Poetry Out Loud 2017 Alaska State Finals – Live Stream



the Alaska State Poetry Out Loud competition is made possible by the Alaska State Council on the arts in partnership with the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation good evening thank you to all of you for coming out for this really wonderful inspirational evening I'm Nancy D journey with the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council and it has really been our pleasure over over these years to present this wonderful event I'm not going to say too much I'm going to introduce the mayor who will welcome all of you and all of the visitors in here and all of you on television land to Juneau come on out ken Kelsch [Applause] no attack no attack for the music right alright thank you as Nancy said I am Ken couch Mayor of the City and borough of Juneau it is my distinct honor to welcome statewide finals for the National Poetry Out Loud competition to Juneau above my desk in the mayor's office our two of the stands is a poetry that speak to me and guide me every day one is by Langston Hughes the first stanzas hold fast to dreams hold fast to dreams for when dreams die life is a broken-winged bird that can apply the other one that's above my desk is from my favorite American poet Robert Frost it's the last stanza of stopping by woods on a snowy evening the woods are lovely dark and deep but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep and miles to go before I sleep so poetry will guide you as you go through your life it never leaves you and I'm so glad that you're here so we get a welcome to Juneau and this was kind of fun for myself and women in the office to try to put together a welcome so take it as it is we have days of rain and sometimes their snow surrounded by mountains and waters that flow you've traveled far to complete in the slam your voices will be heard the crowd will all Jam you're the best in the state and that's why we're here that's why you're here so welcome to Juneau all the time I hold dear Juneau the journals the capital and really quite pretty I hope you'll enjoy your time in our city poetry is your thing and that's rather cool are you here to recite and rubbers your school and sitting down now I'm ready to listen to poetry out wild statewide competition welcome and I have the honor dues the honor of introducing Ben Brown the president of the Alaska Council is that correct and probably president of everything else so Ben Brown thanks very much to the mayor of Juneau for that kind introduction I am Benjamin brown I'm the chairman of the Alaska State Council on the arts and it's a great honor and privilege we're an 11 member volunteer group appointed by the governor of Alaska and we oversee the very small and very hard-working staff two of whom are here tonight today in Juneau Andrea Noble pelant our executive director and Laura Laura Forbes our education program director and one of my fellow council members Pat race from Juneau is here and really it's a collective effort we work very closely together talking to one another all the time texting staying in constant touch to make sure we can do all the great work that we're able to do we're also very grateful to our friends in the Alaska Legislature we are the official state agency of the state of Alaska and without the modest but very crucial appropriation from the legislature we would not be legally eligible to receive funds from our partners at the National Endowment for the Humanities and those two pieces of public funding have enabled enabled us in recent years to leverage significantly larger sums in private foundation funding and we see that as the future we know that governmental resources at both the state and federal level are straitened today and are likely to remain straightened so we are just so grateful that we have that that base of infrastructure on which to build higher and higher to continue offering great programs like Poetry Out Loud which is one of the many things the State Council on the Arts does and this is a program that is just gone literally and by leaps and bounds to a larger and stronger and more important part of what we do as an agency and so many Alaskan students participate in this competition now it's really really exciting and it's true across every state and juris diction and territory in the country I have was privileged to be in our nation's capital a few years ago when Maeva Ordaz won the National Finals West High School student at the time now she's at Columbia University and I have to tell you I was bursting at the seams with pride as an Alaskan as an Arts Council Chairman and I rushed the stage and I jumped up it wasn't very well secured I have to say cuz I was I was right next to Jane chilly the chairman of the NEA who was like who is he but we're friends now but at the time I think she was a little alarmed but Maeva to be quite honest remembered me from having come not once but twice to these statewide finals here in Juneau so I'm so happy I was able to meet our young participants today they've had a good time I think so far we got to go visit first lady Donna Walker at the governor's house which was a real special treat but I think the biggest treat is what you're all about to see now which is to hear them recite these poems that they have worked so very hard on to be here and I know that they're going to just do a tremendous job and impress you and make our judges lives incredibly difficult I've been a judge before for this competition and it's not easy so you you're warned but it's gonna be I think a painful labor of love for you so with that back to partners the Poetry Foundation is along with the National Endowment for the Arts integral to the success of this endeavor there would not be poetry out loud but for the vision of former neh chairman Dana Joya and he obviously brought the Poetry Foundation on at the very ground level but the treat we have this year is Stephen young who's the program director for the Poetry Foundation is here visiting Alaska's capital cities so with no further ado let me introduce Stephen Young of the Poetry Foundation and best wishes to all of you for a successful and very enjoyable evening thank you Thank You Ben it's great to be back in Alaska I lived in Valdez many summers ago and later got engaged in Seward so it's a special place to me it's probably cliche by now but my wife likes to remind me of the old about women seeking men in Alaska the odds are good but the goods are odd by odd she must mean individual and original and ruggedly handsome or so I tell myself on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation I want to thank the Alaska State Council on the Arts especially Ben Brown and Rhea noble plant Laura Forbes Amanda for Lori and their many talented colleagues and partners for bringing Poetry Out Loud to the last frontier no small feat given the this wild and beautiful expanse since the program began in 2005 nearly three and a half million students and 50,000 teachers from some 12,000 schools across the country have participated in Poetry Out Loud and the program continues to grow all of you are part of this nationwide movement people might wonder why should poetry matter everyone here knows that the art has a value unto itself what's more when you memorize a poem you'll be you build a lasting connection with it the poem may ignite your imagination and your capacity to feel what others have felt you might understand new things in fresh unexpected ways not just in the work itself but in the world beyond it too when you share poems this evening for example the good grows and you make possible the creative empathetic exchange upon which any community depends now and always one gets a sense of this power in a few lines from long before we got here long after we're gone by Alaskan poet Peggy shoemaker we make of light arpeggio crystals caribou dance fans shush of bristles one moment made alive human afraid all that's lost not gone let me offer cheers to the many teachers parents and friends who've inspired tonight's contestants and big grateful who raise to all the remarkable students who will soon take the stage we are each other's magnitude and bond Gwendolyn Brooks said and you more than ever are ours congratulations and good luck to everyone good evening everyone my name is Andrea noble pelant and I have the pleasure of being the executive director of the Alaska State Council on the arts and I'd like to thank you again welcome you here and have it Juneau feels like a second home for us we feel we're here in January for the governor's Arts Awards for Arts and Humanities so we're very connected to the humanities as well as Ben mentioned thank you tonight Steve for your words and talking about your connection to Alaska that helps us feel closer to you and that's that's nice to start our evening that way we're grateful for the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and our friends in DC who are pulling for us for public funding for the Arts which is critical at this time more than ever in our current climate tonight we have a wonderful emcee I'm happy to introduce to Allison whole camp um she is an actor and director at perseverance theater here in Juneau and also with performances in Anchorage for the past few years they've been performing there which is wonderful to be able to take them North tonight I also want to let you know a little bit about her she is a stand-up comedian with Club baby seal and you don't want to remember that because then you can follow where she'll be performing and her next performance is in March 18th thank you let's welcome Allison thank you thank you welcome to Poetry Out Loud 2017 I'm honored to be your emcee this evening and I'm looking forward to hearing all the amazing work from these students students tonight I had the chance to talk to them earlier and I cannot wait but first things first I just want to introduce our judges I'm gonna tell you a little bit more about them in round two but tonight our judges are Emily wall of Juneau Julie LeMay of Palmer Jeremy Pataki of Anchorage Lisa Mariotti of Juneau and Bridget Lujan of Juneau and our score keepers are Nancy to chair knee and Karen crane also of Juneau now before we get to the poetry it is very important tonight that I go over the rules because this is a competition so only currently enrolled high school students in grades nine through 12 are eligible with an exception made for eighth grade students participating in a ninth through 12th grade class competitors must be US citizens or permanent residents to be eligible to compete at the National Poetry Out Loud competition a student may not advance to the state finals without competing a lower-level competition schools or regions must hold a competition of at least two students to select their champion if that student is unable to attend the next level of competition a runner-up is sent students must be judged according to the poetry out loud evaluation criteria from the 2016-2017 teacher's guide state and national finals consist of three rounds of competition competitions at lower levels may have fewer rounds but students must recite only one poem in each round the order in which the poems are recited is up to the student rankings are based solely on evaluation sheets submitted by the judges judges should not convene to discuss performances during the competition and judges may not reconsider their scores after they're submitted scoring is cumulative the scores from all rounds should be added together to determine the winner in the event of a tie a tied student with the highest overall performance score should win if that also results in a tie looked to the highest accuracy score students may not use props or wear costumes during their resuscitations and all poems must be selected from the poetry outloud print or online anthology which is found at Poetry Out Loud org now there is one very important rule for the audience and that's to have fun tonight and if you want to share the fun that you're having share on social media and shout out to all the students and poetry out loud through our very own hashtag hashtag Alaska P o L and posted to Facebook Instagram and Twitter Twitter so everyone can follow along okay we're ready to begin round one Madeline and Driessen is part of the Haines school since kindergarten and is invested in the Haines community she has written her own poems and recently became involved in the Poetry Out Loud program through her high school English class she thinks the program is a great way to be involved in poetry without having to be good at writing Madeline enjoys singing reading and swimming and plans to attend college next year at either University of Alaska Fairbanks or Western Washington for vocal performance or archaeology we want to recognize the Haines School Poetry Out Loud liaison Alex Van y and Madeline's mother Lisa and Driessen who is with us in Juneau to support Madeline thank you to all the folks in Haines who make Poetry Out Loud possible and Madeline's friends family and teachers back home please give a warm welcome to Madeline and Driessen [Applause] snowflake by William bear timings everything the vapor rises high in the sky tossing to and fro then freezes suddenly and crystallizes into a perfect flake of miraculous snow for countless miles drifting east above the world whirling about in a swirling free-for-all appearing aimless just like love but sensing seeking out its destiny falling to where the two young skaters stand hand in hand then flips and dips and whips itself about to ever so gently land a miracle across her unkissed lips as he blocks the wind raging from the south leaning forward to kiss her lovely mouth [Applause] we do have one competitor who is not here with us tonight she got stuck in Elam she's from the Anna Queen school Amanda Davison if you're watching we're thinking of you our next competitor Alisa Koyuk is currently a senior at Juno Douglass High School this is her first year doing Poetry Out Loud and she is really enjoying it Alissa has played soccer for ten years and intends to play for JD HS girls team this spring she currently has an internship with aware and the Juno Violence Prevention Coalition she is also involved with student groups at the high school such as sources of strength and ignite in inspiring girls now in technology and engineering Alisa tells us that my favorite subjects in school so far are chemistry and Japanese and I would like to continue studying them I want to be a medical examiner someday we want to recognize Jenny Rayder who is the Poetry Out Loud liaison for Juneau Douglass High School and her parents Heather Koyuk and Layne Taylor are here tonight we also want to thank Alyssa's friends family and teachers for their support please give it up for Alyssa Koyuk [Applause] sweetness by Stephen done just when it has seemed I couldn't bear one more friend waking with a tumor one more maniac with a perfect reason often a sweetness has come and changed nothing in the world except the way I stumbled through it for a while lost in the ignorance of loving someone or something the world shrunk to mouth size hand size and never seeming small I acknowledge there is no sweetness that doesn't leave a stain no sweetness that's ever sufficiently sweet tonight a friend called to say his lover was killed in a car he was driving his voice was low and guttural he repeated what he needed to repeat and I repeated the one or two words we have for such brief until we were speaking only in tones often a sweetness comes as if on loan stays just long enough to make sense of what it means to be alive then returns to its dark source as for me I don't care where it's been or what bitter road it's traveled to come so far to taste so good [Applause] Alisa Larsen is in her junior year at Petersburg high school and she has been involved in many extracurricular activities she has taken the basic core classes as well as honors and AP English classes last year ELISA did a semester abroad in Spain and took a much larger range of classes than offered at her school she took religion ethics European European social studies and a Spanish language and literature class this is ELISA second year during pote doing Poetry Out Loud her freshman year she got third place in her school and because she was not in the US for the first semester of last year she did not participate in the competition ELISA tells us this year I have really enjoyed the challenges that this poetry competition has presented me I have learned how to recite in different tones and meanings which has taught me how to deliver a variety of poems ELISA plays major or many extracurricular sports including volleyball dance and track and field she plans to attend college after high school preferably somewhere with a good political science program because that is what she would like to major in we want to recognize Carissa cada who is the Poetry Out Loud liaison for Petersburg High School as well as as well as Rossiya Rocio Tahereh Elise's mother who was with us in Juneau to support ELISA thank you to all the folks in Petersburg who might be watching including Elise's friends family and teachers please give a warm welcome to ELISA Larson [Applause] cartoon physics part one by Nick Flynn children under say ten shouldn't know that the universe is ever expanding inexorably pushing into the vacuum galaxies swallowed by galaxies whole solar systems collapsing all of it acted out in silence at 10 we are still learning the rules of cartoon animation that if a man draws a door on a rock only he can pass through it anyone else who tries will crash into the rock Ted Gerald should stick with burning houses car wrecks ships going down earthbound tangible disasters arenas where they can be heroes you can run back into a burning house sinking ships have lifeboats the trucks will come with their ladders if you jump you will be saved a child places her hand on the roof of a school bus and drives across a city of sand she knows the exact spot it will skid at which point the bridge will give who will swim to safety and who will be pulled under by sharks she will learn that if a man runs off the edge of a cliff he will not fall until he notices his mistake [Applause] Mariah Lorenson is a junior at 10 alien high school in Port Ellsworth this is Mariah's second year participating in Poetry Out Loud Poetry Out Loud was a new and exciting experience for Mariah and she is grateful for the opportunity to learn about poems and the differences of art forms mariah has not had extensive experience with poetry but in her short time in dabbling with it she has begun to appreciate the beauty and expression in it her passion is in music and songwriting and she plans to attend college after graduation to pursue child counseling and clinical psychology we want to recognize Nicole Metzker Poetry Out Loud liaison for 10 alien school as well as Darci Lorenson Mariah's parent who is with us tonight a shout-out to all the folks in Portales Worth who might be watching including Mariah's friends family and teachers give it up for Mariah Lorenson [Applause] personal by Tony Hoagland don't take it personal they said but I did I took it all quite personal the breeze and the river and the color of the fields the price of grapefruit and stamps the wet hair of women in the rain and I cursed what hurt me and I praised what gave me joy the most simple-minded of possible responses the government reminded me of my father with its deafness and its laws and the weather reminded me of my mom with her tropical squalls enjoy it while you can they said of happiness think first they said of talk get over it they said at the school of broken-hearts but I couldn't and I didn't and I don't believe the clean break I believe in the compound fracture served with a sauce of dirty regret I believe insane at all and taking it back and seeing it again for good measure while the air fills with I'm sorry's like reeling birds and the trees look seasick in the wind Oh life can you blame me for making a scene you were that yellow caboose the moon disappearing over the ridge of a cloud I was the dog chained in some fools backyard barking and barking trying to convince everything else to take it personal too [Applause] Sara price is a student at north pole high school she is very involved in the school's club and organizations such as the student council Spanish club and the language arts club Sara was first exposed to Poetry Out Loud during her freshman year at first there was just like any other assignment but she realized how much she enjoyed resuscitation Sara had to analyze poems and their meetings identify specific words to exaggerate and find ways to poet to portray what the poems meant to her the process helped heighten her appreciation for poetry Poetry Out Loud has helped Sara improve her public speaking skills she didn't compete in the school competition for Poetry Out Loud until her sophomore year she started with the class assignment but eventually won the school and regional competitions Sara plans to apply to the Air Force Academy to major in chemistry or biochemistry in the future she wants to become a doctor in the Air Force we want to recognize Elizabeth Alexander the Poetry Out Loud liaison for North Pole High School as well as North Pole High School teacher Brenda Collett who is here with us in Juneau thanks to all Sara's friends family and teachers who might be watching in North Pole for supporting Sara and poetry out loud now put your hands together for Sara price broadcast rights for this poem have not been granted for this event Ashlin rude is a sophomore at Glenallen high school while she has been intrigued by the art of poetry for some time ashlynn was first introduced to Poetry Out Loud last year until then her interest was primarily in writing her own poetry and riddles ashlynn loved last year's competition and is excited to participate for the second time in Alaska's state Poetry Out Loud competition Ashland's enjoyment of riddles and wordplay paired with her hopeful and positive outlook is reflected in the poetry she has drawn to her other interests include art writing reading working with children and taking care of animals after high school ashlynn hopes to study cinematic storytelling and animation we want to recognize Tim Shumway Poetry Out Loud liaison for Glenallen school as well as Kenny Lakes School in Copper River School District we also want to recognize misty Roode Ashlyn's mother who is here with us in Juneau thank you to all the folks in Copper River School District who might be watching including Ashland's family friends and teachers please give a warm welcome to ashlynn rude [Applause] Aria by David barber what if he were possible to vanquish all this shame with a wash of varnish instead of wishing the stain would vanish what if you gave it a glossy finish what if there were a way to burnish all this foolishness all the anguish what if you gave yourself leave to ravish all these ravages with famished relish what if this we're way to flourish what if the self you loved to punish knavish peevish wolfish sheepish we're all slicked up in something lavish why so squeamish why make a fetish out of everything you must relinquish why not embellish what you can't abolish what what would be left if you could Miranda SHhhh all the slavish miss you fail to banish what would you be without this gibberish what if the true worth of the varnish or to replenish your resolve to vanquish every vain wish before you vanish [Applause] born in Buenos Aires Argentina Juan Sarmiento moved to the US in 2013 and has been attending Homer high school ever since he placed third place in the Alaska State Poetry Out Loud competition in his freshman year and Juan told us I'm very happy to compete once again before I graduate Juan enjoys running training messing around on guitars and long arguments that go nowhere this upcoming fall he will be attending college on the East Coast Juan is still not sure about his major but whatever we want to recognize the Poetry Out Loud liaison in Homer high school Suzanne Bishop we also want to shout out to folks in Homer who might be watching including ones friends family and teachers put your hands together for one Sarmiento [Applause] every single day by John strahle after Raymond Carver's hummingbird suppose I set the word springtime and I wrote the words king salmon on a piece of paper and mailed it to you when you opened it would you remember that afternoon we spent together in the Yellow Boat when the early whales were feeding and we caught our first fish of the year or would you remember that time off Cape Flattery when you were a little girl your father smoking telling stories as he ran the boat then the tug and zing of that very first fish spooling off into the gray green world you laughing and brushing back your hair before setting the hook I know I am hard to understand sometimes particularly when you're standing at the post office with only a piece of paper saying king salmon on it but just think of it as a promissory note and that electric tug that thrill pulling your mind into deep water is how I feel about you every single day [Applause] janya to me is a junior at West Anchorage high school and has participated in Poetry Out Loud since her freshman year although never at the state level through Poetry Out Loud janya has gained a greater understanding and appreciation for the art of poetry and developing her own writing skills Jana's favorite subjects in school or art and biology she loves competing on the west high school cross-country running and Ski teams as well as participating in clubs such as partners club outside of school janya enjoys everything outdoors whether it be hiking skiing or just adventuring in general after high school janya plans to attend college and travel the world she especially wants to tour Europe and Southeast Asia and spend time in New Zealand for now though she is excited to travel around Alaska and grateful for the opportunity to visit Juneau we want to recognize Rachel kitto the Poetry Out Loud liaison for West Anchorage high school as well as yara throws in' Jana's mother who was with us in Juneau thank you to all the folks in Anchorage who might be watching including Jana's friends family and teachers for supporting the Poetry Out Loud program give it up for janya to me [Applause] La Furia que piensa by TS Eliot Oh qualms t memory I'm Pierre go stand on the highest pavement of the stair leaned on a garden urn weave weave the sunlight in your hair clasp your flowers to you with a pain surprise fling them to the ground and turn with the fugitive resentment in your eyes but we've we've the sunlight in your hair so I would have had him leave so I would have had her stand and grieve so he would have left as the soul leaves the body torn and bruised as the mind deserts the body it has used I should find some way incomparably light and deft some way we both should understand simple and faithless as a smile and shake of the hand she turned away but with the autumn weather compelled my imagination many days many days and many hours her hair over her arms and her arms full of flowers and I wonder how they should have been together I should have lost a gesture and opposed sometimes these cogitations still amaze the troubled midnight and the Noons repose [Applause] Isabella Weiss is a ninth grader from colony high school in Palmer Alaska this is her first year participating in Poetry Out Loud although she has a long history of performing in community theater and school speech and debate competitions she finds reciting poetry especially fun because it affords her the opportunity to experience the beat and rhythm of words mixed with expressing emotions her other interests include competitive gymnastics travel hanging out with her sister and student government activities Isabella loves working with children and is interested in pursuing a career in teaching or pediatric medicine we want to recognize Trevor Townsend Poetry Out Loud liaison for colony high school as well as Jeffrey Weiss Isabella's father who is with us in Juneau hello to all the folks in Palmer and Wasilla who might be watching and thanks to Isabella's friends family and teachers for supporting the program please give a warm welcome to Isabella wife [Applause] cartoon physics part one by Nick Flynn children under save Ted shouldn't know that the universe is ever expanding in XAR ibly pushing into the vacuum galaxies swallowed by galaxies whole solar systems collapsing all of it acted out in silence at 10 we are still learning the rules of cartoon animation that if a man draws a door on a rock only he can pass through it anyone else who tries will crash into the rock 10 year-olds should stick with burning houses car wrecks ships going down earthbound tangible disasters arenas where they can be heroes you can run back into a burning house sinking ships have lifeboats the trucks will come with their ladders if you jump you will be saved a child places her hand on the roof of a school bus and drives across a city of sand she knows the exact spot it will skid at which point the bridge will give who will swim to safety and who will be pulled under by sharks she will learn that if a man runs off the edge of a cliff he will not fall until he notices his mistake [Applause] whoo we are done with round one how about another round of applause as we venture into round 2 I do have to say I am very impressed with all of you that is so inspiring I can barely read from a script so that was very incredible another round of applause for round up now before we move into round 2 it is important to note that though we have recognized the 10 Poetry Out Loud liaisons whose students are finalists here tonight there are almost 40 Poetry Out Loud liaisons who make it possible for their schools to participate in Poetry Out Loud this year we are grateful for their coordination and to the dozens of teachers librarians administrators and other school staff and community members who bring this program into their schools each year in 2016 2017 more than 3,700 Alaskan high school students participated in Alaska Poetry Out Loud with the support of their educators [Applause] okay time for round two now before we venture into every participant in round two I'm going to introduce our judges and discuss a few more of the basic rules of the competition so our first judge that I would like to introduce is Julie LeMay Julie was born in Buffalo New York and has moved to Alaska's Matanuska Valley where she has lived since 1978 she currently resides in Palmer Alaska LeMay has taught poetry at mindfulness retreats and at workshops at McLaughlin youth facility The Salvation Army clithero inpatient facility Northstar residential treatment center and the University of Alaska mat-su LeMay holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles where she served as poetry editor for antiox journal lunch ticket Lemay's work has been published online and in print journals including Potomac Review passenger bluestem circ lummix pilgrimage split rock review riding light and sugar mule she is the author of the poetry collection the echo of ice letting go published by the University of Alaska Press the second of our judging staff we will introduce is Jeremy Pataki Jeremy Pataki is a poet and writer whose work has appeared in journals including the Colorado Review Black Warrior review the South East review circ Camus ice-floe Anchorage Press and Samantha Gees his first book of poetry over winter was published by the University of Alaska Press in the Alaska literary series in 2015 Jeremy earned an MFA at the University of Montana and a BA at Western Washington University he is a founding former board member and executive director of 49 Writers a literary nonprofit in Alaska and coordinator of the Rasmussen foundation artist residency program he splits his time between Anchorage and McCarthy Alaska welcome judges now for our first participant in round 2 please welcome once again from Haines High School Madeline and Driessen hope is the thing with feathers 314 by Emily Dickinson hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words it never stops at all and sweetest in the gale is heard and soar must be the storm that could have bashed the little bird that kept so many warm I've heard it in the chillest land and on the strangest sea yet never in extremity it has to crumb of me Emily wall is the third judge I'd like to introduce Emily is a poet an associate professor of English at the University of Alaska southeast she has been teaching creative writing workshops at the University and in the community for 20 years she holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona her poems have been published in a wide variety of literary journals in the US and Canada most recently in Prairie schooner and Alaska quarterly review in 2013 she won a statewide contest and a poem of hers was placed in totem bight State Park in Ketchikan Alaska her second book of poems live-aboard was published in February of 2012 her first book freshly rooted came out in 2007 she is currently finishing up a manuscript of poems about birth she can be found online at Emily – wall comm our fourth and final evaluation judge this evening is lissa Mariotti lisa is an attorney in juneau alaska and has great appreciation for all expressions of the written word and is thrilled to be a part of this year's Poetry Out Loud the last two judges and now once again from Juneau Douglas high school here is Alisa Koyuk to myself by Franz right you are riding the bus again burrowing into the blackness of Interstate 80 the sole passenger with an overhead light on and I am with you I'm the interminable fields you can't see the little lights off in the distance in one of those rooms we are living and I am the rain and the others all around you and the loneliness you love and the universe that loves you specifically maybe and the catastrophic dawn the nicotine crawling on your skin and when you begin to cough I won't cover my face and if you vomit this time I will hold you everything's going to be fine I will whisper it won't always be like this I'm going to buy you a sandwich [Applause] over the course of the next few resuscitations I'll share with you the criteria that our judges use to evaluate the student finalists work all poetry outloud resuscitations are evaluated using the same criteria from the earliest classroom level competition to the national resuscitation competition in Washington DC so the first criteria is about physical presence according to the Poetry Out Loud website this is about eye contact body language and poise qualities of a strong resuscitation include ease and comfort with the audience engagement with the audience through physical presence including appropriate body language confidence and eye contact without appearing artificial so back to the competition I would like to welcome once again from Petersburg High School Alisa Larsen llv though by judith ortiz Cofer it is a dangerous thing to forget the climate of your birthplace to choke out the voices of dead relatives when in dreams they call you by your secret name it is dangerous to spurn the clothes you were born to wear for the sake of fashion dangerous to use weapons and sharp instruments you are not familiar with dangerous – disdain the plaster Saints before which your mother kneels praying with embarrassing fervor that you survive in the place you have chosen to live a bear cold room with no pictures on the walls a forgetting place where she believes you will die of loneliness and exposure hey soos Maria Jose she says lol Widow is a dangerous thing thank you I want to remind everyone that we are not in a CPR class I'm sorry I was saying resuscitations that's a different day but but you can all come back for that that CPR out loud that's tomorrow so these are recitations that we'll be watching tonight I want to introduce our accuracy judge our accuracy judges Bridget Lujan she is returning to the poetry outloud judging panel and Bridget takes accuracy very seriously and in fact has made a career of striving for it on a daily basis she is a CPA licensed in Alaska and works at a local firm our Daniel McLeod CPA specializing in tax and consulting work for businesses and individuals she enjoys participating in poetry out loud because it gives her the opportunity to combine her accounting brain with her arts brain Bridget has a BFA in theatre from Niagara University in New York and she is a former trustee and treasurer of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council she is the current treasurer for Juno dance theater and is the incoming president of the Rotary Club of Juneau Bridget has lived in Juneau since 1995 and she and her husband Jess have two children tn Thunder Mountain High School junior Christopher and FDM s eighth grader Meghan she commends and congratulate all the finalists and wishes them luck she says have fun out there but I think that's pretty clear and I'll talk a little bit about accuracy before the next participant and now back to the competition here she is once again from 10 alien school in Port Alsworth Mariah Lorenson dear reader by Rita Mae Reece you have forgotten it all you have forgotten your name where you lived who you loved why I am simply your nurse terse and on lovely I point to things and remind you what they are chair book daughter soup and when we are alone I tell you what lies in each direction this way is death and this way after a longer walk is death and that way is death but you won't see it until it is right in front of you once after your niece had been to visit and I said something about how you must love her or she must love you or something useless like that you gripped my forearm in a terrible Swift hand and said she is everything you gave me a shake everything to me and then you fell back into the well deep into the well of everything and I stand at the edge and call chair book daughter soup [Applause] now since we introduced Bridget Lujan our accuracy judge in the last break I'll tell you a little little bit about what the accuracy judge has to consider accuracy is the first element of recitation the most basic task for the student is to keep the poet's language intact for the audience given that accuracy is the foundation of a good recitation serving as an accuracy judge is a critical component of the evaluation process it is the job of the accuracy judge to mark missed or incorrect words and if the contestant relies on the prompter points also will be subtracted from the accuracy score from each judge eight points will be added to each judges contest evaluation sheet for a perfectly accurate recitation now back to the participants once again please welcome to the stage from North Pole High School Sarah price [Applause] holy sonnets death be not proud by John Donne death be not proud though some have called the mighty and dreadful for thou art not so for those whom thou thinkest thou dost overthrow die not poor death nor yet canst thou kill me from rest and sleep which but they pictures be much pleasure then from thee much more must flow and soonest our best men with the ado go rest of their bones and souls delivery thou art slave to fate chance kings and desperate men and dost with poison war and sickness dwell and poppy or charms can make us sleep as well and better than thy stroke why swellest thou then one short seat past we wake eternally and death shall be no more death thou shalt die thank you [Applause] so next up in our list of evaluation criteria is voice and articulation this refers to volume pace rhythm intonation and proper pronunciation keep in mind that at some levels of competition a microphone may be used the qualities of a strong recitation as relates to voice and articulation include all words are pronounced correctly and the volume rhythm and intonation greatly enhanced the recitation pacing is appropriate to the poem tips for students on meeting the voice and articulation criteria focus on vocal projection how to pace the recitation appropriately to the poem caution about rhyming articulation and attending to the meaning of line breaks line breaks line breaks are a defining feature of poetry students are asked to consider in their reading of the poem whether a line break requires a pause and if so how long so now back to the competition please give another warm welcome back to the stage from Glenn Allen school ashlynn rude Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll twas brillig and the Scylla D Toves did gyre and gimble in the Wade all mimsy were the borogoves and the mome Raths outgrabe beware the Jabberwock my son the jaws that bite the claws that catch beware the Jubjub bird and shun the frumious Bandersnatch he took his vorpal sword in hand long time the manxome foe he sought– surest did he buy a hump tum' tree and stood awhile and thought and as in uffish thought he stood the jabberwock with eyes of flame came whiffling through the tulgey wood and burbled as it came one two one two and through and through the vorpal blade went snicker-snack he left it dead and with his head he went galumphing back and hast thou slain the Jabberwock come to my arms my Beamish boy o frabjous day Callooh Callay he chortled in his joy twas brillig and the slithy Toves did gyre and gimble in the wave all mimsy were the borogoves and the mome Raths outgrabe [Applause] the third criteria upon which Poetry Out Loud recitations are evaluated is called dramatic appropriateness the Poetry Out Loud website says recitation is about conveying a poem sense with its language it is closer to the art of oral interpretation than theatrical performance think storyteller or narrator rather than actor a strong performance will rely on a powerful internalization of the poem rather than a distracting dramatic gesture you represent the poems voice not a character's you must subtly enhance the understanding and enjoyment of the poem without overshadowing the language tips for dramatic appropriateness focus on avoiding movement and gestures that is too much sure that distracts and on balance between too much and too little tonal emphasis or intensity of the voice qualities of a strong recitation in view of the dramatic appropriateness criteria includes the dramatization subtly underscores the meaning of a poem without becoming the focal point so now back to the competition please put your hands together once again from Homer high school one Sarmiento [Applause] laughs Ilya KP on J by TS Eliot oh quantum a modem meter go stand on the highest pavement of the stair leaned on a garden urn we weave the sunlight in your hair clasp your flowers to you with a pain surprise fling them to the ground and turn with a fugitive resentment in your eyes but weave weave the sunlight in your hair so I would have had him leave so I would have had her stand and grieve so he would have left as the soul leaves the body torn and bruised as the mind deserts the body it has used I should find some way incomparably light and death some way we both should understand simple and faithless as a smile and shake of the hand she turned away but with the autumn weather compelled my imagination many days many days and many hours or hair or arms and her arms full of flowers and I wonder how they should have been together I should have lost it gesture in a pose sometimes these cogitations still amaze the troubled midnight and the Noons repose evidence of understanding is the fourth individual criteria the judges must consider in their evaluation of a Poetry Out Loud recitation this category is to evaluate the students comprehension and mastery of the poem the poet's words should take precedence and should be voiced in a way that helps the audience to understand the poet and poem better to do this the student must effectively use intonation emphasis tone and style of delivery tips for students include you must understand the poem fully be attentive to the messages meanings allusions irony tones of voice and other nuances in your poem and be sure you know the meaning of every word in line in your poem qualities of a strong recitation is defined by the Poetry Out Loud website include the meaning of the poem is powerfully and clearly conveyed to the audience the interpretation deepens and enlivens the poem meaning themes allusions irony tones a voice and other nuances are captured by the performance so with that back to the competition once again please welcome to the stage from West Anchorage High School janya to me [Applause] Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley I met a traveller from an antique land who said two vast and trunkless legs of stone stand in the desert near them on the sand half sunk a shattered visage lies whose frown and wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command tell that it's maker well those passions read which yet survive stamped on these lifeless things the hand that mocked them and the heart that fed and on the pedestal these words appear my name is Ozymandias king of kings look on my works ye mighty and despair nothing beside remains round the decay of that colossal wreck boundless and bare the lone and level sands stretch far away the final criteria the Poetry Out Loud evaluation judges must consider is overall performance this category is to evaluate the degree in which the recitation has become more than the sum of its parts judges are encouraged to consider these questions did you captivate the audience with the language of the poem did you bring the audience to a better understanding of the poem did your physical presence voice and articulation and dramatic appropriateness all seem on target and unified to breathe life into the poem and did you understand and show mastery of the art of recitation now finally in wrapping up the information about how these recitations are considered the state and national Poetry Out Loud competitions require that students select three poems from the Poetry Out Loud anthology and commit these poems to memory now while the proms must be committed to memory during Poetry Out Loud students are permitted to utilize a prompter during this recitation this is someone who will have a notebook with each poem whom students can look to if they forget a word or line tonight our prompter is Lisa Forbes from the Alaska State Council on the arts now our final participant in round 2 is ready to go I see and she is from Colony High School in Wasilla here she is again again Isabella Weiss [Applause] requests for toy piano by Tony Hoagland play the one about the family of the Ducks where the Ducks go down to the river and one of them thinks the water will be cold but then they jump in anyway and like it and splash around no I must play the one about the nervous man from Palestine in row 14 with a brown bag in his lap in which a gun is hidden in a sandwich play the one about the handsome man and woman standing on the steps of her apartment and how the darkness and her perfume and the beating of their hearts can join to make them feel like leaping from the edge of chance no I should play the one about the hard rectangle of the credit card hidden in the man's back pocket and how the woman spent an hour plucking out her brows and how her perfume was made from the destruction of a hundred flowers then play the one about the flower industry in which the migrant workers curse their own infected hands from tossing sheaves of roses and carnations into the back of the refrigerated trucks no I must play the one about the single yellow daffodil standing on my kitchen table whose cut stem draws the water upwards so the plant is flushed with the conviction that the water has been sent to find and raise it up from somewhere so deep inside the earth not even flowers can remember but is the end of round two how about another big round of applause for all that's incredible I'm so inspired by all of you public speaking is crazy hard obviously resuscitation so that was incredible I'm really moved by all of you so now it is time for the judges to deliberate to determine our finalists so we're going to take a quick break and we'll see everyone in ten minutes you you you you you you you welcome back to poetry outloud everybody now before we start round three and announcing our finalists I want to welcome representative Sam Kido of Juneau to the stage it's great to be here actually really enjoying all of the poems and it reminds me of when I was growing up and I used to write a little poetry and I'm hoping nobody finds that so what I would like to do is invite Ernestine Hayes to come up to the stage and then any other legislators here Senator Hughes if you want to come up senator cockle if you want to legislative citation for Ernestine and it's our recognition from the legislature of the work that she's done in the arts over many years so this citation really started out from my participation in the Governor's Award for the Arts where Ernestine was identified as the writer laureate for 2017 and 2018 and we'll be spending the next two years working around the state encouraging writers to better their craft in addition to that she's also a renowned artha author and there's a lot of information here historically about Ernestine so if you do want to know what's in the citation you're gonna have to talk with her individually but what we as the 30th Alaska Legislature would like to do is present Ernestine with this citation recognition of all of her accomplishments for the state of Alaska so thank you [Applause] gonna cheese thank you very much and ask the State Council for the Arts representative quito and the legislative representatives kind of cheese it's such an honor to be here and watch these brilliant scholars share their art and I want to acknowledge how wonderful they are and they're inspiring me and last of all I'd like to acknowledge the UH Kwan people upon whose land we stand goodness cheese and cheese thank you so before I announce the finalists for tonight I want to personally say how incredible all of you are and I'm very impressed with all of you and I moved and it makes me want to go even just read some poetry so I'm going to announce the finalists and then they are going to perform their third poem in the order that I read their names so our three finalists tonight are from Petersburg High School ELISA Larson from West Anchorage High School janya to me and from colony High School Isabella Weiss so the first finalist will read her poem and our first finalist is from Petersburg High School ELISA Larson [Applause] love's philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley the fountains mingle with the river and the rivers with the ocean the winds of heaven mix forever with a sweet emotion nothing in the world is single all things by a law divine in one spirit meet and mingle why not I with vine see the mountains kiss high heaven and the waves clasp one another no sister flower would be forgiven if it disdained its brother in the sunlight clasps the earth and the moonbeams kissed the sea what is all this sweet work worth if thou kiss not me [Applause] so before we invite our next finalist to the stage I want to tell you a little bit about the Poetry Out Loud program it uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level and winners advanced to a school-wide competition then to a regional or state competition and ultimately the national finals in Alaska there are four regions with enough population to hold in-person regional competitions the Anchorage School District the Fairbanks North Star borough School District the mat-su borough School District and Juneau School District for rural communities across the state there is a video adjudication process whereby students from each region send videos of their school representatives to a panel of judges in Juneau and what's exciting about that is that is unique to Juneau as you can imagine how our rural communities are out there now what happens after the Alaska State Poetry Out Loud competition the Alaska state champion will go on to compete at the National Poetry Out Loud finals in Washington DC April 24th through the 27th if for any reason the regional or state champion is unable to attend the next level of competition the runner-up will be called upon to compete now for our next finalist please welcome from West Anchorage High School janya to me [Applause] dear reader by Rita Mae Reece you have forgotten it all you have forgotten your name where you lived who you loved why I am simply your nurse terse and unlovely I point to things and remind you what they are share book daughter soup and when we are alone I tell you what lies in each direction this way is death and this way after a longer walk is death and that way is death but you won't see it until it is right in front of you once after your knees had been to visit you and I said something about how you must love her or she must love you or something useless like that you gripped my forearm in your terrible Swift hand and said she is everything you gave me a shake everything to me and then you fell back into the well deep in the well of everything and I stand at the edge and call chair book daughter soup poetry out loud is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts the Poetry Foundation and the State Arts agencies in Alaska the State Arts agency is the Alaska State Council on the arts and it partners with schools school districts public libraries and local Arts Council's the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is a major partner in making it possible for us to hold the Alaska state competition here in Juneau so a big round of applause for the Alaska now before I invite our last finalist to the stage I want to say that each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expense-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington DC to compete for the national championship the state's winners school receives 5 a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books and the first runner-up in each state receives $100 with $200 for his or her school library a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals now for our last finalist please welcome from Colony High School in Palmer Isabella Weiss [Applause] hope is the thing with feathers 314 by Emily Dickinson hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all and sweetest in the gale is heard and soar must be the storm that could have bashed the little bird that cut so many warm I've heard it in the chillest land and on the strangest sea yet never in extremity it asked a crumb of me [Applause] Thank You another round of applause our three finally that was incredible good luck now now our judges are going to deliberate and in a few minutes they'll come back to and to announce the winners but in the meantime all of our participants have prepared a third poem and I don't know about you but I would love to hear that third poem and they're not required to recite it if they don't want to I hope that you will so Madeline would you like to okay Madeline and Theresa famous by Naomi Shihab Nye the river is famous to the fish the loud voice is famous to silence which knew it would inherit the earth before anybody said so the cat sleeping on the fence his famous to the birds watching him from the bird house the tear is famous briefly to the cheek the idea you carry close to your bosom is famous to your bosom the boot is famous to the earth more famous than the dress shoe which is famous only two floors the bent photograph is famous to the one who carries it and not at all famous to the one who is pictured I want to be famous too shuffling men who smile while crossing streets sticky children in grocery lines famous is the one who smiled back I want to be famous in the way a pulley is famous or a buttonhole not because it did anything spectacular but because it never forgot what it could do [Applause] Alif so you want to great please welcome Melissa Khoya Invictus by William Ernest Henley out of the night that covers me black as the pit from pole to pole I thank whatever God's may be for my unconquerable soul in the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud under the bludgeonings of chance my head is bloody but unbowed beyond this place of Wrath and tears looms but the horror of the shade and yet the Menace of the year's finds and shall find me unafraid it matters not how Strait the gate how charged with punishment the scroll I and the master of my fate I am the captain of my soul [Applause] Mariah you want to yay good please welcome for anything [Applause] owed by Arthur Arthur O'Shaughnessy we are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams wandering by lone sea breakers and sitting by desolate streams world losers and world force acres on whom the pale moon gleams yet we are the movers and the shakers of the world forever it seems with wonderful deathless titties we built up the world's great cities and out of a fabulous story fashion and empires glory one man with a dream at pleasure shall go forth and conquer a crown and three with a new songs measure can trample and Empire down we in the ages lying in the Buried past of the earth built nineveh with our sign and Babel itself with our mirth and or through them with prophesying to the old of the new worlds worth for each age is a dream that is dying or one that is coming to birth [Applause] Sarah won great Sarah price everyone [Applause] dear reader by Rita Mae Reese you have forgotten it all you forgotten your name where you lived you loved why I am simply your nurse terse and unlovely I point to things and remind you what they are chair book daughter soup and when we are alone I tell you what lies in each direction this way is death and this way after a longer walk is death and that way is death but you won't see it until it is right in front of you once after your niece had been to visit you when I said something about how you must love her or she must love you or something useless like that you groped my forearm in your terrible Swift hand and said she is everything you gave me a shake everything to me and then you fell back into the well deep in the well of everything and I stand at the edge and call tear book daughter [Applause] that was amazing it took me a second to figure out that they were the same poem I think that was that's the beauty of poetry and interpretation I have my favorite plays that I loved seeing over and over and they're different every time so that was incredible Ashlin yeah okay everyone asked the nude the tiger by William Blake Tiger Tiger burning bright in the forests of the night what immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry to at distant deep sore skies burn the fire of thine eyes on what wings dare he aspire what the hand dare seize the fire and what shoulder and what art could twist the sinews of thy heart and when thy heart began to beat what dread hand and what dread feet what the hammer what the chain and what furnace was thy brain what – anvil what dread grasp dare its deadly terrors clasp when the stars threw down their spears and water'd heaven with their tears did he smile his work to see did he who made the lamb make thee Tyger Tyger burning bright in the forests of the night what immortal hand or eye dare frame thy fearful symmetry [Applause] before I invite one up I'm guessing he wants to come up okay just one second wait one moment I'm going to just acknowledge that the Alaska State Poetry Out Loud competition has been a live webcast by 360 North the webcast has an interactive social media component and supporters from across the state celebrated their regional representatives during the state competition now as you all know if you ever want to share with social media please use the hashtag Alaska pol so Juan says he's in so everybody wants army in tow [Applause] novel by Arthur Rimbaud we aren't serious when we're seventeen one fine evening to hell with beer and lemonade noisy cafes with their shining lamps we walk under the green linden trees of the park the Linden smell good in the good June evenings at times the air is so scented that we close our eyes the wind laden with sounds the town isn't far has the smell of grapevines and beer there you can see a very small patch of dark blue framed by a little branch pinned up by a knotty star that melts and gentle Quivers small and very white night in June 17 years old we are overcome by it all the sap is champagne and goes to our heads we talked a lot and feel a kiss on our lips trembling there like a small insect our wild heart moves through novels like Robinson Crusoe when in the light of a pale street lamp a girl goes by attractive and charming under the shadow of her father's terrible collar and as she finds you incredibly naive well clicking her little boots she turns abruptly and in a lively manner then Cavatina 'he's died on your lips you're in love occupied until the month of august you are in love your sonnets make her laugh all your friends go off you are ridiculous then one evening the girl you worship danger to write to you that evening you return to the bright cafes you ask for beer or lemonade we aren't serious when we are 17 and when we have green linden trees in the park [Applause] thank you everyone I'm so happy that I got to hear all of your poems that was amazing and inspiring it doesn't it feel good when you just have nothing to lose so now we want to invite everyone onto the stage not everyone but I will announce them by name and they have a certificate that that will be presented with and so they can also get their picture taken and our 2017 Poetry Out Loud participants here in the state that's amazing so first Madeleine Andreessen of Hanes [Applause] from Juneau Douglas high school élisa élisa Koyuk from petersburg high school Alisa Larsen from 10 alien school Mariah Lorenson from North Pole high school Sarah price from Glenn Allen school ashlynn rude from Homer high school Juan Sarmiento from West Anchorage high school janya to me [Applause] and from colony high school Isabella Weiss and now I will announce the winners of the 2017 Alaska Poetry Out Loud competition the runner-up from Petersburg High School Alisa Larsen and first place from colony high school isabella weiss congratulations you guys and congratulations everyone involved that was amazing how about another big round of applause and thank you to all the parents and families of our state Poetry Out Loud finalists and all the Alaska Poetry Out Loud coordinators for 2017 special thanks also to our judging staff and Patricia George wrong dial deejay Diego no no attack post and the staff of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council thanks to Mary Irvine and the Alaska State Museum thanks to the prospector Thank You k2 and the 360 North Studio and thank you to our state Poetry Out Loud coordinator Amanda fillory [Applause] and – those that are graduating I hope to see you all next year and the Alaska State Poetry Out Loud competition is made possible by the Alaska State Council on the arts in partnership with the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation

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