Photo by Karen LugoPictured Abigail Palacios,11th grade Poem written and presented “Early”. ■ By Drew Wilson / Contributed A base guitar bumps a low melody while brushes dance on a snare and hipsters of all ages, some with Beatnik face-paint, mingle, sipping strong coffee and talking about art. In the center of the dark, standing-only room is a microphone, alone on a stand, under a spotlight. It’s surrounded by chairs. It looks like the setting of an underground nightclub located in the artsy part of some large city, but it’s just the Hemet High School second stage and the spoken-word art coming from The Box Under the Bed Cafe Poetry Society
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