Poetry reading to share fond memories

Four women from Winthrop’s English department read poems at the Little Chapel Tuesday at 5 p.m. in honor of Women’s History Month and National Poetry Month.

Poems read at the “Writing Our Lives” event ranged from heavy pieces about the stillborn child of a friend to an ode to an ex-mother-in-law.

“It’s really cool to see them reading their poetry and almost performing, in a way,” said English major Alex Muller.

This event began with English professor Jane Smith reading poems that captured nature and the environment with words.

These poems featured imagery of a heron landing on still water and a tribute to a Winthrop professor who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

English graduate Julie Cook’s poems were heavy, sometimes sorrowful poems about love, marriage and parenthood.

One poem was inspired by two of her children’s stillborn births and a friend who had recently lost her child at 20 weeks.

Following these heavy pieces, English professor Jo Koster lifted the mood with lighthearted poems including a poem about a time she visited Rome and Japanese tourists watched her as she fed cats.

Koster also read a humorous tribute to her ex-mother-in-law.

“Geez, these people would probably fry a peanut butter and jelly sandwich if you’d let them,” Koster said, referencing her former mother-in-law’s disdain for her cooking.

English instructor Mary Martin read a reminiscent piece about her dogs finding marbles buried in her yard and her inspiration to play the game to capture the feelings she had when she played the game as a child.

The event concluded with heart-felt poems by English instructor Evelyne Weeks about her experiences in Louisiana, where drug addicts would cut lines of cocaine on old picture frames with vivid imagery.

“Someone pulled a blade across a young girl’s face as I learned to hate the city,” said Weeks referring to one of the photographs in the picture frames.

Each one of these poems was met with a flurry of snaps from the audience, expressing their approval.

“We have a talented faculty,” Muller said. “This event gives students a new way to see their professors.”

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