5 high school students to read their love poems

February 12, 1993|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,Contributing Writer

Five Carroll County high school students have written winning love poetry for a contest sponsored by the Carroll County Poetry Forum.

The winners take the stage tomorrow night at the forum's "Poems for St. Valentine's: A Poetry Reading."

A winning entry was chosen from each of the high schools. The subject of the contest was in keeping with the spirit of Valentine's Day -- love. Not all of the compositions started out with that theme in mind, however.

Nicole Welsh, a 15 year-old sophomore at Francis Scott Key High School, says her untitled entry did not start out as a love poem. "I guess it's in the way you interpret it," she said. "It's [the poem] about a love of life."

A member of her school's literary club, Nicole is used to sharing her writing but is still nervous about the program. "I hate reading in front of people," she said.

Nicole's nervousness will be eased by the presence of her good friend, Allison Fisher, whose untitled poem was selected to represent North Carroll High School.

Allison has been writing poetry since she was in fourth grade and says that Edgar Allan Poe is one of her favorite poets, even though, she says, "There is a contrast between what he writes and what I write."

Allison likes the idea of having a contest geared toward poetry by teen-agers. "It's a good opportunity to see how high school students view this subject," the 17-year-old junior said.

Jill Sisson, also 17, a senior at Westminster High School, agrees.

"I see a tie-in between being a teen-ager and intensely wanting to express yourself. Poetry is one of the most intensive ways to express yourself," she said.

Her poem, "Tease," describes how a person makes her feel, using the imagery of playing the piano. It is one of her favorites; she said it took her almost all summer to write it. "I was writing and writing and nothing good was coming out until this one," Jill said.

She is excited about reading for an audience. "There are a lot of contests but very few encompass a reading," she said. "I think it's the best part of the contest. Poetry is meant to be read."

Laurie Precht, a member of the forum, thinks the contest and the program accomplish that goal.

"We've been trying to get poetry from different sources," Laurie said. "We try to get people who don't usually come to poetry readings to come."

"We don't have a chance to share our poetry except in school," said Susan Lantz. A 15-year-old sophomore at Liberty High tTC School, Susan was more than a little surprised when her poem "Soaps" was selected. Her English teacher entered it without her knowledge.

Each of the participants will read her winning poem as well as two other selections.

"It's a challenge to compete with people your own age and to actually read it," said Carolyn Scovich, 16, a junior at South Carroll High School.

Her poem, "Sudden Changes," originally was used for a presentation in her creative writing class. She says her poetry writing is just a hobby and art is her career goal. Carolyn sees no problem with mixing the two because "A lot of writing comes from art."

The poetry reading will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Carroll County Arts Council, 15 E. Main St., Westminster. Admission is $2 per person.

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