Aspiring Poets Perform Original Works at Emelin Theatre

Aspiring Poets Perform Original Works at Emelin Theatre photo
Seven young poets from Rye Neck Middle School read their original works before a live audience at the Poetry Live! event, held at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck on April 15. 

This year’s poets included seventh-graders Jacob Anderson (“The Mind”), Isabella Fasolino (“The Sound of the Sea”), Alexis Friedman (“Winter’s Toll”), David Magill (“Bat”) and Kei Obata (“Pride and Pinstripes”), and eighth-graders Matthew Lord (“Untitled”) and Jacob Wesemann (“Rock”). They were chosen to represent the Rye Neck Union Free School District for their innate abilities to write and use rich imagery that evokes an emotion or reaction from the reader. 

“Poetry is a form of art where it’s almost therapeutic and you can write from your own personal experiences,” said English teacher Jenny Theall, adding that her students’ poems were all inspired by U.S. poet laureates. “It’s the closest thing that comes to expressing your soul and we’re giving a platform to our students. We care and we actually want to listen to them.”

Theall said each of the seven students’ works stood out for different reasons, but they all had the ability to use similes, metaphors and rich imagery, such as “But like vitriol burning at flesh as the sun rises, it all melts away,” an excerpt from Lord’s “Untitled” poem. 

The Poetry Live! event was sponsored by the Village of Mamaroneck Council of the Arts and celebrated National Poetry Month. All of the poems that the students wrote were published in an anthology, which was presented at the event. The Rye Neck Union Free School District was one of five school districts to be represented at the event, which was taped by the local public access television station, LMCTV.