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According to Bauer, she was disheartened by the election results and did not want to continue with the project.“The publisher said ‘No, no, we have to do it now more than ever,’” Bauer said at the beginning of the event. Each poet was asked to read her own poem as well as one by another poet featured in the anthology.
Hansen chose to read one by her friend Barbara Schmitz, a poet and English professor at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, titled, “When the Body is as Sweet as Corn.”Hansen followed with her own poem titled “Bad Hair Day.” In the poem, Hansen likens the Donald Trump presidency to a series of extremely bad hair days, in which the only remedy is letting the hair grow out.
The next poet was Hope Wabuke, who read “You’ve Known Girls like This All Your Life: A Corrective Memoir” by Rochelle Spencer and her own poem, “Job (War Survivor’s Guilt).”Stacey Waite, a poet and assistant English professor at UNL, read poet Linda Bell’s work “Inaugural Address” and then read her own composition, “Dead Locked.” According to Waite, her poem was inspired by a recent Lincoln Public Schools school board vote on whether transgender students should be able to choose their own bathrooms, shown through lines like, “Each urination will become a choose your own adventure.”The last poet of the night was Laura Wiseman, who read “The Red Inside Girls,” as well as “Signature” by poet Shirley Brewer.
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