October 8, 2007
October 3 Law School Poetry Reading Attracts Nearly 100 Attendees
Wednesday, October 3, the University of Oregon School of Law held its second annual Fall Poetry Reading in the Wayne Morse Commons of the Knight Law Center. Some students and faculty read works by favorite poets, ranging from the 14th Sufi master Hafiz (read by Amber Munger ’08) to former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove (read by Emily Farrell ’09) and Russian poet Sergei Yesenin (read in the original by Prof. Svetlana Kravchenko). Others read their own work. Nearly 100 students attended the event, held during the law school’s one-hour lunch break. Garrett Epps, Orlando John & Marian H. Hollis Professor of Law, explained that he and a few students organized the event—the second the Law School has held—in order to —let students and faculty relate to each other as equals, and bring out the artist in language that lurks inside many, many lawyers without finding public expression.—
The original poems read ran the gamut, from a lyrical evocation of an Oregon landscape read by Admissions Dean Larry Seno Jr. to a romantic ode, —A Winter’s Eve,— by Ellie Price, ’10. Professor Michael Moffit read —False Starts,— a short poem that renders seven evocative variations on the infamous first line, —There was a young girl from Nantucket,— and closed with the stanza, —There once was a girl from Nantucket/Who wished she were from somewhere else.— Samantha Evans ’09 recited what she called a —non-poem— about a road rage incident in her native Grant’s Pass. Epps, who has been writing poetry for years but who published a poem for the first time late last year, read —Orpheus in Miami,— which re-imagines the famous musician of myth as a retired man who resents having to talk about how he failed to lead his wife Eurydice out of hell.
In all, 13 volunteers read their own work or that of others, beginning with Dean Margaret Paris, who read a poem by the 20th Century American poet Elizabeth Coatsworth. Paris also contributed a do-it-yourself ice-cream buffet for poets and onlookers alike.
By Garrett Epps
Samantha Evans ’09 recites her “non-poem” at the Law School’s Fall Poetry reading Wednesday, October 3, 2007.
Associate Professor Michael Moffitt reads his poem, “False Starts,” at the Law School’s Fall Poetry reading Wednesday, October 3, 2007.
Torie Klein ’09 reads her poem, —Challenge Me,— at the Law School’s Fall Poetry reading Wednesday, October 3, 2007.
Professor Garrett Epps reads his poem “Orpheus in Miami” at the Law School’s Fall Poetry reading Wednesday, October 3, 2007.
Ellie Price ’10 reads her poem, —A Winter’s Eve,— at the Law School’s Fall Poetry reading Wednesday, October 3, 2007.