National Poetry Month, recognized every April, is something I have asked students to participate in for every year. From poets.org: “National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.”
As an assignment, I asked the students in my freshmen English 9 class to find favorite lines, stanzas or full poems. The class wrote the poems on index cards or posters with an illustration of some sort. With the older students in my poetry class, the assignment was to create a piece displaying whole poems or parts of poems to be installed somewhere on campus. Students were allowed to use (almost) any material for an inside or outside display. The selected poems had to be credited, appropriate content for a school environment, and legible. The primary purpose of the pieces is to allow anyone to approach and enjoy the poetry as well as the display and its creativity.
In celebration of National Poetry Month, every week during the month of April, we will share a few student installation pieces and a poem for reader enjoyment.
Wood-Worked Installation on Lawn by Dylan Carter ’19 – Dylan’s Original Poem “Just Sit”
Lily Eyvazzadeh ’22, Veronica Burchielli ’22, Diana Lopez ’22, Katy Shnier ’22 Life-Size People Installation Displaying Various Poems on Synder House Stairs
Kelsey Crane ’19 Installation in Snyder House Second Floor Lounge – “Three Sips Ahead” by Anonymous
Lilliana Nino ’19 Installation in Snyder House Second Floor Lounge & Maker Space – “The Palace” by Rudyard Kipling and “The Universe” by Joshua Henry Jones Jr.
“Dor” by Nathalie Handal