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Getting published: Forest Park students find it easy

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Forest Park Elementary is home to some famous fourth graders whose poetry was recently published.

Jean Harris devoted six weeks for her students to study poetry. Each student wrote haiku, cinquain, alliteration, limerick and concrete poems and chose one of their favorites to submit to two different publications. "A Celebration of Young Poets" published 11 of her students along with other student authors from Indiana. In a separate publication, "Young American Poetry Digest," 10 of her students were selected among students across the nation.

"I told them, 'You're authors now! You have a piece of your work published in a book!' It's been a lot of hard work for them and for me, but it was well worth it. I'm so proud of them," Harris said.

Annie Smiley said, "We're not just plain old anybodies. We're authors!"

The Forest Park Elementary received free copies of the books and Jeffrey Foulke commented, "It's fun to see my name in a book in our library."

Caroline Disney said she feels more incentive to write when she puts herself into her poems. Aisa Terry said, "If you can think of just one little thing, you can write about it."

Zach Davis didn't even like writing, but he said it's amazing how Mrs. Harris inspired him.

Alex Frankville said, "When Mrs. Harris told us about the chance to have our poems published, it gave me hope and made me want to write."

Harris asked Justin Nevins to read his poem aloud.

"It's not that his is any better than anyone else's. It's just that I couldn't get him to write and when I saw his first rough draft, I thought to myself, 'This is what poetry's all about.'," Harris said.

Nevins read his short, but to the point, poem about tears he cried at the death of his sister.

Dana Harbaugh summed it up for him when she said, "A poem isn't just a bunch of words. It's what you think and feel."

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