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Poetry has been a topic of amusement, enjoyment, and to some students, a subject of some dislike and disdain. It seems that poetry is something about which every student has an opinion, and often, it can be negative. Tom Zart, a poet who is self-proclaimed as the “most published on the web” writes,
“Poetry is the lighthouse of life
Guiding the lost from a stormy sea.
Without it's presence darkness prevails
Keeping us from all we can be.”
With this in mind, UAS librarians, Leslie Baker and Rhonda Lesperance, energized the entire school with a massive push for poetry appreciation. Along with a team of dedicated poetry enthusiasts, they compiled a list of poems that were shared throughout the school during the month of April.
The poems, which ranged from serious and reflective topics to fun and amusing themes, were read aloud in the libraries, during announcements and at open mic opportunities. Each day there was a poem for both older and younger student audiences. Through this process, our students at UAS have come to appreciate the power of the spoken word in poetry form, and enjoy the unique nature of poetry as a form of art and communications. As Mr. Zart puts in in the final stanza of his poem,
“Always remember the power of poetry
Is used by both heaven and hell.
It's up to us to choose our pleasure
As poetry remains alive and well.”