Gchat, arguably the most legitimate of all instant messaging services, gets even more dynamic this week. Huffington Post recently featured Penn professor Michelle Taransky’s Gchat poetry as part of their Reading Series. Taransky’s “Sorry Was In The Woods” is an excerpt from her forthcoming book and subsequently makes us feel self-conscious for not even including vowels in our Gchats. Sry.
While we don’t have the attention span time to write our own full-fledged Gchat poem, we came up with a special haiku for the occasion:
Thank you, O Gchat
Have any Gchat gems? Let us know in the comments. It’s Friday, and we all need something to read.
College junior and spoken-word-ist Miles Hodges just dropped the video for his poem “Harlem,” a tribute to the New York City neighborhood and the black community that calls it home.
For more videos and poetry, check out The Striver’s Row, an agency named for the famous block of Harlem houses, currently representing Hodges as well as Alysia Harris C’10 and fan favorite Josh Bennett C’10.
Every student group is itching to host you at their downtown-fall-concert-chat-performance-fest. And we’ve collected the best of today’s Locust Walk flyers! Based on our findings – drum roll, please – we haiku.
A few questions. One: why is Rugby Ralph Lauren having a poetry contest? Two: does Ralph Lauren, Rugby, or the combination thereof have ANYTHING to do with poetry? Three: how does 2010 alum Josh Bennett look so fly in his glam shot as a Rugby Ralph Lauren featured poet? Wait, we know the answer to that one. It’s because he is so fly.
Check out his poem “Chariot” after the jump, and continue to ponder what on earth is going on here.
After the last Penn alum with political hopes decided to step out of contention, we were feeling a litlle down. Luckily, Wes Mullen (C’04) stepped up to the plate.
Mullen is “exploring” a run for Congress in Connecticut’s 2nd District, the home of shady-dealings Senator Chris Dodd. Although Mullen’s website is “under construction,” his side-part perfect hair and Harvey Dent-esque cleft chin convince us he’s a winner. But, if you’re itching to hear what he young Republican has to say, his Facebook page tells us about his life saga/longing to bring conservative leadership to the C-T.
As an undergrad at Penn, Mullen won first place in a creative writing competition for his poetry. He seems to be channelling some of that artistic energy into his campaign. According to his Facebook, “A new wind is blowing.” We’re just hoping that wind doesn’t blow near Philly. It’s nothing personal, Wes, we’re just really looking forward to spring. As a tribute to our very own poet-turned-could be politician, we came up with a little limerick for good ol’ Wes:
A new wind was a-blowin’ in the air
Could it be the draft from a certain express?
Nay–just a Penn alum with great hair
Looking to get some coverage in the press
And when the conservatives were lookin’ sullen
They found an answer in their man–Mullen!
From the hallowed walls of Van Pelt, a few fine lines of poetic verse:
I just want to drink beer
And play video games
Also, the tipster who sent us this (thanks!) said he saw it in “Goldstein Van Pelt.” We had to look up where that was, but it turns out it’s actually just the front part of Rosenparty. (Oh?) You learn something new every day! Though maybe not Organic Chem?
The Excelano Project kids are cooler than you are. We’ve loved on them before, and we’re going to do it again. Because the EP’s own Josh Bennett performed at the White House yesterday. For Barack Obama, the coolest president…ever. Alongside James Earl Jones, aka DARTH VADER. So yeah, there’s a whole lot of cool factor going on.
Word on the street is that he performed “Tamara’s Opus”. The White House is a little slow to upload onto their YouTube channel, so for now we’ll let you guys see his awesome performance of the piece at the Nuyorican Poetry Slam: