BHS Sophomore Lydia Caron recited her way to a top five Northern Regional finish in the Maine Poetry Out Loud 2016 competition and will be one of ten Maine students to compete at the POL state finals on March 15 at the Waterville Opera House. Five Southern Regional students earned their spots on February 10 in Biddeford.
Poetry Out Loud is a poetry recitation competition sponsored statewide by the Maine Arts Commission and nationally by the National Endowment for the Arts. 20 students representing northern Maine schools competed at Hampden Academy February 29, with the top five according to the judges earning a spot in the Maine POL Finals. State winners advance to the POL 2016 National Finals May 2-4, 2016 at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University, Washington, DC.
English Department Co-Chairs Emilie Throckmorton and Susan Thibedeau coordinate the annual BHS POL competition, which calls for representatives from all English classes to compete in mid-December. Lydia represented an Honors Sophomore English class instructed by Stephanie Hendrix.
Lydia’s successful regional run was based on her recitation of three poems chosen according to POL contest regulations. At the regional, state and national finals, students must have three poems prepared to recite, one of which must be 25 lines or fewer and one must be written before the 20th century. The same poem may be used to meet both criteria and may be the student’s third poem.
Lydia’s three poems are “Ecology” by Jack Collom (text below); “Testimonial” by Rita Dove; and “Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold.
Ecology By Jack Collom
Jack Collom, “Ecology” from Red Car Goes By: Selected Poems 1955-2000, published by Tuumba Press. Copyright © 2001 by Jack Collom. Reprinted by permission of the author.