Writes of Passage

Sam Renard ’19 was February’s spotlight storyteller at the Creative Writing Department’s Writes of Passage on Thursday, February 15. Renard read her poems, “Values Embodied," "Idea Orphanage," "Candid," "Running to Catch Up," and  "It All Started with the Rain," The latter two poems, she wrote while in middle school during writing exercises that used the prompts “running to catch up” and “it all started with the rain.” “Values Embodied," was inspired by Jonathan Swift's “Gulliver's Travels,” Renard noted. She added that she really enjoyed writing it and liked the playful tone of it, but the ending made it more serious. This event marked the first time she read her recent works “Idea Orphanage” and “Candid” to an audience.

Using poetry to express abstract ideas into more relatable words is a concept she employs often. She has been writing since Middle School, where she took creative writing with Creative Writing Teacher Jane St. Clair. Once at the Upper School, she enrolled in Director of Creative Writing Melody Mansfield’s creative writing class as a freshman. As a sophomore, she continued writing poetry in Mansfield’s English class.

Asked what her writing style is, Renard responded that she is not sure, but she likes to use rhyme and create a rhythm in her work. “I like to combine easy and difficult language to juxtapose the easy and difficult concepts,” she said. “My writing process is normally when I'll think of some sort of contradiction within myself or my society, and I won't find peace with it until I write some sort of poem about it.”
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