Poetry by and about women

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 5:00pm

I was a little nervous going to my first poetry reading, even though I wasn’t reciting. The event was called “Women in Poetry” — I had to try it. Being new to the community, I was timid at first, but within minutes the environment settled me down. Everyone was there to absorb and feel the words that flowed from the speakers. 

Energy was sent throughout the room as readers connected and expressed themselves through the poems. Every poem and reader stood out in a different way, and I left remembering how each reader made me feel with the pieces they selected.

They were deep, connecting to many different senses: serenity, solitude, grief, and acceptance. The room laughed, wept a little, and fully supported every reading with open arms.

My favorite poem was “Phenomenal Woman,” written by Maya Angelou and read by Naomi Kerest. This enlightening piece lifted my spirits. 

I was able to experience how impactful it is to share what draws us each as individuals, and what connects us together as a community. 

Hailey Wilson is a photographer and artist living on Block Island.