Students are encouraged to submit original poetry and art, film and audio illustrating a poem to the Mattie J. T. Stepanek Poetry Contest.
Short Film Program | Poetic Cinema
Teachers: Visit the free MY HERO Lesson Plan for National Poetry Month for this film program. Includes discussion guide and learning outcomes.
The following films celebrate poetic cinema. Films and poetry have a connection because of their use of images, sound, and time.
As you watch these films, consider the techniques used by filmmakers to bring out these elements in poetry.
Taft High School student, Matthew Marroquin, takes on the task of illustrating this poem by Robert Frost.
Taft High School student, Deana Saito, creates a beautiful visual expression of the poem by William Wordsworth.
Learn about National Poetry Month with Hero Essays
Mattie Stepanek: For Our World Mattie's poems of peace and hope have touched millions of lives.
"And, as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name."
~ William Shakespeare
"A poem...begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It is a reaching-out toward expression; an effort to find fulfillment. A complete poem is one where an emotion finds the thought and the thought finds the words."
- Lucille Clifton
Films | Poetry Recitals
David Milch Reads The Eulogy of Wild Bill Hickok from Deadwood at The MY HERO Project's 2015 Jazz and Poetry Salon.
New Visions Foundation founder, Paul Cummins, reads Robert Frost at the MY HERO poetry and jazz SALON 4/18/13.
Olivia Milch Reads Wild Geese by Mary Oliver at The MY HERO Project's 2015 Jazz and Poetry Salon.
Learn about a New Hero Every Day of the Year: Use the MY HERO Calendar in the Classroom
Share the Story of your Hero through Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program
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