A Recap of SLS’ First “Evening of Poetry”

Grace McKessy '20, Staff Writer

Students and teachers are raving about the success of St. Luke’s first “Evening of Poetry,” which took place on February 5.

The night’s schedule was filled with readings from over thirty student poets and a handful of teachers as well. After hot cider and cookies in the cafe and a short introduction from Mr. Flachsbart, it was the students’ time to take the podium in the beautiful, new library.

The poems showcased by both students and faculty encompassed a wide range of themes and moods. The night certainly provided a platform for students to express their emotions for an enthusiastic audience of teachers, parents, siblings, and peers.

After Laura and Ruth Mercedes ‘20 shared personal poems – one about an adored pet goldfish and another about taking late-night showers – their mother was invited to the podium! She recited a short, original poem from memory, truly bringing the night full circle in terms of its connection to the broader SLS community.

English teacher Ms. Walsh read “Wild Geese,” a poem by Mary Oliver, as a tribute to the famous poet who recently passed. Mr. James and Mr. Flachsbart, also members of the English Department, supplemented the night by sharing personal pieces. Mr. Flachsbart’s witty dedication to his treasured tie clip and Mr. James’s heartfelt reflection on his grandfather offered a new perspective into the beloved teachers’ lives.

Middle school math teacher Mr. Blau showed that the poets among our faculty are not limited to the English Department; he shared two beautiful original poems filled with striking imagery.

Finally, to close the incredible night, Cierra Kitt ‘19 played the piano and sang “It’s Quiet Uptown” from the hit broadway musical Hamilton.

As a result of the immense success of the night, the English Department already has another plan in the works for a springtime poetry reading…so watch out and get writing!