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Po­etry Out Loud New Mex­ico state fi­nals; Muse Times Two read­ings by Cate Marvin and Gary Worth Moody

In the olden days, mem­o­riza­tion and recita­tion of po­etry was an ed­u­ca­tional sta­ple, meant for build­ing kids’ pub­lic-speak­ing skills and cog­ni­tive ca­pac­ity while also in­tro­duc­ing them to lan­guage and lit­er­a­ture. But the ac­tiv­ity fell out of fa­vor gen­er­a­tions ago, seen by many as an out­moded teach­ing tech­nique us­ing an es­o­teric art. In 2006, the Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Arts and the Po­etry Foun­da­tion part­nered with state arts agen­cies to form Po­etry Out Loud and bring the prac­tice back at the ex­tracur­ric­u­lar level. Since then, com­pe­ti­tions have been held in high schools across the na­tion and 10 na­tional cham­pi­ons have been crowned. Lo­cal win­ners face off at the Po­etry Out Loud New Mex­ico state fi­nals on Sun­day, March 6, at 1 p.m., in St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium (New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave., 505- 476-5027). There is no charge to at­tend. The win­ner goes on to com­pete at the 11th an­nual na­tional cham­pi­onship, held in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. in May. For in­for­ma­tion visit www. nmarts. org/po­etry- out- loud.

The po­etry con­tin­ues all af­ter­noon on Sun­day, March 6, with a Muse Times Two read­ing by Cate Marvin and Gary Worth Moody at 4 p.m. at Col­lected Works Book­store (202 Gal­is­teo St., 505-988- 4226). Marvin is the au­thor of three books, most re­cently Or­a­cle, pub­lished in 2015 by W.W. Nor­ton & Com­pany. Moody lives in Santa Fe; his most re­cent book is OC­CO­QUAN, pub­lished last year by Red Moun­tain Press. — J. L.

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