Cassandra Myers

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Clark Hartman

spoken word poetry, performance, lyric, eckphrasis poetry, 

Did you read poetry when you were in high school? Is there a particular poem that you loved when you were a teenager?: 

Yes I did read poetry in highschool! The poem that I loved in highschool was "Chops" from Perks of Being a Wallflower. 

When did you first start writing poetry? And then when did you start thinking of yourself as a poet?: 

I first started writing poetry in grade 12 for a writers craft class where I did my first spoken word poem and then once i came to university in Toronto I found a spoken word community that welcomed me and emboldened me to keep writing. It was there that I became involved in the youth poetry community internationally attending festivals such as Brave New Voices, Youth Can Slam, and the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational. 

What do you think a poet’s “job” is?: 

In the words of Mary Oliver "to belong deeply to themselves" and once you belong deeply to yourself that's the kind of work that changes the world. 

If you have a poem in our anthology what inspired you to write it?: 

I wrote it on a boat at the lake just feeling so much joy. Being with my cousin and everything in the poem is a live depiction of the event that I was experiencing in that moment. Just noticing the way that we as brown mixed kids often feel like we don't have a community to belong to -- we are inbetween worlds. In this bay on the lake we belonged to each other. The only way my masculinity and my browness and my ability needed to be validated was by water, the sky, the trees, and my own blood. And that was a haven from all the voices elsewhere in the world telling me I'm not enough. 

If you had to choose one poem to memorize from our anthology, which one would it be?: 

I would memorize "aubade for the BPD subreddit user who wrote can people with BPD love?"