Episode 17: The Power of Poetry

Dec 23, 2017, 05:44 AM

Henrik Hoeg talks to us about his love of poetry and his passion for Peel Street Poetry open mic events, where he not only reads poems but also is the MC. Over the past eleven years, Peel Street Poetry has evolved into a group of international poets from all walks of life, who write and read poetry at the open mic sessions in Hong Kong. Henrik shares how his interest in poetry began in high school with passionate teachers who inspired him with their creative teaching methods. We explore how poetry can change lives and how joining the poetry readings can break through barriers and develop a person’s self-confidence and public speaking skills. The power of the written word can impact change and inspire people to delve further into the world of poetry. We discuss Henrik’s book "Irreverent Poems for Pretentious People" and he reads us two wonderful poems from his collection during the podcast. Henrik explains how writing poetry in other people’s voices can expand your perspective on life and the importance of creativity to nourish the soul. The Peel Street Poetry community are involved in many charity events and Henrik has spoken in two TEDx talks. 

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