2019 Poetry March Madness

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2019 Poetry March Madness

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The official 2019 Millbury Poetry March Madness has begun this past week. The poetry competition, led by Mr. Johnson, has found the English Department collecting 32 brand new poems (16 for Senior High and 16 for Junior High), to be pitted head-to-head against each other to see which poem reigns supreme. Last year winner, “Oranges” by Gary Soto, was submitted by Mrs. Cote.

This years crop of poems includes works from lasting historical figures such as William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe, while also featuring contemporary writing from the likes of slam poet Saul Williams.

So far, in the Senior High School Bracket, Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18” has fallen to Barbara Crooker’s “Patty’s Charcoal Drive-In”, an upset that would, no doubt, have the renaissance era English master rolling in his grave. Day two saw Sidney Lanier’s “A Song of Eternity in Time” beat Dickinson’s “Hope is the Thing With Feathers”. Millbury seems to be turning its back on the classic canon and choosing more modern poems that seem to have direct relevance to their lives.

Friday’s Senior High match-up features “One Hundred Love Sonnets: XVII” by Pablo Neruda against “Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper” by Martin Espada. While in the Junior High, William Carlos Williams “The Red Wheelbarrow” faces off against “Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese”.   

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