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Students bring their poetry to life at special reading

Eleven students (not in order) participated in the reading, including sophomores Hannah Looby, Dustin and Owen Schoenfeld, Macey Sprague, John Doyle, junior Charlotte Staats; and seniors Alexa Mitchell, Delaney Sears, Ethan Markwica, and Ellexus Vaughn.

Eleven students (not in order) participated in the reading, including sophomores Hannah Looby, Dustin and Owen Schoenfeld, Macey Sprague, John Doyle, junior Charlotte Staats; and seniors Alexa Mitchell, Delaney Sears, Ethan Markwica, and Ellexus Vaughn. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— In an evening of rhythm, allegory, life, alliteration, heartbreak, joy, disappointments, and wisdom students and veteran poets shared their pieces for the fifth annual Poetry Extravaganza.

Westport Central school poetry students from Scott Gibbs class and members of the Westport Poetry Group gathered at the Westport Library on June 14 to showcase their work at the closing of the school year.

“It’s an opportunity for people in the town and the school to get together in a positive way,” Judith Moore, member of the poetry group said.

Eleven students participated in the reading: sophomores Hannah Looby, Dustin and Owen Schoenfeld, Macey Sprague, John Doyle, junior Charlotte Staats, and seniors Alexa Mitchell, Delaney Sears, Ethan Markwica, and Ellexus Vaughn.

The students wrote about their experiences

Gibbs, who has been teaching poetry for over 20 years was honored by the students for his upcoming retirement with a song about creating poetry written. The song was written by poet Ann Gleck and performed by Gleck and the students.

“He Helped you open the doors to your closet, take the memories of off your shelf, place them on the floor around you to better look at yourself,” the group sang.

The students wrote pieces that reflected their personality such as Sprague’s poem titled “Shyness,” where she described the emotion with visual characteristics: “Shyness is pretty in her own way,” Sprague read. “Pale Colors like a rainbow fading back into the sky.”

Other pieces grabbed the attention with the first line such as Spears’ poem titled “Overlooking is part of our society.” As she finished the piece’s title her first line went on as “I wouldn’t be surprised if you overlooked this poem, I wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t, because this poem is a distraction to your guilt.” Some audience members laughed but most were instantly engaged.

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