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Stephane Mohr

TEEN WINNER:

February 09, 2013|By Stephane Mohr of Hagerstown
  • Barbara Ingram School for the Arts freshman Stephane Mohr won in the teen category for her poem titled I Love You.
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"I never really liked poetry until sometime around the beginning of this year," she said. "I began getting into it, and I've written about 60 poems since the beginning of December."

Stephane, 14, is a freshman and literary arts student at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown. And now, she is a contest-winning poet. Her poem, "I Love You," was selected winner of the teen division of The Herald-Mail's first poetry contest.

Stephane said she writes a lot.

"I write six or seven poems a week. Some of them I keep and some I end up trashing because I don't like where it's going or forgetting why I started writing it," she said.

Stephane's literary arts teacher, Jesse Ellsbury, was one of the judges at The Herald-Mail's contest, but he did not see entries in the teen division until the second round. All four poems in the second round of judging were written by Ellsbury's students at BISFA. Ellsbury said Stephane has become a good poet in a short time.

Stephane admitted her poem had an unusual contradiction — hating and loving someone at the same time.

"(The idea came to me when) I was in biology. We had finished taking a test and I was just sitting there. I was thinking about someone who fell in love and hates the fact that they're in love — like falling in love with an enemy," she said. "I kind of just built off that, and two weeks later, I edited it through five times until I got it perfect. I sort of pride myself on the fact that I am a sort of grammar Nazi."

Structurally, the poem has four-line stanzas with an ABCB rhyme scheme using near rhyme.

But she said she doesn't always write in rhythm and rhyme.

"I'm all over the place (structurally)," she said. "It took me awhile to get to free verse. I would mostly do rhyming and four-line stanzas. Now that I'm doing it for a few months, I find it easier to do drop lines and use metaphors."

Stephane lives with her uncle and aunt, Brenda and Patrick Boyd, and she credits her grandmother with inspiring her creative side.

"My grandmother was a very artistic woman. She was in a local band in her youth. She drew a lot, and she was a very good writer. I have a few of her poems," she said. "I think I got my artistic side from her, whereas writing poems, I think I found that on my own."



— Chris Copley



I Love You



I hate you.



Every time you get near me

I start to lose my mind;

When my eyes stray to yours

I can feel it starting to slowly unwind.



I hate you.



I used to be a good speaker

But now I don't even know,

Because I pause and gasp and stutter,

And it's because of you that it is so.



I hate you.



Creeping quickly to my face

Is an unusual, sudden heat.

Why won't anything take away

This color in my cheeks?



I hate you.



My heart skips a beat when I hear your voice

And stops when I see your eyes.

Everything inside me screams

And I have figured out why.



I hate you.



My thoughts are cluttered inside my head

And there's only one thing I can say:

        I love you.

And I hate everything that makes you, you

For making me feel this way.



— By Stephane Mohr of Hagerstown







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