FOREST CITY | A Forest City High School teacher is hoping a visit from two Waldorf University women will change his students’ mind about poetry writing.

Mandi Wright, 21, and Rakailla Eauley, 19, both Waldorf juniors who are involved in a creative writing club, spoke to Scott Bertelsen’s English 3 class Friday, Nov. 3, about poetry — a subject the students will revisit several times throughout the trimester.

“I just want to try to dispel that myth that poetry is boring, stagnant, old and doesn’t apply to anybody, and I think they’ve made that quite clear with their presentation,” Bertelsen said about why he reached out to Ryan Clark, Waldorf University director of creative writing.

Wright and Eauley shared a variety of forms and samples with the classroom of nearly 30 high school juniors.

“Poetry can no longer be defined by just a simple dictionary phrase,” Wright said. “It’s everywhere, and today poets have broken boundaries with different forms of expression.”

Eauley spoke about poetry and activism, while referencing recent current events.

To conclude the class, students were asked to write a poem about an injustice they’ve witnessed or experienced.

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