By: Allyson Rodrigues
On Friday night, November 19th, Sigma Delta Pi and students from Spanish 431 held an “Evening of Poetry.” The night consisted of students and faculty reading or performing poetry. However unbeknownst to me, all of the poems were spoken in Spanish. This was quite a surprise to me at first but I embraced it and was ready to call upon all my years of Spanish classes to help me through.
The event was slated to begin at 6:00 p.m. but at 6:30 people were still milling about enjoying the refreshments. Around 40 to 50 people filled Wilden Galleria to enjoy the night of poetry. A guitar player took the stage, which was decorated with green and white tulle, and played the audience a song before the event got underway.
There were two projectors up and when a performer took the stage, the title of the poem, who wrote it, and their name was displayed. Some of the poems words would be displayed and some had pictures that corresponded with the poem displayed.
Professor Marcela Rojas welcomed the audience and then the evening of poetry began. I unfortunately did not understand many of the poems since they were all in Spanish. However, the second poem entitled, “Piececitos” had the words in English displayed on the screens. “Piececitos” which is in English means, “little feet” was performed by Rachel Burnett. Music was playing softly behind her as she read her poem about children who are starving. Images of sick children and facts were also displayed throughout the reading. It was a very touching poem.
The rest of the night consisted of students either reading their poem or dancing. One performer danced to “La Guitarra” and another performer read a poem while others danced while she read. I do wish I understood what the poems were about but nonetheless it was beautiful evening. It was a different experience to sit in a room and listen but not understand. It was a low key event and I appreciated the art and creativity being expressed around me.