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"Polaris" celebrates Valentine's Day with Rapid Fire Reading

The annual Valentine's Day Rapid Fire Reading event treated students to love poems and original pieces. Sophomore creative writing major Matthew Haase presented an original poem, a rarity for the fiction writer. (Northern Review photo/Dominic Turnea)

The annual Valentine's Day Rapid Fire Reading event treated students to love poems and original pieces. Sophomore creative writing major Matthew Haase presented an original poem, a rarity for the fiction writer. (Northern Review photo/Dominic Turnea)

Valentine’s Day is a time for romance, chocolate, and rapid fire reading. On Feb. 14 Ohio Northern’s undergraduate literary journal, "Polaris," hosted its annual Valentine’s Day Rapid Fire Reading event in the Elzay Gallery of Art. With a large crowd and a variety of Valentine’s Day treats, students and faculty members were able to listen to various "Polaris" staff members read works about love. Some of the pieces performed included original poetry, fiction and song lyrics. 

Many of the students brought original works to present. Freshmen creative writing major Olivia D’Agostino, for example, presented a hand-written original poem receiving applause from the audience in attendance.  Senior creative writing major Emily Walkerow also presented an original short story that had audience members aghast and bursting into laughter with its clever prose and humorous ending. Junior literature major Kelley Lewis presented an original poem discussing the feeling of being burned by love and betrayal. Within her poem she recites, “It’s more than just a brand; it’s your signature.” Below is a clip of Lewis’s piece:

 

While many students presented works, faculty members in ONU's Department of English, Lisa Robeson and Jennifer Moore, also read at the event. Robeson presented a reading from U.A. Fanthorpe’s work titled “Not my Best Side,” a poem inspired by an oil canvas by Paolo Uccello titled “St. George and the Dragon.” The painting tells the story of a knight slaying the dragon in front of the fair maiden, while the poem presents a humorous first-person narrative of the painting, as told by the dragon, the maiden and the knight.

Moore presented a love poem, in which the performance can be seen here: 

Although the Rapid Fire Reading events are finished for the 2016-17 academic school year, students and the ONU community can still look forward to hearing more from "Polaris" in the upcoming semester. With future events and the upcoming release of the 2017 literary magazine, students will be able to get their hands on the newest edition that staff members are working on producing.   

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