Poetry is a platform for many, especially for the young voices here on campus.

Lydia Nolte is a fourth-year graduating literature student who has a passion for the art of poetry.

Nolte has been fond of poetry most of her life, but started taking it really seriously about four years ago when she was 17 years old.

“I think poetry has a lot of supernatural effects on emotion,” Nolte said. “I think a lot of times when you are writing poetry, words come out or images or emotions that you may not even been sure you were feeling.”

Participating in the poetry workshop here at Cal Poly Pomona that is run by Prof. Liam Corley and associate professor Aaron DeRosa is what really helped Nolte take her poetry to the next level.

She was walking through campus and her attention was caught by a flyer with Hemmingway’s face and saw a workshop for poetry.

Having already taken a class with Corley, she was interested. She submitted some of her poems and got accepted to join with seven other students.

Notle expressed that before this workshop she kept her poems to herself, expressing that it was more of a “localized art form” for her.

After growing more comfortable with her poems, Nolte began to share her work because she thought maybe someone somewhere can connect to her poems.

Though she has never taken a poetry class on campus, the other literature classes she has taken have helped shaped her as a poet.

“I think a lot about poetry comes from intertextual value and wealth,” Nolte said.

Nolte expresses that she has leverage when it comes to literature, and by having that basic knowledge on different classic pieces, it benefits her writing.

These other works of literature have influenced her to add dashes of myth or even “Guinevere female roles” in her poems.

Being inspired by other poets is important toward being a good poet, Nolte says.

The poem selected to be shared by Nolte is called “Of Hurting You,” which she wrote a little over a month ago. This poem exploded out of her as she was sitting in one of her classes.

“Poetry sort of comes out and if it calls to you then you need to write it down,” Nolte said. “Poems just come out, they burst into existence.”

Nolte believes in the concept “the poet is dead,” which means she would rather allow her poems to be interpreted by the reader than give her complete meaning.

However, she expressed that her poem is gripping, sad, nostalgic but also playful. She enjoyed playing with the form through punctuation, format of the letters and how the letters fall.

The concept behind the poem is the relationships between what one is told, what one may watch, the things people hear and say and how it may sometimes be disingenuous.

“People can relate to the wrestle between someone or yourself but also wanting to make something work when you know it doesn’t,” Nolte said.

Future goals for Nolte are to continue studying in literature with a focus on rhetoric composition and to one day be a professor.

Poetry will always play a big part in her life as she wishes to continue to become a better writer and to share her work with people.

“Words come out and they can form these really beautiful expressions about the human experience,” Nolte said. “I think it can be overpowering but a way to release those things but also a way to confront them.”

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