Poetry Power

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Connetquot High School seniors enrolled in Elyse Bedell’s fifth-period English class recently created an anthology of odes and tribute poems, “Unspeakably Perfect Miracles.” Due to their outstanding efforts, their body of work was selected as grand champion winner in its category for the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association’s 32nd annual poetry contest. More than 3,200 poems were submitted to the contest from schools throughout Long Island. Additionally, Ms. Bedell’s seventh-period class created another class anthology, “Barbaric Yawp.” This anthology was named category winner in its group for the Walt Whitman Association’s poetry contest.