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MAR 2017

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20 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 3.17 THE PORTRAIT Poetry Performer At the beginning of a class at Moore Traditional High School devoted to the production of a literary magazine, The Canon, Reid Nuckolls is an 18-year- old boy. He strides with youthful confidence toward the front of the class, and when someone tells him his shirt — a black tee with "not a fan." printed on the front — is cool, he juts his chin up and says, "I know, right?" But when he makes it up front and faces his classmates, he becomes someone else. The bravado leaves his face, and his mouth settles into a flat line. "Body my house," he recites from "Question," by the poet May Swenson. His voice sails through the lines. "my horse my hound / what will I do / when you are fallen?" Nuckolls read this poem in a contest to qualify for the state Poetry Out Loud competition. Held March 7 in Frankfort, the event will challenge Nuckolls and students from 22 other Kentucky schools to deliver aloud three poems by established writers, giving them a shot at nationals and scholarship money. (Two past Kentucky champs have won second place at nationals.) When Nuckolls' reading is over, the classroom's applause restores his rightful age. "Get my good side," he tells the photographer visiting his class. "My jawline is the only good feature of my face." "Yep," a girl calls. "Hey, you're not supposed to agree with me!" he says. — Dylon Jones Photo by Chris Witzke

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