Out of my many hobbies and activities, one that could quickly be crowned as my favorite is poetry.
The tender rhythm of words combined to express one’s feeling on the inside is fascinating to me. Aside from music, poetry is something that I’ve been nurtured in ever since I was little. It’s a part of who I am, and it helped me grow into the person I am today.
When I was 2, I was introduced to poetry by Maria Silva, co-founder of Basha Foundation and the motor behind the fabulous Poetry Nights. As an autistic person, my communication skills were relatively low, yet I could speak words and sentences in multiple languages and read all sorts of books. Maria started sending my mother pieces of poetry for me to read, and although I don’t remember much, they helped expand my vocabulary.
As much as I loved reading poetry, I never really tried to write poems until 13. I had just started online schooling, and one of the assignments in my English class was to write five short poems. Because I read poetry, it wasn’t too big of a challenge. Unfortunately, I lost these little gems, but the titles that I can remember were “The Golden Bird,” “The Boy with the Bugs,” and “The Pond.” A few weeks after writing the poems, my mother showed me the online flyer for the next Poetry Nights that was going to take place. Naturally, I decided to participate and recite “The Boy with the Bugs,” and since then, I’ve been regularly writing and reciting at Poetry Nights.
Poetry has opened a lot of doors for me. In 2017 and 2018, I was chosen to host the kid’s edition of the event Poetry is an Island. Those were the first two times that I had hosted events, and I’m very grateful for both experiences. It has helped me a lot with public speaking. Then, in 2019 and in April 2020, I participated in Arte di Palabra. I was introduced to several fascinating people.
The world of poetry is simple: let the words flow out of you naturally. It may take a bit of work, but if you can master simple techniques, you will excel! Be inspired by other poets and their work, then create your style. For example, my main inspiration comes from the Bible, specifically Psalms, which contains ancient forms of expression and vocabulary. Somebody else’s might be folk tales or other poets. The main thing is to be yourself in your writing; you might discover something new about yourself!
-Amanda Perla Britten