2016 POL Semifinalists – GOOD LUCK!!

Congratulations to the 110 Poetry Out Loud semifinalists who are preparing to storm the stage tomorrow and impress us with their courage and their poetry. Good luck tomorrow!

Period 1 (16 students)

Angel Vargas — “Spanglish” by Tato Laviera
Kosta Stamides- “The Art Room” by Shara McCallum
Ryan Morey — “Always Something More Beautiful” by Stephen Dunn
Joshua Becker – “The End of the World” by Dana Gioia
Luong Nguyen “A Poison Tree” by William Blake
Arianna Pishev “I am Learning to Abandon the World” by Linda Pastan
Kristina Wolinski “Adam’s Curse” by William Butler Yeats
Rutvi Shah – “Cartoon Physics Part 1” by Nick Flynn
Lauren Salazar- “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou
Mark Lukwago-”After a Rainstorm” by Robert Wrigley
Sarah Hoac — “Dear Reader” by Rita Mae Reese
Fiona Maxwell “I am Learning to Abandon the World” by Linda Pastan
Gati Aher “Cartoon Physics, part 1” Nick Flynn
Katrina Radice “Work Without Hope” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Nina Nguyen — “Thoughtless Cruelty” by Charles Lamb
Demetrius Sylvert– “After a Rainstorm” by Robert Wrigley

Period 2 (10 students)   

Zoe DeSantis – Choices by Tess Gallagher
Madison Hoyt “All this and More” by Mary Karr
Mufaro Mutuswa – Snowflake by William Baer
Mathew Mitchell – “Blind Curse” by Simon J. Ortiz
Lauren Carlson- “The Lamb” by Linda Gregg
Zyann Sharkah “Ways of Talking” by Ha Jin
Michael Saliba – “They Are Hostile Nations” by Margaret Atwood
Caroline Akerley – “Personal” by Tony Hoagland
Havanah Becker – “Movement Song” by Audre Lorde
Quentin Inglis “The Blue Booby” by James Tate

Period 3 (16 students)  

James Hoffman “The Salutation” by Thomas Traherne
Ananya Gurjar “I am Learning to Abandon the World” by Linda Pastan
Sarah Iodice “Candles” by Carl Dennis
Alexandria Floyd “There’s Been a Death in the Opposite House” by Emily Dickinson
Laura Schissler “Solitude” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Dhruvesh Rana “In a Dark Time” by Theodore Roethke
Hannah Lee “Self Portrait” by Robert Creeley
Nicole Woods “Floating Island” by Dorothy Wordsworth
Dakota Scalzi “The Brook” by Edward Thomas
Dan McCarthy “Old Ironsides” by Oliver Wendall Holmes
Nick Campagna “Solitude” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox*
Victoria Cruz – “The Cities Inside Us” by Alberto Ríos
Alyssa Healey “Self-Portrait” by Chase Twichell
Delaney O’Toole “My Brother, The Artist, at Seven” by Philip Levine
Maddie Walker – “The Rain” by Robert Creeley
Tiffany Wu — “It Isn’t Me” by James Lasdun

Period 4 (12 students)

Sammy Scioli– “September 1918” by Amy Lowell
Laura Harder “The Salutation” by Thomas Traherne
Steven Gelberg — “Monet Refuses the Operation” by Lisel Mueller
Jake Hanafin “The Second Coming”
Patrick Creedon – The Rain by Robert Creeley
Shinji Coram — “Zoom!” by Simon Armitage
Neil Bhammar – Beautiful Wreckage by W. D. Ehrhart
Matt DiRico “The Donkey” – G.K. Chesterton
Ada Wiggins – Onions by William Matthews
Stephanie Brincklow – Envy by Mary Lamb
Shannon Carey – Monet Refuses the Operation by Lisel Mueller
Dakota Ikier– “Catch a Little Rhyme” by Eve Merriam

Period 5 (16 students) 

Emily LoRusso “Corn Maze” by David Barber
Dan Xue – Beautiful Wreckage by W. D. Ehrhart
Sophie Mitchell –  ”Learning to Swim” By Bob Hicok
Hannah Currie “Pity the Beautiful” by Dana Gioia
Simran Jakhu- “It Isn’t Me” by James Lasdun
Mia Campbell – Wife’s Disaster Manual by Deborah Paredez
Rima Patel – “A Thousand Martyrs” by Aphra Behn
Kevin Shields “Epitaph on the Lady Mary Villiers” by Thomas Carew
Lorraine Kanyike – “Kin” by Maya Angelou 
Laura Frustaci – “The Faithful” by Jane Cooper
Jamie Theirrien – “Coy Mistress” by Annie Finch
Billy Robinson — “Advice to a Prophet” by Richard Wilbur
Malika Rodriguez “Layabout” by John Brehm
Crystal Curran – “American Smooth” by Rita Dove
Cally Allain “Quite Frankly” by Mark Halliday
Natalie Haddad “Envy” by Mary Lamb

Period 6 (18 students)

Sarah Iler – “The Blue Booby” by James Tate 
Becca Rigoli “Every Single Day” by John Straley
Muskan Kaw  “The Albatross” by Kate Bass
Hannah Miksenas – “The Larger” by Joanie Mackowski 
Isabella Alessi- “Waving Goodbye” by Gerald Stern
Jessica Sarver “Testimonial” by Rita Dove
Allison Murphy “April Midnight” by Arthur Symons
Kobe Russell – Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson
William Robinson “Advice to a Prophet” by Richard Wilbur
Julianna Grossman “Quite Frankly” by Mark Holladay
Christian Weisse – I Felt a Funeral in my Brain by Emily Dickinson
Noel Goulette “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost
Claudia Webb “Personal” by Tony Hoagland
Madison Metzdorf – “The Gift” by Li-Young Lee
Cat Bowler “Quite Frankly” by Mark Halliday
Carli Boodakian — “Domestic Situation” by Ernest Hilbert
Caitlin Shea “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus
Ryan Giogas — “Self-Employed” by David Ignatow

Period 7 (22 students)

Sarah Owens “On Quitting” by Edgar Albert Guest
Sameer Khalifa — “Enough” by Suzanne Buffman
Courtney Brown – “Ah! Why, Because the Dazzling Sun” by Emily Bronte
Chloe MacNeil “After the Winter” by Claude McKay
Mikenna Mattson “The Obligation to Be Happy” by Linda Pastan
Jess Abrevaya “April Midnight” by Arthur Symons
Gabrielle Goulette “The Redeemer” by Siegfried Sassoon
Hannah MacNeil — “A Barred Owl” by Richard Wilbur
Sasha Festi “End of Summer” by Stanley Kunitz
Niket Patel – “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen (in print anthology)
Anders Selli “The Last Laugh” Wilfred Owens
Peter Lynch “A Sign From My Father, Who Stressed the Bunt” by David Bottoms
Becca Haded – “The Obligation to be Happy” by Linda Pastan
Dorothy Mulo The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Yaju Tuladhar – “Youth” by James Wright
Ivy Saltsman “The Death of Allegory” by Billy Collins
Oriane Hoeman – “Personal” by Tony Hoagland
Amanda McCombs – “And Soul” by Eavan Boland
Tehniyat Hakim- “The Way it Sometimes Is” by Henry Taylor  
Ben Horgan “We’re Human Beings” by Jill McDonough
Gianni Newman- “Invitation to Love” by Paul Dunbar
Nadia Zaganjori “Try to Praise the Mutilated World” By Adam Zagajewski

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