“What Will Your Verse Be?”
By Hunter Gallant, Media Associate
Icarus dreamed he knew of a better world.
He tried to escape,
And he did;
For a moment, just a moment,
He could look down upon
Any worry or weakness,
For he had transcended them;
For a moment,
He was free.
A moment. A twinkle. An instance, of looking down upon the world, of seeing the bigger picture. Seeing what truly lasts and what vanishes in an instant. Making the most of what you have. Some do that through writing. Others create incredible works of art. And even more find alternate, unique ways to make their mark.
It is rare to find this drive to create a lasting piece of art, be it written or drawn, within the young people of contemporary society. However, at Rocky Hill School, students have found their drive and are sharing it with the world.
The Hill is a literary and arts journal, published biannually and composed of multiple student works. These works range in style, from poems to short stories, paintings to sculptures. All of the content published in The Hill is created by the students, for the students.
For some, The Hill is a stepping-stone into the world of art, literature, or publishing. For others, it is simply an enjoyable extracurricular activity, one that will stay with them long after their graduation.
One of the many truly unique features of The Hill is that it is run almost entirely by students. Michael Levy, class of 2014, founded The Hill in early 2013. He wanted to offer his peers the ability to publish their work. Now in its third year, The Hill has grown larger than Michael could have imagined. On the Board sit eleven students and two faculty advisors, all of them working hard throughout the year to not only complete their schoolwork, but also to publish and promote The Hill.
The members of the Board deserve some recognition: Giovanni Carlos Armonies-Assalone '15 (Editor-In-Chief); Amanda Siegel '15 (Operations Manager); and Brady Dill '15 (Head Copy Editor); followed by Jenna O'del '16, Hunter Corbett '17, Elizabeth Farber (Associate Copy Editors); Teddy Haddow '15, Read Frost '15, Shane Woolley '15, and Noah Jorgenson '16 (Media Directors); Violet Rosenberg '15 (Head Formatting and Artwork Editor), and Stephanie Petrone '15 (Associate Art Director). The two faculty advisors are Ms. Belinda Snyman and Ms. Meg Getsinger, the heads of the English and Art departments, respectively.
Special recognition must also be given to Crosstown Press, who has printed every copy of The Hill since its founding. The Board is extremely grateful for the kindness and generosity of Steve and Donna Levy.
The Hill is in its third year. Volume III, Issue I was recently released to great acclaim. This edition aims to follow Rocky Hill’s 2014-2015 diversity theme for the year, "layers", emphasizing that everyone and everything contains more than the eye can see.
For the first time, the public will be allowed to peruse the publication and see what amazing work the students have done. The Hill will be available at the East Greenwich Free Library for viewing. Should anyone wish to purchase a copy, please email the Editor-In-Chief at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not only is it available in print form, but select pieces from The Hill are shared on its website, thehill.rockyhill.org. Some pieces, such as videos and other non-printable media, are only available on the website. Additional information can be found there as well.
In essence, The Hill is more than simply a publication. It is an outlet. It is a way for the students to express their unique and personal identities, and thus a way for the students to contribute their verse to the grand play of life.
And finally in tribute to the great Walt Whitman:
Oh me! Oh life!
Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.