Bisa Adero, Youth Poet Laureate, hopes to inspire young poets


William Miskel-Barker

Bisa Adero, senior, recites one of her most popular poems "Black Don't Crack".

Bisa Adero has taken her poetry to a place where she never thought it could go. She has been doing poetry since she was six and does not plan to stop. Adero feels as though it is something that can turn into something more than just poetry. It is a source that she uses to expel preconceived notions of conflicts happening in the world. It has “saved her life,” said the winner of poet laureate. She says it is a easy way to show people they care.

“When it is put into the perspective of poem, people are more willing to listen than to just have it go in one ear and out the other,”

Something that can not be lost is the effect of her tone and the way she delivers the “obsessive words” said the poet. The intensity of her words make you wonder if she is talking to you or the crowd. Though her eyes wander the room, when she connects pupils with you, “it’s like she’s having a conversation with you. Except it’s intense and you have to listen,” said anonymous student who once attended her poetry slam.

“It is not about the material as much as it is about the delivery.” She relies heavily on the audience reaction to the rest of her poem. Most of the time, for her, it is very easy for Adero to give her poetry. “It is so subtly intense but folks catch on pretty quickly.” Making jokes during her poems takes away from the seriousness and the tone for the poem. She has always had a passion for making people think inside the box. She likes to stay in her safe space because there’s no reason to be out of the metaphorical box.

Most of the time when it comes to making the poem relatable, she says it takes a long time to process all different types of audiences. “It’s more about the material that I care about rather than the feedback.” If it is something she truly believes in, she shows no remorse if the feedback is not what is expected.