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Poet tells a contrasting story of Onondaga County as he performs his poem ‘Room for Improvement’

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Michael A. Gaut — aka “MicThaPoet” — was born in Cazenovia, New York, and developed a love for poetry early. He wrote his first poem when he was just 7 years old on the back of gift-wrap paper his mother was using to wrap his baby sister’s presents. He memorized classics like “The Raven.”

Gaut said he aspired to be a classical poet, like William Blake or William Wordsworth, but soon realized his natural rhythm to poetry was more influenced by contemporary music and hip-hop culture. He began to read his poetry at open mic sessions for musicians, where he got the name “MicThaPoet.” With other poets he developed a spoken-word project called “The Underground Poetry Spot.”

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Ashley KangPoet tells a contrasting story of Onondaga County as he performs his poem ‘Room for Improvement’