NEW ORLEANS (WGNO ) – A local poet featured in a Spike Lee documentary used his words to spread his message of pain and loss about Hurricane Katrina to the world. Ten years later, he’s still spreading his poetry, but now it is about renewal.
10 year after Hurricane Katrina, Shelton Alexander is letting his light shine.
“My spirit, my soul. I’ve dedicated myself to come back and rebuild,” he said.
After the storm in the darkest of days the St. Bernard Parish native that’s from Violet said he shed light on the situation through spoken word poetry, like this one called, “Will You Be There?”
His poem garnered the attention of world-famous director, Spike Lee who decided to put Shelton in his 2006 documentary about Hurricane Katrina called, “When the Levees Broke”.
“I recited the piece to him and he was like that’s cool man, and he said he really liked my poem,” Alexander said.
For the past 10 years, like many in the area, Shelton’s been working on rebuilding, renewal and he’s focusing on spreading positivity to the youth. Right now, he’s a creative writing teacher for Jefferson Performing Arts Society. He continues to write poems with a message. This one’s for the kids about bullying called, “Learned Behavior”.
These past 10 years, for him have been filled with lessons and growth.
“You can have all this and then in a moment and then it’s all gone. Don’t value those things, value the people,” this poet said.
Every Tuesday he hosts “True Poetry Tuesdays” at Sweet Lorraine’s Jazz Club on St. Claude Ave. starting at 8:30 p.m.
He’s also featured in a new documentary called, “Stood for the Storm”, which premieres at the Zeitgeist Multicultural Arts Center on Saturday.
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