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Eighth Grader Wins Annual Poetry Contest

Isabela Cusano ’19 won first place in her division in the 24th Annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest for her poem “Summer Dreams.”

Cusano and Erin LeBlanc ’19, both Humanities 8 students at SBS, had been selected as finalists in the youth division of the poetry contest for ages 12-14. They read their poems as part of the awards ceremony for the poetry contest, which is open to the public and was held in the Capen Room at Stoneleigh-Burnham School on April 28.

Humanities teacher Karen Suchenski said both girls read very well to a packed audience, and noted that their poems were chosen as finalists from a pool of 80 poems.

“It’s a wonderful event held right here on our campus every year,” Suchenski said. “I’m just so proud of Isabela and Erin.”

The Friends of the Greenfield Public Library has sponsored the Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest each year since 1991. The competition is held in honor of Frederick Goddard Tuckerman who lived in Greenfield from 1847 until his death in 1873 and was considered by his contemporaries – Emerson, Thoreau, and Tennyson – to be a gifted poet.

Awards were given for first, second, and third place in the adult division, and for the four top poems in the youth division for ages 12-18 (divided into 12-14 and 15-18 for judging).

Here is Cusano’s first-place poem:

Summer Dreams
By Isabela Cusano

I come from muddy boots and drumming rain,
Purring cats and the view from the sweet fern hill.
I hold fresh picked apples from the windy orchard,
And the loneliness, the empathy and friendly chickadees at the feeder.
I believe in asking too many questions,
And loving first, last and always.
I am wind in dry grass, a silhouette on the horizon,
And that stubborn little girl who always dreams.