Lombard poets share works during jazzy afternoon

 
 
Posted11/1/2018 12:31 PM
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  • Madelyn Roecker reads a poem during the Anonymous Poets Society poetry and jazz slam by fourth-grade students at Hammerschmidt Elementary School in Lombard.

      Madelyn Roecker reads a poem during the Anonymous Poets Society poetry and jazz slam by fourth-grade students at Hammerschmidt Elementary School in Lombard. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Maddie Cook shares a poem during the Anonymous Poets Society poetry and jazz slam by fourth-grade students at Hammerschmidt Elementary School in Lombard.

      Maddie Cook shares a poem during the Anonymous Poets Society poetry and jazz slam by fourth-grade students at Hammerschmidt Elementary School in Lombard. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Hammerschmidt Elementary fourth-grader Max Ito joins other students in reading their poetry during the Anonymous Poets Society poetry and jazz slam at the school in Lombard.

      Hammerschmidt Elementary fourth-grader Max Ito joins other students in reading their poetry during the Anonymous Poets Society poetry and jazz slam at the school in Lombard. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Students listen to their classmates read their works during a poetry and jazz slam by the Anonymous Poets Society at Hammerschmidt Elementary School in Lombard.

      Students listen to their classmates read their works during a poetry and jazz slam by the Anonymous Poets Society at Hammerschmidt Elementary School in Lombard. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • A group of student poets put on an afternoon slam as part of the Anonymous Poets Society at Hammerschmidt Elementary in Lombard.

      A group of student poets put on an afternoon slam as part of the Anonymous Poets Society at Hammerschmidt Elementary in Lombard. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

They dressed the part as artistic types in dark clothing and read their works aloud with passion and style, but these young students shed the secrecy of their writing efforts when the Anonymous Poets Society went public.

During a recent afternoon poetry reading and jazz slam at Hammerschmidt Elementary School's library in Lombard, which was dimly lit for the occasion, about 75 students whose teachers helped them form the society gave poetic performances to their peers.

The book "Love that Dog" guided the fourth-grade students in their exploration of structured and self-reflective poetry during the early part of the school year, under the tutelage of teachers Emily Drafata, Morgan Dowell, Kim Lynch, Chris Prohaska, Kelly Summers, Julie Syperek and Anna Traficanti.

Each student was expected to write a poem inspired by a famous poet to share during the Anonymous Poets Society's event.

Along with the readings, Lombard Elementary District 44 band and orchestra teachers added their talents to give the gathering its jazzy feel.

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