The seventh annual St. George’s Poetry in a Voice competition took place on Thursday, January 29th. Forty-four classroom winners competed for places in the St. George's School final. The evening began with reflections on the writing of poetry and a reading from award-winning poet, Benjamin Hertwig, author of Slow War.
Students went on to recite their chosen poems before a panel of judges. The range and difficulty of the poetry selected by the boys were remarkable: poignant, funny, reflective, nostalgic, painful. Their nuanced delivery showed that each competitor had spent long hours not only memorizing but also grappling with the poem’s meaning and interpretation. The grade winners of this year’s event, (pictured below) were:
Aly Rajwani Poem For My Body by Ruth Daniel
Daniel Aminbakhsh I am by John Clare
Peter Zhang: Preludes by T.S. Eliot
William Xie: If Our Bodies Could Rust We Would Be Falling by Billy-Ray Belcourt
Steel Bey: Annabelle Lee by Edgar Allan Poe
Daniel Braaten Verse 3.1. by Dionne Brand
The school final will take place in two week's time when we will determine who will be our representative in the Canada-wide competition.
Any student who wishes to compete in the French, Bilingual, or Regional competition should talk to Mrs. Matthews by February 14th.
This year's competition has was ably organized by the Creative Writing Club, which will also host the Poetry in Voice regional event at St. George’s on March 3, 2020. Teams from across the Lower Mainland will compete to be Regional winners. The club members are Andrew Lu, Peter Zhang, Armaan Jaffer, William Zhang, and Jonathan Chu.