Louder than a Bomb: Marissa Gomez
March 28th, 2012
Omaha, NE – High school students from across the city will be reading and performing their poetry in a series of competitions kicking off April 15th. KVNO News will be profiling a few of those students from different high schools. This is the second segment in our four-part Louder than a Bomb series.
A handful of students gathered for an after-school Louder than a Bomb workshop at Omaha South High School on a recent spring day. The group met in a third floor classroom with a sign posted above a chalk board that reads: â€œYou never know what you can do until you try.â€
Marissa Gomez is a 16-year-old junior at South. After music practice, she joined the group and moved her desk, adding to a half-circle arranged in the center of the classroom. Gomez said sheâ€™s been writing since about the third grade. At first she wanted to be a song writer, she said, but she couldnâ€™t sing. â€œIâ€™m all for poetry, so I was all for Louder than a Bomb,â€ she said.
Wearing a black sweatshirt and jeans, Gomez stepped to the front of the group and started her piece, entitled â€œWho I Am.â€
Listen Now to hear Gomezâ€™s poem in full[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Who-I-am-2.mp3]
Writing “starts with an idea, of any sort, sometimes a lot of times itâ€™s about love,” she explained. “Then it develops, who Iâ€™m thinking about at that time. If itâ€™s about my dad, then it’s developing more about who he is, how heâ€™s treated me, how weâ€™ve accomplished a lot of things, how weâ€™ve worked together.”
Gomez said sheâ€™s gone through a lot in life and writing gives her an outlet to open up. For example, her poem “One, two, three, four” is about her four “biggest heartbreaks.”
Working with a team of students preparing for the competition, Gomez said, has been a strengthening experience. She said her team, which is a mixture of personalities, works together and supports each other.
â€œWe want to be the strongest, have the strongest poems,” she said. “So when we talk about each otherâ€™s poems, we let that out.” The team picks apart each poem, she said, dissecting the language and the choices made.
“For me, itâ€™s like I donâ€™t think you putting that there makes it stronger, and so I work it, and I let them know,” she said. “And they say yeah, thatâ€™s better, or they say no that needs to change.”
Gomez’s team will have the opportunity to share its stories with the rest of the city at the upcoming Louder than a Bomb competition that begins April 15th, and includes 12 high schools from across Omaha and Lincoln.
â€œIâ€™m hoping we do good,” she said. “None of us are really all that concerned about points…Yeah weâ€™d like to win, but when it comes to us, we just want to be heard.”
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