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Local Poet Gale Henderson Grew Up in Cleveland's Lee Harvard Community; Was Not Fond of Poetry As A Child

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Poet Gale HendersonCourtesy of The Brown Report Newspaper (Photo)

Cleveland, OH. - Is poetry lyrical, epic or rhythmic? Is poetry a broad skill or a learned talent? Whatever poetry may or may not be, it's a respected art - literature that can inspire, stimulate the minds and motivate people to get up and do something. According to literary, poetry is a type of literature based on the interplay of words and rhythm. It often employs rhymes and meters. In poetry, words flow together to form sounds, images, and ideas that might be too complex or abstract to describe directly. Poetry is a skill few people have mastered, and many artists earn to develop.

While attending a local event, we met a lady named Gale Henderson. Henderson is a minister by trade, and she is a prolific poet. Henderson provided the entertainment. Several attendees thought Henderson was a songstress dressed in all-white attire until she took the microphone. Henderson began to recite an original poem as Gale walked the around the venue. Her vocals were clear, and her attitude was personable as she hung on to every melodic word, phrase, and pause. Audience members began to whisper and ask, "who is this lady"?
Gale HendersonCourtesy of The Brown Report Newspaper (Photo)

Henderson was excellent, powerful, and passionate," said Jennifer Burke. "Henderson's talent is exceedingly exceptional. She brought the fire, rain, and thunder. Her skills are unspeakably rare. I had an opportunity to host her at my church years ago, and she was phenomenal. I went to high school with her," commented Annette Archie.

Having grown up in Cleveland's Lee and Harvard community, Gale Henderson is known in the church community for her gift of poetry. She is often invited to events to deliver to serve as entertainment. She has done over 4,000 programs. Henderson says, "Believe it or not, I was not too fond of poetry in high school. I used to ask, what can Shakespeare do for me? When I got sick, my interest changed. My mother's pastor came to the hospital and gave me a gift. I went to the church and said thank you, and my thank you was poetic. Since then, I have been speaking poetically around the region. Organizations will call, and if I am available, I will travel to go to perform."

Henderson adds, "I have performed for correctional facilities, women's programs including domestic violence seminars, the City of Cleveland, the Black Women Commission of Cuyahoga County, churches, youth organizations, and homeless shelters throughout Ohio. Funny enough, some people will ask me, where is your paper? I will respond, what paper? My poetic justice is natural. My words flow from my heart. I don't read from paper. This skill is a true gift of talent. I love what I do. I found peace through my poems. More so, poetry allows me to connect with others inspirationally," says Henderson.

In February 2020, Henderson received honorable recognition from Former City of Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson.

To get more information about Gale Henderson, find her on Facebook.

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"Brown On Cleveland" features podcast host, former licensed social worker, an occasional National FOX News Network guest, and social justice activist Kimberly F. Brown. Brown is a former talk show host with WOVU.95fm. She has over 20 years of experience as an on-air radio personality. Brown is the Chief Administrator of The Brown Report Newspaper. Brown's background is in investigative reporting.

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