Education

U.S. Poet Laureate Shares Work With Wardlaw+Hartridge Students

8ad40aea7c1a861633a4_Tracy_K_Smith_1.JPG
Tracy K. Smith reads her poetry to Wardlaw+Hartridge students in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Credits: Wardlaw + Hartridge
00fe782dd76fadd8d384_Tracy_K_Smith_7.jpg
Vanessa Fang of Edison, Jasmine Burney of Plainfield, Nelagh Matthews of Metuchen, Rose Kassam of Scotch Plains, Samia Silver of Rahway and Simrah Razvi of Somerset with Tracy K. Smith Credits: Wardlaw + Hartridge
8ad40aea7c1a861633a4_Tracy_K_Smith_1.JPG

EDISON, NJ -- Tracy K. Smith, the current U.S. Poet Laureate and Director of the Creative Writing Department at Princeton University, spent a few exciting hours at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison reading to and meeting with students on April 4.

At the Berry Performing Arts Center, Ms. Smith read poems from her Pulitzer Prize winner, Life on Mars, as well as new poems from her collection published this week, Wade in the Water. Poems such as "Sci-Fi," "The Universe as Primal Scream," and "Wade in the Water" challenged the audience to think about being human in an incomprehensible universe, full of paradox. 

Ms. Smith also read poems from her current project involving the American South and the inescapable visual vestiges of slavery and institutional racism. To help provide insight into a poem's imagery, sound and form, she shared her inspiration behind particular poems. Students asked Ms. Smith questions at the end of her reading.

Sign Up for E-News

A small group discussion with Upper School students followed in the Center for Global Learning where students engaged in a Q&A session with Ms. Smith, read original work inspired by Life on Mars, and had their books signed. AP Language and Composition juniors read Tracy K. Smith's Life on Mars last trimester and were familiar with her work. It was a joy-filled day of poetry. 

"The students here are so poised and deeply thoughtful," Ms. Smith said. "Their questions were unique and I was moved by the writing they have done in response to the poems."

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school located in Edison serving students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Westfield Family Continues ‘Summer of Kindness’ with Infant Clothing Drive

July 12, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield mom and teacher Sara Liptack is continuing her family’s “Summer of Kindess” with an infant clothing for Furniture Assist, an organization in Springfield that helps formerly homeless people, veterans, the elderly, fire victims, refugees and people fleeing domestic violence.

“I said, ‘What’s the one thing you really ...

It's Not What You Are Eating, It's What's Eating You

EMOTIONAL EATING: FEEDING YOUR FEELINGS

Emotional eating can be described as episodes of binge-eating, grazing and/or eating when not hungry to soothe feelings. Emotional eaters have a pattern of eating to cope with stress, emotional conflicts and problems of daily life.

Emotional eating is eating for reasons other than hunger. Instead of physical symptoms initiating the eating, ...

Let's Talk About Suicide

In our world today, it seems our children, no matter the town, state, education, family unit, socioeconomic background, ethnicity or religion are grappling with complex, confounding and complicated issues not even fit for a middle-aged adult. Sadly, one of these issues is suicide. With mental health gaining more attention, the stigma appears to be dissipating but when a mental health ...

What Is Your Bottom Line?

This week's Parshah (Torah reading) is the Parshah of Pinchas the Zealot: the courageous young priest who stood up against idolatry and immorality and, in the end, saved Israel from a devastating plague.

While Pinchas' radical response made him a hero worthy of having a Torah section named after him, we wouldn't necessarily suggest to our children ...

State-Imposed Affordable Housing Requirements Will Lead to Overdevelopment in Scotch Plains

July 17, 2018

Dear Editor:

There will be a public hearing in Trenton concerning the affordable housing process on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the State House Annex (131-137 W State St, Trenton, NJ 08608) in Committee Room 16 on the 4th floor.

This hearing is hosted by the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, and the Committee will receive ...

When to Dial 911: Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Tip of the Month

July 10, 2018

There are many times you should call 911. If you or someone around you is in true medical distress, such as experiencing difficulty breathing, chest pains, bleeding, possible stroke, or any other serious health issues, then 911 should be called as soon as possible. If there are wires down, fire, a crime in progress, or other dangerous conditions to people or property, call 911 ...

Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey Encourages Family Fun with Online Fishing Tournament

July 16, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ — The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) is asking families to cast their lines and reel in some quality time this summer as part of the fourth annual Don’t Get Hooked on Drugs Online NJ Family Fishing Tournament.

The competition will be held from July 27 to August 5 as a way to encourage families to enjoy a day of fishing, while giving ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_8bc24d85ca74db6c7c50_chess_piece

Wed, July 18, 6:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Youth Chess Club at Scotch Plains Public Library

Arts & Entertainment Education

Carousel_image_b3322a9af399ab00349f_nightsky

Mon, July 23, 8:00 PM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

View the Night Sky at the Scotch Plains Public ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Carousel_image_99864111416f9af936dd_dsc_2436

Wed, July 25, 6:00 PM

JCC of Central NJ, Scotch Plains

The JCC’s Barracudas Swim Team Meet the Coaches ...

Sports