Dr. Susan Honeyman, English professor and Sigma Tau Delta adviser, 308.865.8563
The members of Sigma Tau Delta will present the third annual “Bad Love Poetry Reading” on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Frank House.
The reading, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 1:30 p.m.
As part of the Saturday at the Frank House series of events, members of Sigma Tau Delta will select love poetry of all types which depict the funnier side of love and Valentine’s Day practices.
The student readers include Alex Emery of Grand Island, Shaye Champ-Mino of Kearney, David Pearson of Kearney, Celeste Lempke of Wallace, Virginia Longhauser of Mobile, Ala., and Paul Skinner of Great Falls, Mont.
“The selections will range from classic love poems or sonnets to poems about love gone wrong, bad examples of love, pop-rock songs and plain badly-written poetry about love,” Lempke said. “Some of the pieces will be original creative works, while others will be personal favorites of the reader.”
Before orally interpreting a piece, the student readers will give background information on the selections they have chosen and on the various Valentine’s Day traditions.
“Since we are all English majors, we have varied experiences with poetry from college courses, ranging from reading, interpreting, analyzing and writing about poetry,” Lempke said. “As immediate past president of our chapter, I plan on reading a wide combination of different love poems, ranging from classic Shakespearean and Petrarchan sonnets to modern-day humorous love and anti-love sentiments.”
Sigma Tau Delta is an honor society open to any student, regardless of major, who has completed at least six hours of English beyond freshman English with above a 3.0 GPA and is in the top third of his or her class. The organization promotes writing and literature, fun and fellowship, and the annual publication of the student journal, “The Carillon.”
Regular walk-in-hours for tours of the Frank House are Monday – Friday, 2-5 p.m., and Saturday, noon-5 p.m. The Frank House is closed during UNK breaks and holidays. Donations are always accepted.