• By Candace Brennan
  • Posted Wednesday, April 11, 2018

On the Same Poem

On the Same Poem
On the Same Poem welcomes Larry Barron, LB the Poet. LB, a North Carolina activist and Winston-Salem leader in the poetry community, will be our featured poet for Forsyth County Public Library’s On the Same Poem Luncheon, Thursday, April 26th at noon at the Forsyth County Central Library Auditorium. LB the Poet's featured poem is from his newest work, WORD - "The Poetic Evolution of a Black Man's Story".

On the Same Poem Luncheon
The On the Same Poem Luncheon has become a staple of National Poetry Month in Forsyth County. On the Same Poem (an extension of On the Same Page — the county’s annual Community Read Project) is the shared experience of reading and discussing a single poem, selected for the occasion by the featured poet. LB the Poet will be reading from Transitions. Over a brown bag lunch, participants will discuss the poem, facilitated by discussion leaders at each table. The luncheon will conclude with LB answering questions from the audience.

As space is limited, please contact us to make reservations. For information or to reserve your seats, call or email Candace Brennan at 703-3021 or brennacm@forsyth.cc.

Larry Barron's Biography
Larry Barron, LB the Poet, has traveled and performed all across NC and surrounding states striving to be the voice of inspiration, to empower not only our youth but our people. LB aspires to be the change in the community that so many speak of with a very hands on approach.

LB is The Founder/Curator of The Word Of Mouth Wednesdays Experience(Every 2nd Wednesday)- A monthly poetry event showcasing many different forms of art! He is also the Founder of W.O.R.D Society- A collective group of performance poets who have traveled to various states performing on many stages, the biggest of 2017 being Headlining The NBTF2017 Midnight Poetry event. LB is The Co-founder of SLAM Winston, formerly known as Piedmont Slam. He has also started the monthly Word Of Mouth Poetry Slam(Every 2nd Saturday)with Grand Slam Master, Mr. Bob Moyer. As Founder W.O.R.D Society Youth, LB has started various youth poetry workshops around Winston Salem, partnering with the WS-FC Library System, The Josh Howard Foundation, Thirsty Inc., The Dream School, Authoring Action, and various other youth programs throughout the triad. He hopes to grow the poetry community starting with our youth! These workshops consist of Poetry, the Intro to Slam Poetry, Learning how to Rhyme, confidence building, expression, songwriting and more!

Connect with LB on social media!

Facebook -

  • Larry Barron
  • Word of Mouth Wednesdays


Instagram -
  • @LBThePoet
  • @WomWednesdays
  • @Word.Society


This Year's Featured Poem

YESTERDAY

Everyday...
I wake up with the hopes of being better than i was...
yesterday, cause...
Lately they've been teaching hate, so...
not many people chose to show love yesterday...
Somebody's Mother...
didn't get that one last hug yesterday, because violence breeds violence...
and that innocent little boy lost his life to a slug yesterday...
How many Chose school...
over drugs yesterday? To be a scholar instead of a Thug yesterday? I cant speak for the next...
but, I got it out the Mud yesterday...
I can tell you about the streets and the struggle. Or...
how I met the Plug yesterday...
maaaannnnn...
it is what it is and it was what it was...
Yesterday...
How can we see whats ahead of us...
if we keep looking back at...
Yesterday...?
A wise woman once told me that History repeats itself and there is nothing new under the sun...
and...
Revelation reveals restorations of everything on earth including the sun, its...
required of the father that our gateway is through the resurrection of his son...
it has begun...
& it didn't just begin...
yesterday, How long...
Have we been praying for...
better days? Well let me ask you this, What did you do to prepare for today...
Yesterday?

Why read poetry? In the United States, many people shy away from poetry. They may have had bad experiences with it in school. Or, they may believe that poetry is difficult or inaccessible or not relevant to them.

But poetry can bring a myriad of personal experiences; it can stir resonance that might not otherwise be recognized. United States poet laureate Robert Frost tells us, ““A poem begins with a lump in the throat; a homesickness or a love sickness. It is a reaching-out toward expression; an effort to find fulfillment. A complete poem is one where an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”

Poetry is based on voice, and must be passed through our ears. This is where the sense is made. This is where we find meaning. So, when you read these words and you see poetry,

Read it aloud

pass it through your ears

enjoy the

ride, and

know

the difference between poetry and prose

is that poetry is broken

into lines—

that is all.

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