Closing the book (pun intended?) on National Poetry Month, 21 undergraduate students, both English majors and nonmajors, in ENGL 316: Modern Poetry wrote a poem about the American dream in the voice and style of one of the poets studied under Professor Kendra Kopelke. These poets ran the gamut from Emily Dickinson to Langston Hughes to E.E. Cummings and Anne Sexton.
The students assembled their individual poems into one comprehensive poem, cognizant of the sequence, and made a scroll that stretched 35 feet. They gave a reading May 2, topped off by an unrolling of the scroll. "It exceeded all of our expectations," Kopelke says. "In the euphoria, they hung it in the stairwell."