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Senior Class Poet Contestant, Christi Danner: Hullabaloo

Christi-DannerTo honor the University’s Senior-Class-Poet contestants and to commemorate National Poetry Month, the Library is publishing contestants’ poems on Falvey’s blog. The Library also has created posters for the contestants’ poems, which are displayed throughout the first floor.

Each spring semester, all seniors are encouraged to enter the Senior-Class-Poet Contest. The Department of English will announce the 2013 Senior-Class Poet later this semester.

……………Hullabaloo

……….by Christi Danner

our argyle eyes and two hands full of dust:

all we had.

and Silence. Silence that cramped

against ‘Moderne White’ painted plaster

into ‘Downy Gray’ sooted corners

and had to stick its elbows and feet out the windows

of our assembly line house.

………..[ if you look long enough into the void

…………and decorate it and dust it every Monday

…………the void begins to look back through you ]

…………we named it Fred.

mornings were streaming sunlight and its sticky skin

and playing possum under ‘Haven Green’ paisley sheets.

we spent our days like dogs in heat and our nights

…………orphans

one Saturday afternoon, in January, maybe,

(the month of sleet and gift receipts and whiskey)

we dropped a “Carnival Orange” lit match

on the hardwood kitchen floor.

…………our lips met

…………soft

…………melting

…………in the undulating haze and heat and

…………alien orange world

…………of raw throats and roasted eyes.

there we gave birth

to our remains.

…………we left the scene, our moonlit eyes and two hands, hand in hand.

………………………………………………………………………………..all we had.

A Senior-Class-Poet Contestant, Christi says, “Poetry, like real life, is often very confusing. Unlike life, it’s organized, even if the logic is hidden. I like poetry because it lets me put complicated thoughts into concise lines and words.”

Christi Danner is an English major from Allentown, Pa.

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Last Modified: May 5, 2013