D.C. Students Shine at DC Public Library Young Poet Marathon

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D.C. Students Shine at DC Public Library Young Poet Marathon

Innocence, Pride and Peace Featured in National Poetry Month Celebration

(Washington, D.C.) Warren Fields used to think that there was light under his skin.  In his poem, “I Shine!” Fields falls and sees his own blood.  The 10-year-old’s response, “I was disappointed.”  Fields and 75 other young poets in the fourth and fifth grades will perform their original poems at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on April 2 as part of the library’s National Poetry Month celebration.

The students are participants in DC SCORES, an after-school program that combines soccer, poetry, service-learning and homework help.  In addition to performing at the D.C. Public Library, poems like 10-year-old Nashae Prout’s will be on display in the Children’s Division throughout April.

Why can’t we unite and work as a team,
To be aligned as a beam.
Respect each other like a family,
It’s not very hard, you see.
The world would be so much better,
If we just worked together.

National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration that aims to bring attention to the art of poetry.  In addition to the young poets, the library will host poetry discussions and feature readings by local poets Donna Denize, Nan Fry and Anne Sheldon this month. 

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