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Living the poet society

Poets Francesca Bell (left) and Moira Magneson (right) discuss their poetry styles and techniques between readings Thursday, March 10 in the Student Center. ||Jack Remson|| [email protected]

To some people, poetry may sound boring, tedious and too serious. Some may even envision a room full of males who bicker and recite Shakespeare like the young men in “Dead Poets Society”.

However, to others, poetry can be everything. It can be inspirational, it can hit nerves in all the right spots or even heal emotional wounds.

The Learning Resource Center presented a morning of poetry readings by Moira Magneson, an English professor at City College, and guest poet Francesca Bell on March 10.

“I wished I was a pilot, but I must write,” said Magneson declaring her love for writing.

The two women started the event by reciting some of their published poetry filled with honesty and graphic descriptions.

Magneson recited a piece called “Magnitude 7.1” describing her experience in the 1989 Bay Area earthquake, from her collection of poems “He Drank Because”.
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The audience of about 50 sat in their seats in awe, shocked by Magneson’s descriptions of raining bricks.

Following Magneson, Bell charmed the audience with her warm heart and outrageously graphic poems about her childhood.

“I love the writing,” Bell said. “I feel like I can’t get enough of it.”

Poetry believe it or not, can be honest, funny and downright extraordinary.

“The key to writing poetry is to get as close as you can to the subject you are writing about,” Magneson said.

Some people may cringe when the word poetry slips into a conversation, but those who understand the honesty in it, embrace the subject, for better or for worse.

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