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Alyssa Suhm: Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards contestant

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To honor the University’s Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards, the Library is publishing contestants’ poems or prose excerpts on Falvey’s blog. The Library also has created posters for the contestants’ poems or prose excerpts, which will be displayed throughout the library’s first floor.

The contest includes both poetry and prose (fiction or creative non-fiction). The Department of English will announce the Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards winners at its annual awards ceremony.

“Composer’s Breath”

by Alyssa Suhm

Scattered yellowed music sheets.
Shining violin. Abandoned notebooks,
Dog-eared and worn thin.
Tiny, desperate flowers clinging
To a slender vase.
Geometric knitted blanket
Confronts the fluid space.
Tired light glances across the scene.
Composer’s breath, just out of sight.
Unfinished pages gleam.

Alyssa Suhm, a Class of 2015 Creative Writing Awards contestant, says “I wrote ‘Composer’s Breath’ as a part of Prof. Mary Catherine Staples’ poetry workshop at the Philadelphia Art Museum. For this poem we were asked to put ourselves in the moment of a painting and recreate the experience in words.

“I study environmental science and Chinese, so I think it’s important to stay well-rounded through creative outlets like poetry. I have taken classes with Prof. Staples since freshman year and see an immediate connection between poetry and my passion for the natural environment, especially through poets such as Virgil, William Wordsworth, and Seamus Heaney, all of whom wrote extensively about their connection with nature.”


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