Article by Miller Bowe J-1 correspondent
On Thursday, April 11, Godwin held its annual Poetry Day celebration, with more than one hundred students and teachers participating.
Poetry Day is an event run by the school’s literary magazine, Reverse Images. Students recite poems before a crowd of their peers throughout the day.
A wide variety of poems were read, ranging from the works of writers such as Edgar Allan Poe and Lord Tennyson to lyrics from High School Musical. Several students read original compositions.
“Poetry Day is a chance for students to read and hear a lot of poems at one time- an opportunity they may not have too often,” said Godwin English teacher Stephen Wozny, who has been the sponsor for Poetry Day since 2011.
“Two particular teacher’s readings have been equally unforgettable- Mrs. Roscoe’s and Mr. Carter’s, because of the depth of their poems and the quality of their readings,” said Wozny
Several Godwin teachers read poems for the event. Godwin Latin teacher Michael Compton read “Poets,” by Kahlil Gibran, and Godwin English teacher Kent Slonaker read “Chaplinesque,” by Hart Crane.
Many students who read in Poetry Out Loud last December read at Poetry Day, including Godwin Junior Gus Beane, who read at the regional competition in February.
Gus read “Golden Retrievals” by Mark Doty, one of the two poems he read at Poetry Out Loud. The poem comes from the perspective of a dog.
“It’s weird living like a dog. You aren’t concerned with the future or the past, it’s all about the now,” said Beane.