“I didn’t think it was going to be much walking in, but walking out I felt changed, moved, and maybe even refreshed. Not only just their writing, but even them, simply as people seem like such genuine and accepting people and I’m so glad I was blessed with the experience of meeting and hearing them perform.”

“Before I went to the assembly, I wasn’t a big fan of poetry. Mainly because it isn’t what I’m used to. After I went to the assembly I realize that poetry is so much more than just rhyming words. I realize there is a lot of meanings in poems. There are different forms of poetry. Some poems can tell stories about hard times or good times. Poems can tell a lot of things about the author. Depending on the words the use, the mood of the poem, or the voice they use to narrate the poem. Sometimes they raise their voice and others they move around a lot and move their hands.”

“Thank you so much for coming to share your poems and your stories. Your poems truly moved me and made me really enjoy poetry. I loved how your poems were about current topics that I could relate to, and I’m sure others could relate to as well. I have never been super interested in poetry before. I write a lot of songs on my guitar, but I never did much poetry that wasn’t to music. Now that you came, I am really interested in poetry now. I’m even thinking about maybe doing a teen poetry slam! In a nutshell, I’m so thankful that you came to our school.”

“Thank you for sharing your knowledge, and all of your previous memories and feelings, and putting them into poems. You guys have made me realize, that poetry isn’t just writing and writing, it’s what you want to be, it’s your memories, your feelings, and your everyday life. I think I now know more about poetry, how to write poetry, what you can make poetry be, how you can put your feelings and different colors, and change them to words. Thank you for coming in, and showing us all of your knowledge, and just all you did for us.”