High school teacher wins poetry contest

Jack Powers

Joel Barlow High School teacher Jack Powers is the winner of the 2012 Connecticut River Review Poetry Contest by the Connecticut Poetry Society.

The Connecticut Poetry Society is a state-wide community of poets dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of poetry.

Mr. Powers won with his poem, “Counting,” described by judge Jeff Mock as “an intelligent, moving meditation on celebrity and the misspent life and also on the glory of simply living, whether we spend our days well or not.”

“The language, direct and graceful, presents the speaker’s observations simply and concisely, and that is part of the beauty of this poem, because its subject is multifaceted and expansive,” said Mr. Mock, who is a poet and professor in the Masters of Fine Arts program at Southern Connecticut State University.

Mr. Powers, a long-time Fairfield resident, teaches special education and English at Joel Barlow High School. His poems have appeared in Rattle, Cortland Review, Inkwell, Poet Lore and elsewhere. He was the 2005 CCTE Poet of the Year and the 2008 New England Association of Teachers of English Poet of the Year. He is also a fellow of the Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield.

Mr. Powers will be the featured reader on Feb. 9 at The Studio Around the Corner in Brewster, N.Y.

More of his poems can be found at www.jackpowers13.com/poet.

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