Poetry is scary, sometimes deadly

Poet explores ‘the nature of fear’

Tiffany Krause | Collegio Reporter

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On Oct. 30, McCray Hall played host to “A Night of Fear and Trembling,” a poetry and music event sponsored by the PSU English Department that included the work of students and faculty from PSU and Missouri Southern State University.
Karen Kostan, assistant professor in psychology at MSSU, opened the event with an introduction about fears and phobias, which were the inspiration for the poems and musical compositions presented.
“The difference between fears and phobias is that phobias are fears that cause disruption in our lives,” Kostan said. “However, people do seek out safe ways to add fear to their lives.”
Christopher Anderson, assistant professor in English at PSU, read some of his poems. He says poems are meant to convey emotions.
“Although some poets are just in love with words,” Anderson said.
Anderson says he was fascinated by the interesting names for various phobias, and he wanted to create images to explore the nature of the fear.
Stacey Barelos, assistant professor in music at MSSU, put the event together with Anderson. She spoke of the humor that can be found in phobias and fears, and this was seen in her compositions, which included “Syngenesophobia,” the fear of relatives, and “Melissophobia,” the fear of bees.
“A Night of Fear and Trembling” also included student compositions. Pittsburg State student writers Mellissa Johnson, Christina Smith, Robin Mooney, Hannah Walker and Taylor Klein each read poems about their own fears.
Kay Cypret, MSSU senior in music, had three pieces in the program, and musicians Chris Hancock and Felicia Eads also shared their compositions.

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