Feature: Hood Student reflects on his passion for Poetry

Today I met with a well-known student in the Hood College community, Jamone Davis. Jamone is a Senior majoring in Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism. He is known for his inspiring and emotional poetry performances on campus and within the Frederick community, like his performance in the school’s talent show and his opening poem for March on Frederick.

He has been writing poetry since he was in the 6th grade and continues to write today for himself and the pleasure of performing. Like many of us writers, he writes to vent and to express himself through writing about life experiences that either he or the people around him have experienced.

“If I see someone going through something I write about it, what I feel I write,” Davis said.

Poetry, Short stories and Publishing?

It’s a question almost every writer has asked themselves at some point, “Should I get my work published?” I think if you do, you also question whether or not you should branch out to other types of writing. “My main focus is poetry but I’m working on trying to write short stories,” Davis said, “If I can [get published] I definitely would, but right now I just want to write to write.”

Style and Inspiration

Each poet writes very differently because we are all passionate about different things in life. When asked about his idols in the world of poetry, Davis listed three: Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou and Robert Frost.

“I know my poems have a lot of emotion, my style is more urban. I write what people can connect to,” Davis said.

As far as style goes, the three poets listed above were all observers of the world and society around them. I think, having heard Jamone Davis perform, that his style is very much like the poets he looks up to. Here are two examples to understand what I mean by “observers,”

“When people care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul.” – Langston Hughes
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

Last thoughts

Poets see poetry differently than the rest of the world, it is very important to us that it be appreciated as an art and that misconstrued information be dealt with.

“Not all poems have to rhyme,” said Davis, “It is a way of expressing yourself. Just because I write about heartbreak doesn’t [necessarily] mean I am heartbroken.”

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