Stevenson student wins national poetr...

Stevenson student wins national poetry award

There are 2 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from May 1, 2010, titled Stevenson student wins national poetry award. In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

Matt Ganales' moment of brilliance came on a sick day. The Stevenson School seventh-grader had a poem to write for his language arts class, so instead of spending maybe 30 minutes on it, Matt dedicated about 90 minutes to composing his homework assignment while fighting off a bug.

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Seaside Lady

Monterey, CA

#1 May 1, 2010
Very cool! Congrats to him. Reading makes the writer. Just wondering, where can we see the poem?
Cindy P Gates

Salinas, CA

#2 May 2, 2010
Here it is!

Raking Hay

By Matthew Ganeles

This field goes on in time,
wrapping around mountains, years, generations.
What are two men against a mountain,
to plow it,
sow it,
lay it straight,
maintain fence line
and productivity?
He has worn this hat
every summer
for thirty years,
flattening fields
he claims as his own,
but even
as he fights the horses
to keep them in line,
knocks down
a seasonís worth of weeds,
even as he grips the reins
and guides the blade,
he canít help but notice
the shy autumn sun.

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