Local teen hopes to create a happier world through music, poetry

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — If you’re going to pray, don’t worry. If you’re going to worry, don’t pray. One recent high school graduate truly believes that, which is why it’s one of her favorite sayings. She prays a lot. She writes a lot. She sings a lot, and she smiles a whole lot. People who know her think that’s what makes her a ray of sunshine.

Her name is Ke’J Taylor, and she turned 18 in February. Thirteen years earlier, at the age of five, she says that’s when she started writing poetry.

“As I learned more, experienced more and started to face some of life’s challenges, the poetry got deeper,” said Taylor.

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What Entrepeneurs Could Learn From Trying to Write Poetry

What Entrepeneurs Could Learn From Trying to Write Poetry

Humanities majors are becoming increasingly desirable to corporations. Just take a look at this recent study suggesting that Google’s most-prized skills in its employees are those cultivated by a humanities degree rather than a STEM degree. But even if you don’t have a degree in the humanities, you can still take insight from the wisdom that programs of study like English, history and philosophy have to offer.

For example, I recently read Mary Oliver’s A Poetry Handbook: A Prose Guide to Understanding and Writing Poetry in preparation for a poetry segment in one of the literature courses I’m teaching, and I was struck by how much of Oliver’s advice to budding poets is incredibly relevant to the corporate world as well. The following points and their accompanying Handbook quotes demonstrate how the humanities, and poetry in particular, can offer fresh advice and creative strategies for becoming a better employee, business owner — you name it.

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Winning Poems To be Engraved On Sleepy Hollow Sidewalk

While Hollywood stars have their footprints and handprints immortalized in cement  in front of  Grauman’s Chinese Theater, local rivertown residents now have a chance to make a literary impression in cement.  It is an opportunity that doesn’t arrive very often, and it doesn’t involve footprints or handprints.

“Poetry in the Pavement Program” is part of a plan to “rebuild and enhance” the sidewalk along Riverside Drive in the Philipse Manor neighborhood of Sleepy Hollow. And what will be engraved in the cement will be brief poems, the winning entries in the village-wide poetry competition launched last month by a collaboration of the  Hudson Valley Writers Center and the Village of Sleepy Hollow.

When the new sidewalk is installed this spring, the winning poems will be imbedded in it, according to the contest directors. Here are the contest’s guidelines:

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THINK: Fresh Opinions, Sharp Analyses and Powerful Essays | NBC News

This has to be one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a very long time.  So beautiful.  I highly recommend clicking on the link and watching the video associated with this story.  Amazing.

Deaf Poet’s Visual Poetry: Creative Storytelling Without Words Poet Douglas Ridloff creates American Sign Language poetry and performs at ASL Slam, a creative outlet for deaf people.

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Poetry: It’s Far From a Dead Art | Marsha Mercer | newsadvance.com

I really appreciate the attitude of our current poet laureate, she is so forward thinking and wonderful at coming up with ways to integrate poetry (which in turn can inspire addition of other arts) into our daily lives.  I hope we listen to her – she’s so creative and sincere.  A lovely voice, I only hope we hear.

Smith said a few months ago that as poet laureate she would take poetry beyond the ivy walls of universities and urban literary festivals to places where it is seldom heard or read. She received invitations from communities struggling with addiction as well as from nursing homes, hospitals and hospices.

“Nursing homes are often overlooked” when we think of poetry, she said in a telephone interview Wednesday, before her inaugural reading at the Library of Congress. “Poetry can be very useful at the end of life.”

Source: Poetry: It’s Far From a Dead Art | Marsha Mercer | newsadvance.com