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Second-Person Prevails in Pagel’s Occult, Political Poetry

Second-Person Prevails in Pagel’s Occult, Political Poetry

Julia Peterson, Production editor
May 5, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Literature & Poetry

There is something haunting about Caryl Pagel’s poetry — and it’s not just the gravestones that frequently appear in her work. Pagel’s writing is heavily steeped in the occult and references to Gothic literature, which she weaves into poetry that is both lyrical and feminist. In addition to h...

Poetry Picks

Poetry Picks

Izzy Rosenstein, This Week editor
April 14, 2017
Filed under THIS WEEK

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Intersectional Comedian D’Lo Brings Variety Show to Oberlin

Intersectional Comedian D’Lo Brings Variety Show to Oberlin

Daniel Markus, Arts editor
February 24, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Literature & Poetry, Recent Stories

A unique blend of stand-up comedy, poetry and storytelling awaits guests at the Cat in the Cream Sunday as actor and comedian D’Lo brings his touring variety show, D’FaQTo Life (pronounced “de facto”) to Oberlin. The show will be his first in Oberlin since 2013, when he performed as part of Co...

Slow Train Hosts Romantic Annual Multilingual Poetry Event

Slow Train Hosts Romantic Annual Multilingual Poetry Event

Katie Lucey
February 17, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Features, Literature & Poetry

Some say that love is a universal language. This idea was explored Monday evening at Love in Many Tongues, a multilingual poetry reading at Slow Train Cafe. The Oberlin Center for Languages and Cultures organizes Love in Many Tongues each year as a way to promote the dozen languages offered at Oberli...

Fang First Femme of Color to Win Howell Poetry Prize

Fang First Femme of Color to Win Howell Poetry Prize

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
May 6, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

College senior Dana Fang won this year’s annual Emma Howell Memorial Poetry Contest, awarded by Oberlin’s Creative Writing department. Fang is both the first femme of color and the first Asian-American poet to win the prize, which honors Creative Writing and Comparative Literature major Emma Howell,...

Nautical Poetry Tells Tale of Hurricane Sandy

Matías Berretta, Staff Writer
April 1, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Chair of the Creative Writing Program Kazim Ali began a poetry reading by Margaret Ross and Robin Beth Schaer on March 10 by asking those in attendance if they recognized the metrical pattern of the radiator’s rhythmic banging — a trochaic beat. This was a fitting observation, as both Ross and S...

Multimedia Poet Taps into Subconscious Realms

Multimedia Poet Taps into Subconscious Realms

Matías Berretta, Staff Writer
March 11, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Recent Stories

Poetry has long existed as a multimedia art form. Homeric poems, for example, used to be performed with musical accompaniment. The relationship between poetry and other art forms was evident last Thursday in Dye Lecture Hall when New York-based performance poet Adeena Karasick wowed the students present...

Smith’s Poetry a Bible Verse, Queer Anthem

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
March 11, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Slam Poet Danez Smith, hailing from St. Paul, MN, opened their performance at the Cat in the Cream Saturday with “Genesissy,” a piece that was part Bible verse, part hymn and part queer anthem. They balanced humorous lines like, “And on the tenth day, God wore a blood-red sequin body suit, dropped...

Poetry Promotes Honesty, Reveals Feelings

CJ Blair, Columnist
February 26, 2016
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

“Poetry is more than just words in a strange order, CJ.” These were the words of my uncle, a well-known poet in my hometown, after reading my earliest attempts at poetry. I had written a handful of poems in high school but didn’t start writing in earnest until I decided to try and enter Oberli...

OSLAM Switches Focus with Love-Centric Slam

OSLAM Switches Focus with Love-Centric Slam

Max Van Cooper
February 19, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

The night before Valentine’s Day, the Cat in the Cream filled with excited OSLAM fans. The large audience spilled onto the floor; friends huddled in from the cold with coffee and cookies. OSLAM is best known for its gripping political and emotional poetry, but the group’s Feb. 13 performance focused...

WITS Poetry Residencies Expand

WITS Poetry Residencies Expand

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
December 4, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Features, Literature & Poetry, Recent Stories

Seventh-grader Leo Carter read his poem “Sequoia Trees” at the Langston Middle School poetry reading and book launch at the Cat in the Cream Monday. “So tall, it looks like they could / shishkabob the sky. So wide, / the shadow is like an eclipse / over the ground,” Carter read. His poem, part...

McCrae Depicts Survival, Self-Doubt Through Verse

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
November 13, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry

Director of the Creative Writing Program Kazim Ali and Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Shane McCrae gave a reading together at Afrikan Heritage House on Thursday, Nov. 5 that featured works from their new books, both published this year. McCrae, who went first, read the poem “How You Are...

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