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Faces of Fairview: Jolie Hoskins

By Emma O'Leary in Student News


Senior Jolie Hoskins represented Fairview at the Colorado state Poetry Out Loud competition on February 28th, a competition which she was able to participate in after winning Fairview’s competition.

Hoskin’s interest in poetry began at a young age, when she read old poems and wrote her own.

“I don’t really know why I enjoyed it, but it was interesting,” Hoskins said.

This was Hoskin's first time participating in Poetry out Loud, and the speaking element of the competition was new to her.

“[Poetry out Loud] is less about acting something out and more about using your voice to emphasize and to explain exactly what’s going on, the deeper meanings,” Hoskins said.

Hoskins read three poems, including “The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “The War horse” by Eavan Boland, and “Constantly Risking Absurdity (#15)”, by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

She chose her poems because they cover a variety of topics and range from older poetry to  Boland’s more modern poem “War Horse.”

“I learned a little bit more about how poetry is less limited to rhyme and rhythm than I thought it was,” Hoskins said.

Hoskin credits this lesson that she learned at the competition with helping her overcome her writer’s block, and she continues to write her own poems today.

Hoskins has submitted her poetry to various publications and is planning on submitting her work to Fairview’s Ellipses Literary Magazine, where Hoskins works as an editor.

In addition to helping her overcome her writer’s block, Poetry Out Loud enabled Hoskins to explore theater and performance, in which she has developed a newfound interest.

“Being onstage during my second poem, I got up there and I realized, ‘I don’t have any stage fright right now’,” Hoskins said. “And that was an interesting realization. It’s been a new thing.”

Hoskins is interested in pursuing linguistics in the future, and while poetry might not be involved in that course of study, Hoskins wants to continue writing poetry because it allows her to “be creative”.

“I guess [poetry is] a way to express myself in a way that allows me to express the complexity of what I feel and see in the world without just simply writing ‘I am sad’,” Hoskins said. “It is difficult for me to understand that myself.”

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