Young poets receive high praise

TWO of Hobart’s young poets have received national praise after being highly commended for their entries in the Red Room Poetry’s competition, ‘Poetry Object 2019.’

New Town High School student Jackson Mellor, pictured, and Ogilvie High School student Keely Hunter’s entries in the competition, titled ‘Loved by Me’ and ‘A note’ respectively, were inspired by treasured, curious or talismanic objectives.

Jackson’s poem followed the theme of one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, which held a special meaning for him.

“I was given a rock from a very close friend for my birthday a couple of years ago that he painted on, and because we’re both Aboriginal he told me to keep it to symbolise our friendship,” Jackson said.

“My poem is based off this and is trying to say that people can perceive things differently.”

Jackson said he wrote the poem as part of his English Writing class with teacher Daniel Howard.

“We had a poet come in and give us the task to write a very short poem,” he said.

“The first line of that poem was the only thing I kept, but right from the start I had the same inspirational story.

“Writing is something I want to keep doing because it helps me express my feelings by writing it out and not just telling someone.

“I feel if I can do it in the most creative way possible then it’s fun and I enjoy it.”

Winning poems were selected from more than 2,350 submissions from across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, with a total prize pool worth more than $10,000.

The poems evoke wonder and curiosity as tributes for small objects, precious moments and memories.

“It was an honour to read the shortlisted poetry entries for the 2019 Red Room Poetry Object competitions,” judge and award-winning poet Emilie Zoey Baker said.

“There were some truly exciting new voices that I’m thrilled to highlight here.

“I looked for poets that had a vision they wanted to share and had found a way to draw the reader in.”

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