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Soapbox Poetry presents “Vernum Poesis” April 6-June 1

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Journalism Instructor Bill Florence was eight years old when he found himself an audience member of a poetry reading by four-time Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Frost.

Bill, whose inaugural Soapbox Poetry performance “Poems I learned While Mending a Wall in New England,” draws inspiration from this experience.

“The title references an experience I had traveling through New England, listening to Robert Frost recite some of his poems while sitting on a stone wall in Burlington, Vermont. I wish that I had a better recollection of the experience, but I did read a lot of Frost in the ensuing years.”

Soapbox Poetry, a series hosted by the English and Humanities department, features readings by faculty and staff from 12-12:20 pm in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery.

This term, Soapbox Poetry presents “Vernum Poesis” with readings by-

  • April 6- Steve Slemenda “Easter Monday: Post-Lenten Poems”
  • April 20- Bill Florence “Poems I learned While Mending a Wall in New England”
  • May 4- Donna Bernhisel “Find out why we call them animals”
  • May 18- Chrys Tobey “If only, If only, If only: longing in poetry”
  • June 1- Deborah Trousdale “Ut pictura poesis?”

 

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