Tirlea Finds Comfort in Poetry

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Tirlea Finds Comfort in Poetry

Hannah often writes short poems and averages one almost every day.

Hannah often writes short poems and averages one almost every day.

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Hannah often writes short poems and averages one almost every day.

Photo Submitted by Hannah Tirlea

Photo Submitted by Hannah Tirlea

Hannah often writes short poems and averages one almost every day.

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Ever since senior Hannah Tirlea can remember, words flowed from the tip of her pen faster than she could sing her favorite song. She began writing poetry in elementary school, assembling big poetry books and giving them to her parents. She continued to write poetry every day and it became a instinctive part of her life. Writing became as natural as breathing, and with every breath, a new verse flowed out onto paper, creating a melody to be heard by all who read it. For Tirlea, poetry was her home, and each line built the foundation that boosted her to where she is now.

In school, most people doodle pictures of flowers or hearts in class, but Tirlea doodled poems on the back of her papers. These weren’t your dainty “roses are red, violets are blue” type poems. These were deep, emotional poems that she scribbled out in a matter of minutes. As her hardest critic, Tirlea never believed these five minute odes were worth reading, but teachers think otherwise. Tirlea’s creative writing teacher, Jennifer Beckett, commented, “Hannah sometimes incorporates art into her journal. I love it. I think it reflects her creativity and her vibrant mind.”

Over the course of her lifetime, Tirlea has written one to two poems a day for fourteen years. Added up, that is between 5,000 and 10,000 poems, give or take some days. By now, it may be odd to find inspiration after writing so many poems, but Tirlea hasn’t missed a beat. “I love writing about people I know and personal experiences,” she stated. She always finds something around her to spark a creative bug in her mind and transition it to her work.

Beckett knows Tirlea is capable of writing what many readers are feeling but can’t express, which makes her work so approachable. “Hannah’s writing is genuine and beautiful.  She puts into words the feelings that many people do not know how to express. She can express the significance that resides in even the smallest moments,” she explained.

Another source of inspiration for Tirlea is Ellen Hagan, a poet, educator, feminist, and performer from Kentucky who has two published collections of poems. Tirlea notes that knowing Hagan is from where she is from is inspiring and allows Hagan’s work to help her create her own pieces.

Besides poetry, Tirlea finds great joy in other forms of writing. She writes short fiction, novels, plays, and creative nonfiction, or in her words, “pretty much everything.”

Tirlea is also involved in theatre, and plans to combine her passions in college to make it a career. She said, “I  want to open my own theatre company and produce my own original shows/ just direct other shows. I’m going to Transy (Transylvania University in Lexington, KY) and double majoring in English and theatre with a minor in creative writing.” 

Hannah can accomplish anything that she wants to as a writer.  She is a talented poet and memoir writer. I expect that she will publish often. I certainly hope so. I will buy everything she publishes!”

— Jennifer Beckett, SCHS Creative Writing Teacher

Tirlea has always viewed writing as an outlet, not only to new people and experiences, but also as an escape from the pressures of her academic life. “High school is rough sometimes. A ton of stuff is being figured out all at once. But poetry helps sift through all the craziness and figure out what matters,” she explained.

While known mostly for her performances in plays and musicals, Tirlea’s writing is becoming another staple to her name. Recently, she was runner up in a Poetry Out Loud competition in Frankfort.

There is another major project in relation to her writing underway.  Currently, she is publishing some of her original work. Tirlea explained, “One poem (My Mother’s Closet)  is in the process now with a formal publishing company, but I’ve already self published my own book of them (poems) and sold over 100 copies.” Copies of her book, Hivemind, are sold at Simple Charm in downtown Georgetown for $5.

Tirlea loves what she does, and hopes to pass on her affection for writing and performing to the next generation. Her advice for those students is simple. “Poetry doesn’t have to be in any particle outline. It doesn’t need to rhyme or have a certain number of syllables to work.”

Beckett sees nothing but a bright future ahead for Tirlea, saying, “Hannah can accomplish anything that she wants to as a writer.  She is a talented poet and memoir writer. I expect that she will publish often. I certainly hope so. I will buy everything she publishes!”