Oklahoma City students get inspiration through poetry

BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO Modified: May 19, 2009 at 5:23 am •  Published: May 19, 2009

/> "I never thought that The Poetry Club would become so significant, such a big deal, but these are truly remarkable young men leading magnificent lives,” Mike Turpen said. "I love, honor and respect these guys.”

Jack Randolph has become the leader of the group. Mike Turpen said, "He made it look cool to all the other guys.”

The words have shown up in a variety of ways as Petersen put "If” on the lockers before Heritage Hall football playoff games. Vater had "In The Arena” on the team’s cross country T-shirts. Bray has become so passionate he recites poetry at local poetry clubs.

The seven seniors are getting ready for the next chapter of their lives. Petersen will attend Rice on a football scholarship, while Vater will attend Virginia. The other five are going to Oklahoma, and Randolph plans to try to walk-on the OU basketball team.

Because the five of them are going to the same school (Ford Price and Patrick Turpen will be roommates), they will continue the club in college. Even though Petersen and Vater won’t be there, they’ll still do what they can to participate during Christmas break and other trips home.

"My brother (Jack) is in college, so we know it can be done,” said Ryan Randolph.

"It’s been a lot of fun, and it’s been special. I hope it doesn’t end.”

They already have their next challenge as Mike Turpen gave them each a copy of the movie "The Outsiders” with Frost’s poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay” taped to the front of it Sunday. The poem was featured in the film.


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