Dacier enthused: “Poetry Out Loud is a wonderful organization and their purpose of bringing the arts to all students is beautiful.”
She recited “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” by Walt Whitman, and “Snowflake” by William Baer. These poems, according to Dacier, emphasize elements in nature, such as snowflakes and stars, that are simply perfect and untainted by human flaw or influence. “I connected with how these poets reflected the true beauty in the world in such descriptive language and emotion," she said.
To Dacier, the competition was inspiring to see because all the students were incredibly talented and passionate. “I was humbled to see how much talent resides in California alone, and it was an honor to be able to perform in such beautiful venues as the Assembly Hall and Crest Theatre," she said. "I am thankful to have been a part of Poetry Out Loud, and I will always cherish the experience.”
Anne Bown-Crawford, Director of the California Arts Council, comments, “It is rewarding to see confidence and creativity ignite so powerfully in each of our county champions. The program is truly a testament to arts education as a categorical imperative for the future successes of both our students and our state.”
For more information on Poetry Out Loud, visit: http://www.poetryoutloud.org/