An Ode to Autumn: Poetry & Cider
Beloit students, faculty, and staff celebrated the fall with a community reading in the Poetry Garden.
Titled “An Ode to Autumn,” the event honored the transition of seasons. Some folks read their own poems, while others shared old favorites, including verse by Rita Dove, Edgar Allan Poe, and Annie Finch. Gathered in the Poetry Garden, participants snacked on apple cider, hot cocoa, and freshly-made cider donuts from the Apple Hut, a local orchard and family-owned business. We enjoyed the company of around forty students, staff, and faculty—double our expected turnout!
It was Margaret Adjo Ackah’s (class of 2025) first experience reading poetry out loud to a big group of people, but she “enjoyed it a lot… I saw writing an autumn-inspired poem as a challenge to my skills. I would definitely do something like this again.”
Mushfique Tanzim Ahmed’23, another student poet who shared an original poem titled “Winter Goats,” explained, “The fall here is winter for me. I guess I was the odd one out over there.”
Overall, according to Gracie Thobe’24, the event was “a lovely chance” to gather with others since, “I don’t often get to hear others read their own poetry, and I share my own even less.”