She may not know if she wants to become a poet, but Pilgrim freshman Charlotte Frost certainly has the name for it, and now she also has the distinction of writing a poem that was recognized and declared as exceptional by acclaimed New York City native slam poet Taylor Mali.
Frost crafted her poem as the result of an exercise in writing poetry in Brian Callahan's freshman English class. He purchased a set of poetry concept dice that were created by Mali through a kickstarter. The dice feature concepts, objects and an adjective, and when rolled together they create opportunities for metaphorical concepts that can sprout into poetry.
When Mali posed a challenge on his Facebook page to have students write poems based on the role of the dice, he posed it as an assignment to his approximately 55 students. Frost rolled "Happiness, Songbird and Small Town" in her roll, and wrote an ensuing poem called "Happiness."
Callahan sent the poem to Mali, who chose it on June 6 as the winner of the contest. Frost received a personalized, handwritten poem from Mali himself as a result, which she said modestly "dumbfounded" her, as she didn't think much of her poem at all.
Callahan, on the other hand, believes Frost could become an amazing poet – and not just because of her name.
"She uses end rhymes but in a sophisticated way that is not typical of novice poets," he said. "The creativity that comes out of these kids is so powerful."