On Oct. 20, in honor of the National Day of Writing, award-winning poet and Temple University professor Brian Teare spoke at Penn State Abington. The event was held in Lubert Commons from 12:20-1:10 p.m. During this event Teare read and discussed two of his poems with the audience.
“It was a pleasure to speak at Penn State Abington and I would love to speak here again. I always enjoy reading my poetry out loud because it’s designed to be aural, and to engage the ear,” said Brian Teare.
One of the two poems Teare read during the event was “Convince Me You Have a Seed There.” This was a Henry David Thoreau-inspired poem. The descriptive poem drew major inspiration from nature.
“His poetry was very insightful. It made the listener feel as if they were truly seeing the wonders of nature that he was describing,” said Moriah Cunningham, a sophomore at Penn State Abington.
Teare also read a painful poem about a very sick friend who eventually passed away. Teare also included details of his final phone call with him.
“Professor Brian Teare’s reading and discussion masterfully wove together poetry and politics to explore eco-poetics, gender, personal loss and mourning, the history and beauty of the natural landscapes of the Northeast and California, nineteenth-century American literature, and so much more,” said William Heise, an English professor at Penn State Abington.
After the reading of the two poems, Teare allowed the audience to give their commentary on the poems. He also allowed the audience to ask his opinions on societal issues such as modern-day feminism and the protection of our environment.
“I really enjoyed the reading of his poetry and I would love to attend another event like this. It was an honor to hear a performance by a living acclaimed poet,” said Emily Wilson, a sophomore at Penn State Abington.
Teare’s poetry books are available online as well as in bookstores everywhere. Teare also has a new poetry book titled “Doomstead Days” set to be released in 2019.