(Photo by Angelo Pacheco)

by Christine Urio

Although April is National Poetry Month, Mount Saint Mary College’s new club, Essence of Poetry, celebrates this literary tradition every week.

This newest edition to campus was created to provide an environment where individuals can freely express themselves through written and spoken word, showing appreciation for poetry as an art form.

“I was aware of other talented poets on campus, and was encouraged to pursue the establishment of a club,” said President Angelo Pacheco.

The main goal of the club is to promote the unification of all poets, musicians, lyricists, other artists, and admirers of poetry.

“Lyrics are a form of poetry because they have expressions and they are an art form as well,” Pacheco said, “I truly hope to gain exposure for not just myself, but for the talented poets throughout the campus…An awareness and recognition of these gifted poets in the campus setting is my goal. The club wants to promote and create an atmosphere similar to colleges that have great poetry club traditions.”

Those clubs have become embedded in the college atmosphere, tending to be admired by students throughout campus.

“Our club’s goal is similar,” he said. “We want it to become a movement just like the other successive campuses.”

The club has large aspirations for its future and wants to achieve this through co-sponsorships.

“We were fortunate to establish events that are being co-sponsored with Different Stages, Improvology, Knight Notes, and Literary Society,” he said.

“I’m excited to see us grow and where we are going to go,” said Secretary Tammy Quinones.  “Our President, Angelo, has pitched great ideas and I can’t wait to see the new members join us.”

The club’s first event is September 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Knight Spot where there will be live readings and performances. A similar event will take place on November 22nd at the same time and location.

“We are also in the process of establishing a ‘Fall Poetry Slam,’” Pacheco said.  “This will highlight every poet from the club and display many styles of poetry.”

The club participated in the college’s Poetry Slam last spring, contributing original pieces.

“It was truly successful and we hope to continue this trend of successive Poetry Slam events,” he said.

“The talent we have on campus is amazing. I am glad to be part of a group who are enthusiastic about their writing,” said Vice President Dharamhet Singh.

However, the club is not just for writers, but also for those who appreciate poetry.

“Though I’m not a big writer, sitting in on the events at the poetry readings is a really good feeling, especially hearing all the different types of poetry,” Singh said.

Essence of Poetry meets every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. in the Dominican Center Green Room.  All are welcome to attend meetings and are encouraged to join.