Poet professor shares his wealth of words
Casey Matlock | reporter
Stephen Meats didn’t decide what to read from his book “Dark Dove Descending” until a few minutes before his fiction reading on Wednesday, Sept. 5, in the Governors Room of Overman Student Center.
“I wanted to offer a wide variety and started with the title poem to help the audience understand the theme of the book,” Meats, professor of English said, “and along with that provide something conventional, surrealist and in between.”
The next pieces read were a poem called “Night Sounds,” which Meats says was inspired by his love of birds, and “The Baseball Mitt,” which Meats said he read to appeal to the athletes in the audience.
“I thought the event was interesting because the stories were different from anything I have ever read,” said Alex White, sophomore in exercise science. “My favorite story was ‘The Baseball Mitt’ because it seemed more like a story to me than others.”
Meats’ mix of fiction and nonfiction readings is what appealed to one student in the audience.
“The night was a great ride of both fiction and nonfiction stories,” said Linda Knoll. “I loved the use of language and humor and it was both surprising and scary at times.”
Another student said the reading was especially meaningful to him because he had attended one of Meats’ classes.
“It was one of the better readings I have attended,” Seth Kristalyn, senior in English, said, “so I wanted to experience his work.”
Meats later read a poem called “Premonition,” which he dedicated to his wife, Ann, who was present in the audience. The poem was about a car ride with his wife that turned into an adventure.
To end the night on a humorous note, Meats read a piece from a column he used to write called “Letters to a young Poet.”
The event was followed by a reception with food and drinks. Members of the audience could also purchase signed copies of Meats’ book.
“I think that it is important for students to be involved in the arts because it is important to provide students with experience from professionals,” Meats said.