Roses are red, violets are blue, students, faculty and poetry lovers gathered to read from the Windward Review, as the publication celebrated the release of ts 16th volume.
The event that featured the authors in the new edition reading from their works followed by an open mic for those who wanted to share their creative writing. It was held on Sep. 13 in the University Center.
The Windward Review is an international literary journal that features writers who have a passion for words and expression. Coordinating Director of the Creative Writing Department, Robin Carstensen hosted the evening. Managing Editor of the review is Senior English major Rebeckah Bluestein who presented everyone that participated in open mic.
Many types of poems such as limericks, narratives and free-verse were presented to the audience. Countless poems emotionally gripped the listeners, stories varying from heritage backgrounds (John Meza’s “Chicano”) to first impressions of Corpus Christi (“Why Would Anyone Want to Live Here?” by Kathryn De Wesse).
Authors who participated in the open mic expressed their art by telling their different experiences and emotions, all while projecting beautifully written passages from the heart.
“I think the poems shared during open mic artfully orchestrate how even with different life experiences and backgrounds,” said graduate Lee Vinson. “We share commonality and solidarity in human emotions. It is for that reason I chose to share the poems of Rosario Castellanos that evening rather than my own.”
Vinson, who graduated May of 2018 with a Bachelor’s in English and designed the illustration for the 16th edition cover of the Windward Review, still writes and presents her poetry since it’s one of her biggest passions.
“As a Chicana,” said Vinson, “sharing spoken word, written poetry, is honoring not only oral traditions but appreciating the barriers that have been shattered, the paths that have been built for Latina women, and the Chicano/a community as a whole. I believe that’s why literary journals like The Windward Review and the Switchgrass Review exist today.”
One poem that focuses on self-love is an untitled piece by freshman, Zoey Loya. Loya wants to graduate with an expertise in cinema and film studies but also wants to make sure she still has time to dedicate to her creative writing.
Untitled by Zoe Loya
“If people have the time to stop and stare,
You’re worth of your time, so don’t be scared.
You have potential, you have the means,
To be something that beats the breeze.
You run like fire and you sing like the wind,
Oxygen flows from outside, and within.
You’re a work of art, a favorite noun,
An explosion of mystical and beautiful sound.
A masterpiece, risen from the ground, it’s you
And when the day is hot and new,
And the thoughts you’ve thought of are hardly being used.
When you feel the most hypocritical,
Just know: Life is a maze, and Love is a riddle.
If both can be solved, so can you.
So take a deep breath, take in the view.”