The challenges of the pandemic have necessitated some modifications over the past couple of years, but this spring Poetry Fest returned in traditional form and the results were quite inspiring. Poetry Fest has always celebrated the belief that poetry is primarily meant not to be read but to be heard, and the boys certainly brought that philosophy to life in grand fashion.
While all the boys were wonderful, Daniel Bittner '22, Bobby Cooper '23, Julian Boutin '24, and Will Achtmeyer '26 were honored for their performances. Daniel Bittner has performed every year since First Form!
Below, you can find a list of each student and their poem.
Daniel Bittner '22: “Ode to the West Wind” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Bobby Cooper '23: “Trumpet Player” by Langston Hughes
Dan Moran '23: “Alphabets” by GZA
Turner Rayment '23: “Once the World Was Perfect” by Joy Harjo
Julian Boutin '24: “Cold Summer” by Charles Bukowski
Jake Kornmehl '24: “Nightmare” by Frank Chipasula
James Keefe '25: “Ballad of Bawling Babies” by Mekhala Saran
Ezra Lee '25: “Fake” by A. R. the Believer
Will Achtmeyer '26: “If” by Rudyard Kipling
Boston Ezedi '26: “We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Chase Teeson '26: “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe (excerpted)
Jake Ma '27: “Journey's End” by J.R.R. Tolkein