For Marion County High School senior Josie Benningfield, writing poetry isn’t about entertaining others.
“Some people write poetry for other people,” she said. “For me personally, I write poetry for myself. Sometimes it’s crazy up there and you need a place to gather your emotions and poetry is the best way I know how to do that.”
Nevertheless, her poetry has certainly been noticed by others. Last school year, Benningfield won the Beta poetry contest at the state convention and then traveled to Oklahoma City to compete at the national level during the summer.