A Pair of Writing Awards
A poem by senior Xiangjiu Wang was selected recently as a winner in the 2012 Young Southern Student Writers contest. Xiangjiu, a senior boarding student from China, was honored for his poem “The Terracotta Man” which he wrote in his Craft of Poetry class taught by Kemmer Anderson.
Xiangjiu was recognized April 17 at the YSSW awards ceremony at the Tivoli Theater in downtown Chattanooga along with other winners from the Chattanooga area. The contest is sponsored by the Arts & Education Council
and the Department of English at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
The Terracotta Man
On the grandpa’s book shelf,
There always stands a clay man.
The man never moved.
Born to die in the Qing Dynasty,
The Terracotta Man is a piece of air.
In western eyes,
He is a Chinese Mummy.
Tales say that he is buried alive.
Living in the Massive grave,
The man stand straight.
Thousands of years of waiting,
He was finally revealed.
The glaring paint vanishes within ten seconds,
Leaving the grueling memories behind.
Made in China,
He stands straight.
The contest asked entrants to examine how Columbus was viewed in different time periods.
In a 1,000-word piece, Aaron did a superb job of explaining how Columbus’ status in the world’s eyes went from exulted to ridiculed to glorified as a great explorer to indignation over his mistreatment of native Americans.
The annual contest is sponsored by the Tennessee Society of the DAR. He was notified April 13 by the National Society DAR of his selection as the Southeastern winner, a region which includes students from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina.
The essays of the eight divisional winners will be judged by the National Italian American Foundation. The national winner will be the guest of the NIAF and will be flown to Washington, D.C., to read his or her essay on October 8, which is Columbus Day.
Aaron is a junior day student from Signal Mountain and is the son of Ira and Catherine Long.