Publication Success for SGGS Young Writers
Four young poets from SGGS have created astonishing poems which will be published in an anthology and sold in Waterstones from May 2021.
Poetry seems to be a medium that is flourishing at the moment. Writers are finding the pleasure of putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboards to explore, expose and examine the strangeness of the world we are currently living in.
Four young poets from SGGS have created astonishing poems which will be published in an anthology and sold in Waterstones from May 2021. Year 7’s Rosanna Radomski was inspired to write her poem ‘Again and Again’ having studied in English lessons Amanda Gorman’s poem ‘The Hill We Climb’ which was written and performed at President Joe Biden’s Inauguration Ceremony. Her final metaphor ‘screwed together with hope’ when celebrating the power of equality captures the spirit of Gorman’s optimism. The speaker in Rosanna’s poem longs for flight and acceptance; escape and tolerance.
Year 13 A-level English Literature student Holly Hughes wrote her poem from an equally personal perspective. She explains, ‘With my grandpa having dementia, it is often hard to explain to others (and comprehend myself) the experience of seeing someone who looks like a loved one shift in every aspect of their being. Writing the poem was a medium for me to express this, preserving the past-self alongside perceiving the new one. I've found that the experience has illuminated the past for me in a way I hadn't seen it before, brightening aspects I hadn't appreciated in the moment, and I wanted the poem to encapsulate these elements as well.’ Holly’s comparisons of her grandfather ‘like a tiny soldier…like a drooping flower bud’ attempt to reconcile the irreconcilable in a beautifully poignant manner.
Year 13 A-level English Literature student Briony Webber was also highly commended. She too will be in print with her poem, 'Stickers'.
Year 8 student Vishwa Modi has also learned that her poem, 'Seasons Of Life' will be published.
This year’s Felix Dennis Young Poetry Competition received the highest number of entries on record making it especially remarkable that two SGGS writers have made it into print.
Underneath The Conservatory Roof
Underneath the conservatory roof
Sticky 5-year-old thumb smooths another to the cabinet
Seasons of Life
|Again and Again
by Rosanna Radomski
I hold a warmth in my cupped, gloved hands,
Again and again they say
All my life I have heard those words
It’s just the way life is
They try to say it gently
They think that will keep me down
I’m hurting now
They think they are clever
Tired of being contradicted
The other children are outside
But I can’t
The more I wonder
They might crush my dream
Again and again
On four wheels