Last week the library played host to the annual Poetry Slam final, which saw pupils from years 6-9 unleashing their verbal pyrotechnics in front of a rapt crowd.
The finalists responded imaginatively to this year’s theme, ‘Nature’, with poems ranging from the darkly apocalyptic to the light-hearted; Finn's (7SMH) ‘Lenny the Leopard’ was a brilliant example of the latter.
This year we welcomed poet Jolade Olusanya to Emanuel for the first time to help adjudicate the proceedings. Having put the finalists at their ease with some last-minute warm-up exercises, he opened the event with a beautifully naturalistic performance of one of his own poems, brilliantly demonstrating that performance poetry need not involve shouting and violent gesticulation; as he told the pupils, he likes to let the words speak for themselves.
Ultimately the year group prizes went to Max (6ERM), Sofia (7WGD), Alice (8HEB) and Aron (9RLP). It was felt that the year 9 entries were particularly strong this year, with many of the finalists, including James (9KZM), showing real mastery of linguistic music. However, the judges chose to award the trophy for the overall winner to Hughie (9DMP), some of whose striking imagery (‘Freckled like a ginger Jackson Pollock’ and ‘labelling yourself like a notice board’) helped him to victory.
Well done to all involved, including all those who took part in class competitions, and keep writing!
Mr Rice (Teacher of English)