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Polaris' annual Valentine's Day Rapid Fire Reading demonstrates many emotions in literature

Valentine's Day treats served at the rapid fire. (photo/ONU English)

Valentine's Day treats served at the rapid fire. (photo/ONU English)

“Polaris,” Ohio Northern University’s undergraduate literary magazine, hosted its annual Valentine’s Day Rapid Fire Reading on February 10. Traditionally, a rapid fire reading is an event in which audience members have the opportunity to read poetry and short fiction under five minutes.

Before the readings began, “Polaris” staff members hosted a reception with Valentine’s Day-themed treats. This year’s event was a little different due to the current art display in the Elzay Gallery of Art. The seating was cozier, with seats situated in a circle, which added to the overall atmosphere of love.   

Readers chose personal selections of poetry, song lyrics and short stories. These selections could be ones that the readers personally wrote, or those that just mean a great deal to the reader. The tales each reader chose to share expressed happiness and sorrow. 

Kasy Long, a junior creative writing major and Production Manager for “Polaris,” read two selections from Emily Dickinson, her favorite poet. Each work expressed different views on love.  

“It was fun, I enjoyed reading the work. Even though it was personal to me, it was nice to share my love for Dickinson with my fellow students and professors,” Long explains.

Because the chosen stories and poems are from the readers’ personal selections, the works undoubtedly expressed the readers’ emotions of love, sadness and woe. Each selection was different. This shows the varying emotions people can feel and express when it comes to love and Valentine’s Day.

Additional readers include: Noah Ashley (reading a Neil Gaiman short story); Rachel Cruea (reading Warsan Shire poetry); Dr. Margaret Cullen (reading a poem accompanied with a small presentation); Ricki Ervin (reading original poetry); Katie Kuchefski (reading “10 Things I Hate About You”); Dr. Jennifer Moore (reading “Poetry is Stupid and I Want to Die”); Erika Mortimer (reading original poetry); and, Landon Wayne (reading poetry).

Not only do the rapid fire readings help to bring literature, reading and writing to life, they allow for the readers to confess their feelings in a less direct way. 


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