Synergy Times

News from Synergy School

Alumni Poetry Reading

russreadingpoems

Synergy founder Russ Messing and former Synergy teacher Jim Halligan are old friends, and as they took turns reading their poetry to a room full of Synergy alums, they engaged in some gentle sparring. Jim read a couple of poems about birds, and Russ countered with a poem of his own called “Happy Flock,” about the passions of birders: I don’t understand birders, how they coo and crow at the sighting of their thirteenth warbler finch, their umpteenth blue-footed booby, yet another flightless cormorant…

Birds weren’t the only theme, of course – one of Jim’s poems described adventures on a hitchhiking trip across country, another focused on the shootings at Virginia Tech. Russ’s poems explored a range of topics—from a photo of Georgia O’Keefe, to a visit to the family gravesite. The alumni gathering was an Alumni Committee event organized by Synergy co-founders Katherine Czesak and Jill Goffstein Stocks along with Pat Tokangua, former Synergy teacher. There were several generations of former Synergy students there, as well as alumni parents and teachers, including Tammy Damon and Elena Dillon, who hosted the event.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

If you’re interested in reading these poets’ work, you can find Russ’s book, A Convergence of Unanticipated Consequences on Amazon.
Jim doesn’t have a collection published–at least not yet–but he has collaborated on several children’s books including Diabolic Downloads (Forbidden Files), Fowl Play, Round the Bend, Fowl Deeds (nominated for a Bistro Award) and Seeing Red.

A final word from Russ’s poem, “Some Last Things:”

A few last things to know: I love you. Forget about the hurts, I’ll take them off your hands. The keys are in the freezer.

— by Connie Matthiessen

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on May 8, 2014 by in Alumni and tagged , .

Navigation

Diversity at Synergy

Our mission is to be an integral part of creating an environment that supports, respects, and celebrates the diversity of our students, families, staff, and friends. We will be proactive in educating ourselves and our community about all issues of diversity.

Synergy Middle School

History, Language Arts, Math & Science

Synergy Times

News from Synergy School

Synergy School Drama

Kids Acting Out

The 8th Grade Blog

Navigating the High School Admissions Process and Other News

Technology @ Synergy School

Helping Students, Staff and Parents Navigate the Tech World

Synergy School's 4/5 Class

Keeping up with the Skylights and Eastenders

Synergy Language Arts

"So many books, so little time." -Frank Zappa

Spanish at Synergy

¡Bienvenidos!

Synergy School Library Blog

A place where inquisitive young minds feel welcome to explore

Synergeyes

Synergy School's Visual Arts Blog

%d bloggers like this: