Kane Smego sees poetry as an art form. He said it is a way to connect and convey emotions.
He has traveled all over the world showcasing his art. He has performed in parts of Africa and South America.
Smego uses spoken word poetry, a type of poetry performed onstage rather than just written on paper.
“My poetry, I use it to engage,” Smego said.
Smego performed seven of his poems on Feb. 2 at Webster in the East Academic Building. The event was sponsored by the Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs. Some of the poems he performed were “Word”, “X chromosome” and “9.99.”
Smego’s main topic for the event was identity and celebrating diversity. He talked about how he saw a lot of diversity and racism while growing up in the Southern U.S. He also touched on current and historical African-American problems.
“Everything didn’t end in the ‘50s with segregation,” Smego said.
He stated he could see and feel the segregation right before his eyes, especially while living in the South.