On Thursday, Sigma Tau Delta and The English Club hosted a poetry slam at Worlds End Cafe for any students interested in participating, allowing students to read any self-written poem.
According to Sigma Tau Delta president Victoria Gore, every Thursday of the week the organization meets at Worlds End to not only discuss happenings within and for the organization, but to host recreational events, such as games and readings allowing interactivity within the group.
The first member to read was Carly Trepagnier. One of her poems read, titled “Pietrasanta,” was inspired by her visit to a church in the Italian city it was named after.
According to Trepagnier, there were two murals depicting heaven and hell within the church and her poem is a reaction to seeing it.
Member Marley Stuart also read a set of poems he called “no-named poems,” as well as a poem that was published in the English Department’s Manchac Review, titled “Ekphrastic.”
According to Stuart, Ekphrastic is a poem written in reaction to a work of art. The particular poem, “Ekphrastic,” is his response to the Chef’s Evening hosted at Southeastern and his table of petit fours.
Gore had also read a series of Haiku poems that she called “silly Haiku.” Some of the poems were inspired by places she has visited, such diners and restaurants, while others are written about fellow Sigma Tau Delta members.
Austin Payne, member of Sigma Tau Delta, also read humorous Haiku poetry that evoked laughs from the audience. Some of which he dedicated his thoughts on travel trailers.
Other readings included one by the editor of the recently released issue of Manchac Review, Justin Greer, reading a poem published in the Manchac Review titled “Evolve, Nigger” by Ashley Williams, and a poem read by English instructor Chris Genre.
English Club member Steve Savoie said that he enjoyed the poetry slam and that it was “honestly too hard to pick a favorite,” because each one was entertaining.
Mary Mocsary, English professor, agreed with Savoie saying that she thoroughly enjoyed the readings. “There is a lot of talent here,” said Mocsary. “They are bonded and they really like to do this.”
Tony Button, Mocsary’s husband said that the readings were very good and it was an enjoyable evening.
“I love listening, but could never write anything,” said Savoie
On April 23, Sigma Tau Delta will have a Shakespeare Table in the Student Union writing poems for any student interested.