Austin Smith hadn’t expected to encounter a play-by-play of a football game in a poetry book.
“I was just looking through some of the poems and I saw one about football, and I thought about how strange it was, not only talking about football but the implications it had about life,” said the Bexley High School senior.
Smith ended up reciting this poem, “Wide Receiver” by Mark Halliday, as his first poem in the 2020 Ohio Poetry Out Loud (POL) State Finals on March 6 at the King Arts Complex, where he went on to recite two more poems that evening and win the title of State Champion.
He accepted his award on stage, beaming, with a few tears shining in his eyes, as he was surrounded by family and a cheering squad of his blue-and-white-clad peers.
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