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Poetry on the Oval

 Dan McFalls, Claudia Heymach, Ben Bravo, and the Burghers of Calais listen to Albert Gehami's reading.

Above: Albert Gehami recites to the Burghers of Calais, while Dan McFalls, Claudia Heymach, and Ben Bravo (left to right) strike poses. / A. Waterman

The inaugural Oct. 1 "Poetry on the Oval" became "Poetry all over Campus" as we minstrels, numbering almost a dozen, wandered in search of willing ears. We found the Burghers of Calais most interested in our assembly, and conversed with them for as long as they would hear us. We had much jollity and levity, but one of our friends who usually does a reading of Allen Ginsberg's "A Supermarket in California" with jazz accompaniment on iPhone could not make it this time and was sorely missed. We hope he will grace us with it when we do poetry out loud again. 

Dan McFalls reads from Chaucer's Troilus and Cressida - in the original Middle English.Mirae Lee recites poetry by Mark Doty.

Above left: Dan McFalls reads a passage from Chaucer's "Troilus and Cressida" in the original Middle English. Above right: Mirae Lee reads a poem by Mark Doty. / A. Waterman

A few highlights: Jimmy Daly gave an impassioned reading of "Los heraldos negros" (The Black Messengers), by renowned Peruvian poet César Vallejo. We had several stylized readings of spoken word poetry, including Ben Bravo's rendering of George Watsky's "Tiny Glowing Screens (pt.2)." Dan McFalls impressed with a passage in Middle English from Geoffrey Chaucer's "Troilus and Cressida." Neel Kasmalkar read his own work, titled "The Cloud of the Bear."
 
We were happy to take up the "scatter" method from the LSJUMB, and believe that the similarly rhythmic and spontaneous performance of poetry must offer a similarly healthful and morally improving experience to watching The Stanford Band.
 
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Mirae Lee, Albert Gehami, and Ben Bravo react to Dan McFalls' reading of a passage in Middle English from "Troilus and Cressida."
 
Left to right: Mirae Lee, Albert Gehami, and Ben Bravo react to Dan McFalls' reading of a passage in Middle English from "Troilus and Cressida." / A. Waterman