much of the written poetry we know today, which is a conscious,
solitary, non-musical art, SOULSPEAK
is spontaneously spoken to slow rhythmic music and is largely driven
by the unconscious.
and Scylla's lives have changed, as have the lives of many
they have come in contact with, especially children. At one time
they saw poetry solely as a solitary, literary art, but their personal
experience with this art form has completely
changed the way they view poetry; now seeing it as an instinctual
art form that anyone who can speak can create. They have also experienced
it as an expressive modality that is intensely spiritual and social
In addition, SOULSPEAK
is a poetry that is created with a partner, in that the poem is spoken
in antiphonal (speaker/responder) fashion. All of these characteristics
give this creative venue the unique power to tap, almost effortlessly,
into the soul, or unconscious, of the presenter(s), which is the source
of all true art.
have been presented in many community settings and
have introduced over 3000 children at 50 schools and institutions
to this artistic forum.
Participants learn to share their creations effortlessly as SOULSPEAK
is learned almost instantaneously by anyone, even slow learners.
No previous knowledge of poetry, or even reading or writing is
required. This art form has shown itself to be healing in nature
for both speakers and listeners and has been proven to vastly
increase self-awareness and empathy for others.
this respect, SOULSPEAK
is very close to prayer in its depth and intensity. In fact, the
first form of prayer was poetry, the tribal poetry from which
has been adapted.
Poetry Theatre is a non-profit (501-C) corporation, founded in 1992.
Its mission is to foster the practice of poetry throughout the community,
specifically: to promote poetry in collaboration with the other
arts; to foster education programs and preserve the art form; to
increase public awareness of poetry and make it more accessible
to the community.