Night of Spanish Poetry

by Jason Madsen '07

Hola. Buenas tardes. A celebration of poetry proved to be a night filled with laughter, felllowship, and community bonding in Munson Chapel.

On November 17, APU students worked alongside Gladstone High School students to direct La Velada Poética, consisting of nine poetic presentations. Pirates, Indians, interviews, and a violinist were among the many outstanding re-enactments of Spanish poetry.

The groups presented poetry written by Peninsular and Latin American poets including Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Jose Espronceda, Ruben Dario Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Nicolas Guillen, and Federico Garcia Lorca

Morgan Altizer, a senior philosophy and English major, worked with students on a poem about a man who came back from the war dying, only to find that his wife drowned herself because she lost all hope. Altizer said, "I totally loved it. I am just taking the class to learn Spanish and I was able to get to know the kids I presented with very well.”

Instead of meeting for class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the APU students traveled to Gladstone High to meet up with their group of students.

"The hardest part was getting up at 6:15 a.m. so I could get to the school between 7 and 7:30," said Consuelo Machuca, freshman Spanish major. "Other than that, it was fun."

There were more than 70 people who attended the Spanish poetry event, including friends, family members, and other relatives.