By Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

Poets and poetry fans gathered April 7 for the Chetco Community Public Library’s first poetry slam. The program included readings of favorite poets as well as original poems.

There were divisions for teens and adults, and Brookings-Harbor High School teachers Dane Tippman and Leila Bryant read poems as well.

Chetco library Technical Assistant Katlyn Temple created and hosted the event and read a poem.

Temple said, “I have been writing since I was a kid, and because I was an English major, I did a lot of writing in college.”

High school student Brigid Mitchell read a poem in honor of Allen Ginsberg, and student Summer Olmos performed a monologue on the dangers of drunk driving.

Olmos’ dramatic reading of a teen dying after being struck by a drunk driver silenced the crowd.

Tippman read a poem in the voice of his angry heart, an emotionally distant heart wanting to pump blood and be left alone. He had the crowd laughing with both this poem and another written from the point of view of his spleen.

Lauren Paulson laid on the floor and read a poem to emphasize a different point of view — a view that included the skies.

Adult readers Judi Angel, Karl Sandstrom and Nancy McClelland, and the youngest reader, 11-year-old Lily McCormick, were members of a local group, the South Coast Writers.

South Coast Writers is a closed group that meets for literary lunches where members share poetry and prose and discuss publication, according to Angel.

Based on the success of this reading, Temple said the library will likely schedule more slams.

Reach Boyd C. Allen at ballen@currypilot.com .

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