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Illustration by Nimi Bala

Dunbar’s Poet Laureate Tradition

In 2004, Dunbar began doing something a little different at graduation. Seniors were given the opportunity to submit original poems to compete for the title of Poet Laureate. This title is in honor of the school’s namesake: Paul Laurence Dunbar, a renowned poet of the 20th century. The selected student reads his or her poem on the stage at graduation and has their poem included in the yearbook. Here is a collection of the poets and their winning poems.

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2013

I have heard, I have been told, They call us “The lost generation.” But what I see, I see more. Behind scenes Between lines After painful outcries And long nights Laughter And happily ever after’s   Except We have only just begun Here we are Feeling like this is ending Heartstrings bending Sending familiar melodies; memories To our friends. ...

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