Bringing punch to poetry

February 06, 2007|by ERICA COLLIFLOWER

Poetry is a tricky subject. It's one of those areas that fascinates deep thinkers and hopeless romantics, while baffling others.

Kathy Thornhill, who teaches English and drama at South Hagerstown High School, organized the fifth annual poetry reading - called Poetry, Popcorn, Pretzels, Prizes and Punch - in part to revive a love of poetry in today's students.

"I started the poetry reading five years ago as a way to get young people more interested in poetry," she says.

Every year, South High hosts an evening of poetry - an evening where students from all over Washington Country can perform their own or recite the work of another. This year's poetry reading will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at South High.


"So far," Thornhill says, "I have 20 students from four different schools registered."

The deadline to register is today.

This is a great opportunity to hear some local poets' work. Participants are invited not only to recite works by other poets, but also their own original works. Another fun aspect of the evening are the dramatizations - poems performed by the students.

The evening promises to be pretty fun. Many fun door prizes are being offered to participants, including books of poetry and gift certificates to Borders.

"It is a wonderful evening," Thornhill says.

Refreshments will be provided. Any student of Washington County may perform, however, you must register in order to be a part of the evening.

For more information on the evening, or to register, check out the Web site, and click on the icon in the sidebar to the right.

Registration can be downloaded and contact information is provided.

If you go ...

WHAT: Poetry, Popcorn, Pretzels, Prizes and Punch

WHERE: South Hagerstown High School media center, 1101 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown

WHEN: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13

WHO: Washington County students may read, recite or perform poetry The public is invited to attend.

COST: Free

MORE: Individual poetry readings and performances may not exceed 2 minutes in length; group performances may not exceed 4 minutes. Poetry must be appropriate for students of all ages.

CONTACT: For more information or to register, send an e-mail to Kathy Thornhill at; call Dave Williams at 301-766-8369, ext. 3515.

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