VIDEO: EdWatch: Sanford freshman to compete in nat'l poetry competition

A 15-year-old local student heads to the national stage to compete in a poetry competition.

WDEL's Amy Cherry has more in this week's WDEL Delaware EducationWatch.



Sanford freshman Jordan McMillan is getting the word out: the spoken word.

She's representing Delaware in the National Poetry Out Loud competition this weekend in Washington, D.C.

"It didn't really register that I won. It was really cool, and then I got home, and I was like, 'Whoa, I was the first in the state. That's kind of awesome,'" she says.



This poet writes all her own stuff and prefers when it doesn't rhyme.

"The poetry I write is relatable to other people. But I write it for myself," she says.



Her words sound like a monologue, and at times, you may forget it's even a poem.

"What I like most about poetry is how you can capture certain things without even stating what those things are," she explains.



She pushes her nerves aside, even with her heart pounding, and gets up on that stage and becomes someone else entirely.

"Very much so portraying a character, who has something to say," she says.



And McMillan ALWAYS has something to say--with one exception.

"If I won nationals, I... no words could describe how happy I would be," she says.



Hear a portion of her performance:

"Talent is what they say you have after the novel is published and favorably reviewed. Beforehand, what you have is a tedious delusion, a hobby, like, knitting. Work is what you have done after the play is produced and the audience claps. Before that, friends keep asking when you're planning to go out and get a job. Genius is what they know you had after the third volume of remarkable poems. Earlier, they accuse you of withdrawing, ask why you don't have a baby, call you a bum," she recites a portion of the "Young Who Want to" from memory.











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