Lunch Poems @SFU

July 20, 2012

When I first set out to write about Lunch Poems @SFU, I thought – “what better way to share my enthusiasm for this event than in verse?” That’s right, I decided I would write a poem.

After several failed attempts at a haiku, and sonnet that could only be described as tragic (and not in Shakespearian sense), I was eventually forced to the realization that I’m not a poet, far from it in fact. I’m not a poet, and that is precisely the reason why I’m so in love with Lunch Poems @SFU.

For me, Lunch Poems is a chance to take part in something completely new and apart from my everyday world. It’s an opportunity to rub elbows with a diverse crowd of poets, poetry enthusiasts, and curious community members like myself. At Lunch Poems, I get to share in the beautiful, provocative and sometimes even contentious works of local artists. I get to learn from the questions posed by fellow audience members, laugh as poets like Rob Taylor joke in rhyme, and feel chills as poets like Renée Sarojini Saklikar describe the inspiration behind their poems (in this case Air India flight 182).

Before a backdrop of the Vancouver shoreline, and amidst the hustle and bustle of the SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus, Lunch Poems provides a little escape, and thought-provoking look at some of our local talent. So while I may not able to distinguish between all of the poetic forms or identify each of the rhythms, I have no trouble learning about and engaging with the people, subjects, or emotions.

I’m not a poet, and I think that’s why Lunch Poems @SFU has become something I love and look forward to each month.

Author Jackie Pichette is the Research and Communications Officer at SFU Public Square

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