Love triumphs at Valentine’s reading

By Nathan Ress

Assistant Features Editor

This past Thursday, 11 February, was the 6th annual Love is a Battlefield literature reading presented by the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society here at Canisius College. The event came in honor of the Valentine’s season and pitted lovers against bitter cynics in a literary showdown. There were two separate podiums, one for each side of the argument, and at the end of the event, the number of readers at each podium was tallied, ending in a victory for the lovers.

The event was very well attended and featured readings of both original and previously published works by students and faculty. Such readings included poetry by Quadrangle Editor-in-Chief Nicole Kuhn, Sigma Tau Delta advisor Dr. Gregorek, and junior Sarah Pozzuto and prose by junior Alex Segelhurst, senior Kyle Ferrara, and English professor Dr. Desiderio, with scripture by Fr. Tunney. All focused on issues of the heart, though Gregorek’s piece was a “hate poem” by Sylvia Plath. Of the 16 total readers, nine read for the side of love while seven broken hearted individuals argued against.

Assistant professor of English, poet, and novelist Janet McNally ‘02 confidently approached the love podium with a stiff hand against anti-love, claiming that the last time that she read for anti-love was her first reading at a Love is a Battlefield event, when she was pregnant with twins five years ago. Though, she claimed there was no correlation between her state and her decision to read on that side. Reading a Pablo Neruda poem, “Sonnet 17” from his collection of a hundred, McNally called to turn the tide against then-ahead anti-love, feeding the heated rivalry between the two podiums.

Standing in opposition was junior Alex Segelhurst who read for the anti-love podium. Segelhurst opted for an abridged version of “The Man Who Loved Flowers,” by Stephen King. The piece featured a young man searching in vain for his lover, and unable to find her, embarking upon a spree of brutal murders with a hammer.

After the formal list of readers was exhausted, three more stepped for an open mic, including alumnus Connor Walters, a Master’s of Social Work student at the University of Buffalo, junior Olivia Morello, and Griffin Opinion Contributor Branwyn Wilkinson.

This literary event kicks off the spring semester with many events to follow. The next event will be a literary scavenger hunt presented by both Sigma Tau Delta and Quadrangle literary magazine. It will be held 18 February at 3:00pm in the Canisius library. The event will be a final push for Quadrangle submissions as the following day, 19 February, is the final submission deadline for Quadrangle. A further list of English department events can be found on their Facebook page.

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