The following are one-minute previews of poems, mostly excerpts, with an example from each grade level performance. These examples have been truncated from stage form to fit within the means of video. Audience participation, which is an integral part of our performances, is also absent in these examples.
The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll
Grade 3-5 Show
The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes
Grade 6-8 Show
The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot
Grade 9-12 Show
"Poetry Alive! was a very energetic team. This even got the audience involved and gave everyone a positive taste of poetry in a very safe environment. I just hope we are able to continue bringing them to our beautiful campus."
- Jason Baker,
Junior, Buena Vista University.
"During a Poetry Alive performance, ther emotional energy in the poems is visually released in the actors while crowd participation enlivens an art form that can too easily become static on the page. ... Poetry Alive! educates, entertains, and unites people of diverse genders, ages, and levels of experience. Poetry Alive! literally helps keep poetry alive as a vital member of our culture."
- Alisha Benson,
Public Services Coordinator, Lake Geneva Public Library.