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March 29, 2010

Senior shares her poetry on the Connecticut Poetry Circuit


By Claire Gould

Though art and religion are frequently Hartman also sees the benefit of Scott
at odds, Caitlin Scott '10 is fascinated by merging religion and poetry. Scott's
their relationship - so fascinated, in fact, interest in religion allows her to be
she has combined her interests to write sensitive to the ways a poem's speaker
poetry inspired by religious themes and inhabits an ethical character and space,
is now sharing her work with others. Hartman said.
Scott, a religious studies and history "She has an excellent ear, both for the
double major, is traveling and giving detailed texture of the sounds of the
poetry readings throughout the state as a language, and for the gestures of voice
part of the Connecticut Poetry Circuit, a that a line or a poem can enact," he
selective society that only chooses five added.
college students each year to join. The As Scott finishes her last semester of
circuit is also affiliated with the National college, enjoying her final college poetry
Federation of Poetry Societies (NFSPS), courses, she reflects on her time at the
a nonprofit organization dedicated to the College.
promotion and enjoyment of poetry. "One of the best things about
Scott found enjoyment in poetry at an Connecticut College is that you can take
early age, and wanted to pursue her classes in any department you'd like,
passion at Connecticut College. even outside of your major," Scott said.
As a freshman, she enrolled in an "I've had the chance to improve upon my
introductory poetry course with English craft, and I plan to continue writing
Professor Charles Hartman, poet in throughout my life - no matter what
residence and co-director of the creative career I end up pursuing."
writing program. This course, as well as
additional coursework with Hartman,
enabled her to research how religious
studies and poetic talent unite.
"Religion inspired me to write about
the mystical significance of even the
most mundane aspects of life," Scott
said.