By Christopher Wong, Chief Editor
Poetry has a special ability to captivate you and speak to the mind no matter how many times you hear it, just how Kaitlyn Kui has managed to deliver an astonishing performance again in the county-level Poetry Out Loud competition.
The competition was held on February 4 at Rosemont High School. The stakes were even higher this time, as there were now competitors from all over the Sacramento area, including Elk Grove and Antelope. Fourteen talented high school students recited at the event. The winner would go on to represent Sacramento County in the statewide competition.
Adding on to the pressure of increased competition, competitors had to memorize two poems this time as opposed to only one at the school level. The catch is that the poem must have been written before the twentieth century, challenging students in their abilities to comprehend older English and still be able to connect to the poems’ meanings.
Kui first performed her poem for the school competition, “Blackberrying” by Sylvia Plath. Once again, she delivered a powerful, chilling performance. You could almost see blackberries in her hand as she spoke.
Afterwards, she performed her new, pre-20th century poem, “After working sixty hours again for what reason” by Bob Hicok. The poem has a great sense of irony and is actually a bit funny when you look at the deeper meaning.
Ultimately, Kaitlyn Kui delivered an amazing performance, even though she did not proceed to the state competition. However, all of her teachers and peers are proud of her for her accomplishment.
Below, you can find links to her poems and the full taping of the competition. You can also catch the competition right on your TV at the times listed.
Poetry Out Loud Encore – Comcast Channel 16, Consolidated Communications Channel 22
- Tuesday, February 16 at 7 p.m.
- Thursday, February 18 at 12:15 p.m.
- Saturday, February 20 at 8 a.m.
- Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m.
- Thursday, March 17 at 12:15 p.m.
- Saturday, March 26 at 8 a.m.
- Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m.