For You, I Will Wear Pink Camouflage: A Poem

adelle-labrecqueBY ADELLE LaBRECQUE
Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong

Suicide survivor: my newest hated identity.

30,000 feet in the sky brought clarity to everything.

As I stared at the moon, I saw what—in hindsight—was always present.
The suspending clouds reflected vibrant, white light, unlike something I’d ever seen before.

What an incredible sight from this bird’s-eye-view
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Egan Library Kicks Off “Poetry Café”

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Poetry is a form of writing, a form that seems to be getting less and less attention as time goes by. However, it is poetry that the Egan Library has chosen to be celebrated on our campus. In concert with April as National Poetry Month, Beatrice Franklin, one of the Egan Library’s librarians, has organized what she calls Poetry Cafés. The first was on the April 7, but the next one will be on April 21. Continue reading “Egan Library Kicks Off “Poetry Café””

Sound and Motion and Woosh Kinaadeiyi Team up for 3rd Annual UAS Slam


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The 2016 Woosh K Poetry Slam at UAS was a rousing success. The monthly event was held Friday, March 25, 2016 at the Egan Lecture Hall as part of the Sound and Motion spring arts and culture series. The competition was well attended by a diverse group of community members and included a full slate of spoken word poets. Vibrant commentary and fluidity was provided by veteran emcee Conor Lendrum, who was joined by student and actor Austin Tagaban. Continue reading “Sound and Motion and Woosh Kinaadeiyi Team up for 3rd Annual UAS Slam”

Poetry: Why and How to Do It

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I am the “Queen of Comma Splices” within the confines of the Whalesong office. This is because I write poetry, which doesn’t require as many commas as you would think. The thing is, poetry is a great outlet and form of writing that often gets ignored for novels or essays, and everyone should try it out at least once. Fun fact: I actually used to hate poetry with the passion of a thousand tiny babies. I really hated poetry for no real reason. That is, until it magically became my main source of creative work, and hey, it’s panned out well for me. It’s also a lot of fun, despite what people may say about the forms, which are many. Continue reading “Poetry: Why and How to Do It”

Poetry is the Art of Literature


According to Esther Lombardi in her article, “Literature”, literature is a term used to describe written or spoken material. “Literature” is used to describe anything from creative writing to more technical or scientific works, but the term is most commonly used to refer to works of creative imagination, including works of nonfiction, drama, fiction, and poetry. Personally, I think poetry is the best form of literature. Poetry is the only form of literature which needs no translation to be appreciated. With poetry, the emotions the author is expressing are translated without the need for interpretation.

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