Located approximately 30 minutes from campus, Acton, Mass., is home to the Robert Creeley Poetry Foundation, and it was here that Breton Lorway '17 (a four-year senior from Princeton, Mass.) recently participated in the Helen Creeley Student Poetry Competition
The Helen Creeley Student Poetry Prize honors one or two public or private high school students in the state each year. The competition brings students from all over the state together to read their poems for each other, their families, and a panel of judges, which includes well-known poets. Breton was chosen as one of six finalists out of more than 100 student poets.
“I decided to participate in the contest to get my writing out there, and to see where it would go,” said Breton. “I ended up having to leave my comfort zone a little to read in front of a lot of people, but everyone involved was so nice, and it ended up being fine. Even though I didn’t win, it was a cool way to meet people my age who also appreciate poetry as much as I do.”
Many thanks to Dr. Carey and Ms. Pressman for attending Breton's reading. We hope to see other Cushing poets participate in future years.
Below is one of the poems that Breton read.
by Breton Lorway
There might be a lot of lavender
that's the color of the air
my mother brushes my hair
seven minutes after I put a run in these tights
I've never learned not to yank or grab
or to hush
Quarters for the meter
pills and matches she can't identify
last time it was a pill and a dog treat.
At home it feels like Christmas but
she screws the top back on a pepper mill
and stirs the cornmeal mush
Canon in D twinkles in and around
we sweep our feet
across the greying floor
socks whispering to the wood
making it warm with breath
I paint my hair
she pats my head