As my fellow students slowly filled the Cherry Hall auditorium, I took my seat at the front to have the perfect view. That wonderful view was the back of the spikey-haired head of Matt Hart, the poet invited by the English Club to headline at the Goldenrod Poetry Festival.(“Matt Hart is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless (Typecast Publishing, 2012) and Debacle Debacle (H_NGM_N Books, 2013). A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Indusctrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati and plays in the band TRAVEL.”)
At Goldenrod, the English Club had the amazing opportunity to congratulate and give prizes to the first, second, and third place winners of the poetry contest:
1- Ashley Coulter
2- Kate Warren-Westbrook
3- Richard Heyne
The English Club decided to make this tenth anniversary special by having eleven winners, instead of the usual ten. After all eleven read their top poems, Mr. Hart was granted the floor. During his reading at the Goldenrod Festival, he gave the audience some interesting facts as he went through each poem. For his opening poem (from his book Debacle Debacle) he remarked that he was fascinated with the word ‘debacle’. He looked it up one day to find out what it meant. What he discovered was that debacle has two meanings: 1- a plan gone awry and 2- a flood. So his recently published book Debacle Debacle actually has two sides to it just like the word has two meanings. Hart also told us that he used to stand in a crowded basement and listen to really loud punk rock music and his writing reflects that.