brings flowers, abundant sunlight, and the poetic urge. Here
are excerpts from verses that Chicago students recited this
Marco Maisto, a fourth-year English concentrator, presented
this original poem at Columbia College's City-Wide Undergraduate
Poetry Reading on April 12:
simply begins that way. Indirectly / heard soma or wildflower
totally distributing / the waking of your speech and the rock
of / sudden geologies between who we were. A soap opera will
not clean us from the high / petals fanning, the fallen pollen
enumerating / milk crates which are suspiciously holding milk."
("gathering" in Korean), a student group that translates
Korean poetry into English, read works at its annual Coffeehouse
on April 10 including this piece by Korean poet Yu Ha:
the morning paper on the subway my heart suddenly skipped
a beat / The deceased dictator was giving me an unavoidable
stare / Sitting with such an air of authority After collecting
myself / I realized that it was an advertisement for digestive
medicine featuring / An actor who got his break for his uncanny
resemblance to the dictator / I've dealt with an ulcer myself
for a couple of months so I know / That nothing beats Mylanta
on an upset stomach"
Walk in the Woods"
First-year Sapna Thottathil, a runner-up in the annual poetry
contest sponsored by the University's Environ- mental Center,
presented her poem at the center's Earth Day dinner on April
sit in the sun / with eyes closed my body aware of / every
/ breath / emotions rise / what has come? / gone? / There
are green pines / growing in the woods. / Do they care / about
/ my / life?"