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An Evening with Poets

It’s events like this that always bring out the elders, the faculty, the staff and other odd members of the community. They almost overpower and overbear the students. Even the new alumni, who drifted away for the summer and found their way back, manage to show. 

Fancy shirts and seemingly intelligent conversation overflows. 

A practically full room. Just a few white spots of chairs open. A recent graduate steps up to speak, to introduce the one I’ve known for almost three years, my advisor, G-Hawk. 

"Nothing is there without intentionality. That is what we all can learn from Gary Hawkins," says the tall, thin former student with a sharp swoop to his hair and a certain fuzz to his orange sweater. 

G-Hawk stands, his smartly dressed frame, a staple of his persona. He speaks low and distinctly as if the delivery is more important than the words. He moves through his collection of poetry with an overtly steady pace.

Night descends outside the glass windows but we all stay transfixed in the hotel lobbies, soccer fields, grand staircases and midwinter sunlight G-Hawk keeps us lost in. 

Hands clap in unison after a tidy set of G-Hawk’s poetry. A man called Olzmann introduces Ross Gay, the poet I know nothing of but I’m still supposed to be impressed by.

"His poems explore the many facets of what it means to be human," says Olzmann of the man. 

Gay is tall with black curly hair and an impressive goatee. His red t-shirt hangs off his large frame. His body moves with the words that escape his lips. Rocking side to side. Hands up. Hands down. 

Chuckles emerge throughout the room as Gay speaks about being almost naked in front of his best friends sister. 

His voice rises and falls. A perfect conductor for the highs and lows within his words. His poems praise the ordinary and mundane such as ‘ode to buttoning and unbuttoning my shirt’. 

Inbetween his poems he interjects, giving background to the words and to spout bits of comic relief. There is undeniable reality in his poems, not so loft and metaphorical that a fiction/non fiction writer like myself zones out. 

There are poems about feet, birds shitting, and ants devouring old fruit. Yet in all of these there is a comedic and harrowing insight about life. Gay digs deep into the secret desires, insecurities and visions we all have running through out minds as we go about our day to day business. 

And to me this is what Gay understands and exposes within his poetry, that there is no ordinary. Within everything we perceive to be ordinary there is almost always a trace of the extraordinary, always shades of love and pain. And these ordinary things we brush off as nothing of any consequence are actually the things that weave together to create the fabric of the human soul, with all its moments of joy, love, pain, hilarity, torture and longing. 

The last poem is about Fig Trees and when it reaches the end, loud clapping goes and goes. An appreciative crowd. 

"Thanks for coming everyone!" Heather from the library quips and just like that the night is done. 

Written By Grace Hatton During the October 15th Poetry Reading on Campus. 


Seeking Break Workers and People with Cool Tattoos for New Speech Patterns

It’s the beginning of a new semester here at Wilson and as always the Echo staff is on the look out for new stories. Reverb is joining in the fun by creating a new speech pattern series and reviving an old one. First of all we are looking for student break workers (whether they be summer, winter, spring or thanksgiving) with interesting stories about life on campus when you’re working vs living the triad. 
So if you have a funny, interesting or just weird story you’d like to share about your experience as a break worker on campus please message us and we will get back to you asap about setting up a speech pattern interview.
The speech pattern series we are reviving is the Tattoo series. The tattoo series was started a year ago by our editor, Grace Hatton, who is fascinated by interesting looking tattoos but even more interested by the stories behind them. We post a photo of the tattoo along with a fun quick audio clip that describes the story behind the tattoo. If you have a kick ass tattoo that you love or hate that also happens to have an interesting story behind it, we’d love to talk about it with you. Again if you’re interested in doing a quick, less than ten minutes, speech pattern for Reverb just shoot us a quick message. 
Thank you in advance for helping to make Reverb awesome by participating in a speech pattern series and in turn helping us to celebrate all the amazing individuals that call Warren Wilson home. 

P.S - FYI being interviewed for a Reverb speech pattern makes you a feel at least a little famous so that’s something to look forward too. 
P.P.S - Unfortunately the Echo office does not have a bedazzled microphone (like the one in the photo) to use for recording speech patterns, but it’d be pretty great if we did. 

Seeking Break Workers and People with Cool Tattoos for New Speech Patterns

It’s the beginning of a new semester here at Wilson and as always the Echo staff is on the look out for new stories. Reverb is joining in the fun by creating a new speech pattern series and reviving an old one. First of all we are looking for student break workers (whether they be summer, winter, spring or thanksgiving) with interesting stories about life on campus when you’re working vs living the triad.

So if you have a funny, interesting or just weird story you’d like to share about your experience as a break worker on campus please message us and we will get back to you asap about setting up a speech pattern interview.

The speech pattern series we are reviving is the Tattoo series. The tattoo series was started a year ago by our editor, Grace Hatton, who is fascinated by interesting looking tattoos but even more interested by the stories behind them. We post a photo of the tattoo along with a fun quick audio clip that describes the story behind the tattoo. If you have a kick ass tattoo that you love or hate that also happens to have an interesting story behind it, we’d love to talk about it with you. Again if you’re interested in doing a quick, less than ten minutes, speech pattern for Reverb just shoot us a quick message.

Thank you in advance for helping to make Reverb awesome by participating in a speech pattern series and in turn helping us to celebrate all the amazing individuals that call Warren Wilson home.

P.S - FYI being interviewed for a Reverb speech pattern makes you a feel at least a little famous so that’s something to look forward too.


P.P.S - Unfortunately the Echo office does not have a bedazzled microphone (like the one in the photo) to use for recording speech patterns, but it’d be pretty great if we did.