By Chelsey Shannon
The emphasis K College places on travel and global community was evident in last Monday’s poetry SIP presentations, as poems took the audience around the world to New Orleans, Costa Rica, Montana, Thailand and Detroit. Due to high projected attendance, the event was held in Hicks Banquet Hall instead of Humphrey House Lounge.
Seniors Hallie Hinkhouse, Ada McCartney, Drew Parker, John Craig, Maggie Jackson, Tyrice Fitzpatrick and Genevieve Leet read from their SIP poetry collections; topics ranged from sex and pregnancy to family and legacy, from travel and community to race and death.
Each poet had a distinct reading style, and emotions ran the gamut from anger, to grief, to embarrassment—the audience laughed during one poem and snapped and hummed thoughtfully with the next.
It was evident the poets were beginning to master their field in the carefulness of their language, the uniqueness of their style and their experimentation with various poetic forms, including free verse, glosa, sonnet, ghazal, persona poems and abecedarius. The Rage-aholics Reading, regardless of the sentiment referenced in the event’s title, was nothing short of a treat.