By Jim Lambert
Four years ago, Sydney Salomon read a poem in front of her eighth-grade English class at St. John the Apostle School in Clark.
It’s something that changed her life forever.
“When I finished reading the poem, my English teacher (Mrs. Quackenbush) pulled me aside and told me I was really talented,’’ said Salomon, a senior at Union Catholic. “She thought I had a lot of potential and that I should continue writing.’’
Those encouraging words inspired Salomon.
“From there, I started keeping a little notebook and started writing poetry in there all the time.’’ said Salomon, who lives in Linden.
Ever since then, Salomon has been filling up that notebook with poems, and last year she began putting her poems on her own personal page on a website for others to read.
“I started getting lots of recognition from people, so this summer I decided I wanted to publish a book,’’ said Salomon, who plans to attend The College of Saint Elizabeth.
Drawing inspiration from her uncle, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Gregory Pardlo, Salomon’s dream came true when she recently published her first poetry book.
“It’s very exciting to see my book published,’’ said Salomon, who is currently working on several other poetry books.
Salomon loves so many things about poetry.
“I love expressing myself through words, and I love that it’s my own thing and I can do it whenever I want and come back to it anytime I want,’’ said Salomon, who is a Student Ambassador at UC, and competed on the gymnastics team, and is a member of the Student Advisory Club. “Poetry is so unique and I like being able to tell my stories and decide how I want to reveal it to the world. Poetry is something I want to do for the rest of my life.’’