Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins held a panel on poetry and singled out the work of three Central Florida high schoolers at Rollins College this spring.
Collins, a Distinguished Fellow at the college’s Winter Park Institute, spoke with area high school and college students about poetry in the modern world. The U.S. Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003, Collins selected three poets from among 90 entrants to read their work at the event.
The winning poem was “Transcending Height,” by Logan Schulman, a 2013 gradute of Seminole High School. The first runner-up was Winter Park resident Richelle Burke, a rising senior at Trinity Preparatory School, who wrote: “A Myocardial Infarction in the Key of D.” And the second-runner up was Karen Watson, a rising sophomore at Timber Creek High School, for her poem “Dried Contact Lenses and Tired Eyes.”
“I’ve always said that high school is where poetry goes to die,” Collins said. “But with discussions like these about this art form’s significance, we’re keeping it alive.”