Senior Rida Qureshi: “This is my fourth poetry out loud. Freshman year I competed, and I placed second. Sophomore year I won the school competition, I won regionals, and I made it to finals.
My first poem is about the feeling that music gives the poet, so he’s talking about how overwhelmed he is by how good it is. The second poem is a metaphor about race relations in the United States and stereotypes and how dogs don’t have those stereotypes. The poet wishes for that simplicity.
It’s all your jurisdiction, it’s how you run it. You dictate what the poem means, it’s not just someone else’s words in your mouth, it’s your words in your mouth.”
Highlights from Poetry Out Loud 2019.