College students deliver ‘The Goods’

On Nov. 22, Ink, the College’s literary and creative writing organization, sponsored “The Goods,” an all-day event showcasing some of the College’s finest artists, poets and performers.

Starting at 1 p.m. and running through the night, “The Goods” presented an eclectic look into the College’s fine arts community. Organized by Ink, the event also included headlining poet Jeffrey McDaniel.

Ink President and Signal copy editor Allison Singer, who served as master of ceremonies for the event, should also be given credit for staying sharp and funny all day.

Early performers, including Anh-Chi Do, freshman biology major, and Nick Pelullo, junior history major, set the mood for the day by reading poetry with a varied outlook and presentation.

Soon after, freshman history major Noah Franc read some of his original, traditional romantic poetry, and finished his set with a reading of Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.”

Rare Candy then went on to perform. “If you came here for poetry, I’m sorry,” lead singer Matt Huston, freshman journalism major, said.

The band went into a set of original songs, playing with a melodic garage-rock sound. Following a mid-song broken guitar string, the boys finished stronger than they started.

In the evening, Esteban Martinez, sophomore interactive multimedia major, and LoserSlam took to the stage for some invigorating slam poetry.

Witty, energetic, dirty and provocative, the group spoke about everything from soldier songs to tales of strong feminine prose.

Group member Connor Dooley showcased poems about where the “Wild Things” went, and his newest work about Tyra Banks, which was both a funny and perceptive look into the TV personality.

Next up was Jeffrey McDaniel. Reading from his books of poetry, including “The Splinter Factory,” McDaniel’s work suggests strong themes of sexuality, religion, America and heartbreak.

His first poem focused on the many gods that people seek out – not separate gods, just the different personalities of everyone’s interpretation of those different gods.

Other poems such as “Heavy Breather Zoo,” a piece named after the obsolete perverts of the 1970s, centered heavily on dark humor in conjunction with the heartbreak of human existence.

This reading, although the headlining act of the day, was not the highest point. Every poet, writer, reader and musician to go in front of the audience gave it 100 percent, providing a fun and entertaining afternoon.