As the competitive drama season quickly approaches, I am frantically memorizing and perfecting my pieces. I am also looking for additional pieces to give me more of a variety to choose from.

As the competitive drama season quickly approaches, I am frantically memorizing and perfecting my pieces. I am also looking for additional pieces to give me more of a variety to choose from.

Since I began competing in drama my freshman year, I have been continually drawn to poetry.

Poetry is not considered to be a “real event” by all. However, to those of us who compete in the event, poetry is real and difficult to master.

Poetry is an individual event that is a six to eight minute piece that is not memorized. Instead, contenders are required to have a binder with the selections.

An introduction is required to hook the audience and inform them of what they may look forward to in the selection without giving it away. The introduction must be memorized.

Contenders may choose to have a single poem written by a single author, or a selection of poems with a similar theme written by the same author or various authors.

Over the summer, I had decided to take my poetry selection from “You Remind Me of You” by Eireann Corrigan. I attempted to retrieve a copy and have been unable to thus far.

I am a library aide fifth block at school, therefore, I have ample access to material for contest. I was helping Ms. Wiegers recommend several books for a student who seemed to either have read everything we suggested or was not interested in the type of books that were recommended.

Ms. Wiegers suggested the student read “Because I Am Furniture” by Thalia Chaltas. Ms. Wiegers proceeded to inform the student that “Because I Am Furniture” is a verse novel.

My ears perked up at the sound of the words “verse novel.” I had been relentlessly looking for a verse novel for poetry. Although I had shelved the book numerous times, I never opened the novel.

Immediately, I scurried over to the shelf and picked up the copy I recently shelved and checked it out.

I read half of the novel that night and was not thoroughly impressed because of the lack of transitions.

I read the rest of the novel the following night and my view of it changed.

The narrator is Anke, a high school freshman, who is not noticed by her father and is hardly noticed by her two siblings and mother. As she progresses in her freshman year, her confidence builds and leads to a life-changing experience.

I decided against poetry and decided to create a dramatic interpretation using various parts of the novel.

By choosing to use the novel for a D.I. (an eight to ten minute memorized piece), I allowed myself to have a much needed additional two minutes.

I have the piece completely cut and an introduction written. Now, I am working diligently on memorization.

I do recommend “Because I Am Furniture.” Chaltas handles a very difficult situation delicately, creating an eye-opening novel.