Although I wasn’t able to be there in person, watching Joe speak from the live stream was really cool. I liked being able to hear him read his poems for the second time; Joe seems like such a down-to-earth person who is truly passionate about poetry. I didn’t realize how connected he was to Eulalia Books so hearing that bit of backstory was interesting. One of the most important things I took away from his words was when he said, “voices come alive when they are heard” and that it is an “honest connection”. This really resonated with me, especially since on Ursuline campus right now, we are having trouble getting new voices into our own magazine Inscape. I feel like a lot of people don’t realize how powerful voices truly are and everyone has the right and deserves the right to speak up. Joe also mentioned how we must put the Humanities to work which is extremely vital not only on college campuses but in the business industry as a whole.
Even if you’re not a big fan of poetry, it is still playing an important role in literature and I think it has grown in popularity quite a bit. Joe told us that we must listen with the ear of our heart; I thought that this statement was beautiful. I think listening with your heart not only applies to poetry but to life in general. If we all simply listened to the chatter around us rather than starting arguments and controversies, we could get somewhere. I think the way Joe reads his poetry demands that we listen; a lot of poetry is read as if it were a novel rather than slowed down with pauses like its meant to be read.
I wish I would have been closer to Saint Vincent to be able to physically participate in the activities and the excursions but nonetheless, I feel like I learned things. I haven’t quite figured out what I want to do with my life, but I know I want to go into publishing because I love books. I don’t plan on being heavily involved in poetry as of right now but who knows? I think it was cool that this course was designed around poetry because I learned new skills to add to the ones I already have. As the editor-in-chief of my own schools’ magazine, I know how hard it is and how much time it takes to put a publication together. There is so much to consider outside of the physical magazine itself. Although it is a long and frustrating process at times, it is well worth the work. This course was fun, and I liked being able to do projects/posts on things I was interested in within the realm of literature.