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The Bell Curve|
About The Bell Curve: It's only taken seven years for Beverly Wilkinson to admit that the performance poetry subculture has a lot to offer an average girl leading an average life. Now, she won't shut-up about it. Beverly offers her point of view as a woman with a full calendar, a corporate alter-ego and a perpetual passion for poetry. She is not legendary and she doesn't suck either; this puts her at the top of the bell curve.
About the author: Beverly Wilkinson is the host and SlamMaster for Word Dancing, a weekly poetry open mic and monthly slam in Newark, Delaware. She is a human and thus inherently flawed. Beverly tends to lead with her emotions, defend with acidic wit and traverse the hard, often rocky and heart-breaking road to get where she needs to be. She leads an average life with random fits of normalcy and cathartic outbursts. Beverly is the author of two chapbooks of poetry and has been published in two anthologies, High Desert Voices – The 2005 National Poetry Slam Anthology and Look Up in the Sky! An Anthology of Comic Book Poetry. Her work has also appeared in a local literary magazine called Dreamstreets. She has led poetry workshops at local high schools and at the Ferris School for Boys, a residence for juveniles. She has also taught classes on short story and journal writing. Beverly coached the first slam team to ever come out of Delaware to the National Poetry Slam in 2005 and again in 2006.
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The Bell Curve: Recognize Your Resources|
Posted by Beverly on Thursday, November 22, 2007 (03:34:35)
This is the sixth article for this column that I have posted.
This column started in July and was supposed to be a twice monthly bit of excellence written expressly for you â€“ Yes, YOU! Iâ€™m one of those people who is easily inspired and has the momentum to kick something off in a big way, but sometimes that initial energy can wane. I donâ€™t plan it to work out that way; itâ€™s just a flaw I am finally admitting to these days. For that, I apologize.
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It just came to me...|
Posted by Beverly on Thursday, September 06, 2007 (14:43:15)
In the last installment of The Bell Curve I touched on the retaliation poem and the general consensus of the validity of such poems as art, catharsis or both. Included was an overview about how we are able to recognize different types of poets within existing poetry communities. Now, I would like to discuss recognizing the type of poet we see in ourselves and what inspires us.
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Make Art Not War|
Posted by John on Wednesday, July 04, 2007 (09:25:00)
One thing that I think anyone who participates in a regular poetry reading would have to admit is that eventually, there is going to be some drama. Art is quite simply driven by the snowflake and fingerprint individuality of human emotions. No matter the container you keep it in, the unstable nature of inspiration means that every now and then, youâ€™re going to get a reaction. Poetry communities seem to always form into a family dynamic in the most dysfunctional proportions.
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Thank God and Poetry|
Posted by John on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 (07:40:00)
Recently I received an email from a good friend of mine who also happens to be an amazing poet. In the email she began to describe a laundry list of unfortunate things that had come her way. In trying to remain positive, she also wanted to highlight some things she was thankful for as well. She began this part of the letter with, â€śThank God and Poetry forâ€¦â€ť
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Just Think of Them as Dust Jackets|
Posted by John on Wednesday, June 06, 2007 (07:25:00)
As I was leaving my house to go to work the other morning, my brother-in-law, Tom, was talking to a landscaper who came by to offer an estimate. Tom is not looking for someone to change the landscape, he just wants someone to mow the lawn and rake leaves. The â€ślandscaperâ€ť showed up in a brand-new silver Lexus. He was wearing a very nice shirt, jeans that looked like they have never felt a bead of sweat in all their days and lace up shoes. Now, this man may have worked very hard to become successful. He is probably excellent at what he does which is why there are obvious signs of his success. However, if I were doing the hiring in this case, I would surely be comparing his estimate to other companies. Isnâ€™t there a chance he would overcharge me so he can afford that Lexus? I can also admit, if a man showed up in a pick-up truck, flannel shirt and work boots, I would not, for one second, question the estimate and likely hire him on the spot.
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Posted by John on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 (20:01:48)
Gaussian Distribution is defined as a random distribution of events that is graphed as the famous "bell-shaped curve." It is used to represent a normal or statistically probable outcome and shows most samples falling closer to the mean value.
As a poet with a full-time job, family responsibilities and a weekly poetry reading, Iâ€™ll be the first to admit that there are days where I struggle to rate myself on this ever changing scale of modern-day poets in this amazing community so many of us are a part of now. Just like any other glorious sub-culture that exists these days, we canâ€™t all be legends in the making.
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