Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Area Reading Council Honors Young Poets

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Area Reading Council Honors Young Poets

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Proving once again that the art of poetry is alive and well in Sarasota, a plethora of students from elementary, middle and high schools throughout the county recently gathered at the Pine View School auditorium for the annual poetry contest and finalist's reception.

The event is sponsored by the Sarasota Reading Council, in partnership with the Sarasota County School Board; Cedric Hameed, Comcast employee, author and poetry enthusiast; as well as Pine View School.

The council recognized young poets in five categories in grades 2- 12.

Themed poems like Emma Epstein's "Be Your Self," encouraged self confidence, while Kaitlyn King's "Perfect Little Rose" spoke to the dark side of human nature, anger and hidden agendas.

"People," Kaitlyn said shyly, "are like roses because they are beautiful, but they can be dangerous when they're messed with."

Emma attends Bay Haven School of Basics Plus; she is a grade 2-3 entry. Kaitlyn attends Brentwood Elementary; she entered the 4-5 category.

Snatches of intelligence, similes, metaphors and laughter reverberated throughout the audience. Poets shared the back-story on their work; poems of loves lost and hearts broken were expressed with both humor and angst.

Levi Bradford is a junior at Sarasota High School. Levi's work fills the pages of Sarasota High School's poetry publication, The Scribe and Scribbler.

Levi entered an ode to his grandfather for the 2012 poetry competition. "It's called 'Grandpa,'" Levi said, "and it's basically my reflections on his death.

"I didn't know him as well as I wished -- to me, it's an emotional poem."

Levi added that his creative methodology is "a process of building -- I am making something, not for publication, just for the poem."

Devin Serino, 14, is on the McIntosh Middle School Hawk team. Dorothy Rieger is Devin's science teacher; "Even though it is science, my kids write poems," Rieger said. "They choose their topic and then they have to do the research to write the poem. …

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