Written by John Preer
It takes a lot of effort to make it through a full day of classes.
When classes are finished, some students like to unwind by listening to and reciting poetry. The Deep Release Poetry Organization provides the perfect exhale to calm nerves after a stressful day.
Meetings are held every other Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., and all talents are welcome.
This foundation is not merely a venue for the bustling poet community at VSU. The talent that frequents these evening deep release sessions is not limited to just poets.
Musicians, vocalists, emcees, and even actors are encouraged to showcase their individual crafts.
“The types of talent at each open-mic are really diverse,” Ayanna Taylor, VSU English major, said.
The Deep Release Poetry Organization was founded in the spring of 2008. The current president, Terri Harris, gained her position last spring and has since continued providing the same atmosphere that makes deep release meetings so unique.
Through some recent campus events like The Happening and the Spring Mixer, the organization has gained a bit of popularity that has translated to a packed house at most of the bi-weekly meetings.
President Harris spoke about upcoming events and said that “there are plans for a possible cookout and appearance in the Phi Beta Sigma Word of Mouth event.”
The atmosphere at these meetings is very relaxing and welcoming. The people who come and choose to showcase their talents don’t compete, but rather encourage fellow performers to improve and excel. The audience tends to applaud when a performer makes a mistake rather than taunt.
One thing that really sets Deep Release open-mics apart from others is that many of the audience and most of the performers are VSU students. This commonality can benefit first-time performers because the audience is usually full of friends and peers.
The organization was founded to give the poet community at VSU somewhere to express itself. Since its inception, the organization has amassed faithful and devoted members.
Most of the organization’s focus is on orchestrating and maintaining the open-mics that have become a regular spot for many VSU students. The open-mics begin with an icebreaker to ease any jitters that first-time performers may have. These icebreakers are usually humorous games that get the audience laughing and in a good mood.
Once the icebreaker is done and everybody has gotten acclimated to the environment, the president makes announcements about upcoming news and events.
The performers are then given the floor to exhibit their talent. Once all the people who have signed up to perform have had their turn, the floor is opened up to anyone in the audience who wants to showcase their talent.
This type of setup means that these open-mics can continue as long as there are people who feel the need to express themselves.