“Poetry removes us from the ‘I’ and returns us to the collective ‘we’.” – George Kalamaras
By Chad Kebrdle
Plymouth residents were offered a great cultural experience last Thursday when Indiana’s Poet Laureate took the stage at Wild Rose Moon to share the reading of his poetry. The event was sponsored by Ancilla College where a lecture on poetry was delivered by Kalamaras earlier in the day.
George Schricker, owner of Wild Rose Moon, was delighted to introduce the first poet to read at the newer establishment. On top of expressing his gratitude for having such a distinguished guest, Schricker also gave thanks to Joel Thomas, humanities division chair at Ancilla College. “This is hopefully the start of a much deeper relationship with Ancilla,” Schricker said.
Kalamaras took the stage next and presented works from an upcoming collection of poems inspired from vintage pictures of hound dogs. Sometimes comical and sometimes serious, the poems kept the audience captivated with Kalamaras’ rich and vivid use of language. “Poetry does not exist in a vacuum,” said Kalamaras. “Because of you, these poems are able to live a much richer life.”
A meet and greet with Kalamaras took place after the reading and he talked with several of the guests at length while signing the collection of his books that he had brought. Guests were also able to enjoy the delicious refreshments provided by Earthworks.