January 25, 2012

Humor, heart in Catch release

Featuring a unique, urban-inspired form, the fall issue of Catch was released this past Friday, Jan. 20. The release party offered good food, readings from the authors and a full audience. Catch viewers filled most of the Ford Center for the Fine Arts lobby as students came out to support their peers.
This particular release party differed from others in the relative lack of variety in the acts. In the past, audience members would be able to enjoy the usual fiction, non-fiction and poetry, but it was coupled with musical performances and drama, helping to break up the readings with something a little more interactive. Although the magazine’s music is still available in Catch itself, it was not featured at this release party. This term’s Catch also seemed to offer a little less variety in terms of drama. However, it still offers its token cross-genre literature, with a very signature style.
The new section of the book, Translations, adds an interesting international element to the work. However, the section would benefit from consistency. Some of the poems have the original published alongside the translation, while others simply have the translation. For the sake of continuity, and my own curiosity, I would have preferred to see both the original and the author’s translation.
“Not a guide to stain remover” by junior Kaitlyn Duling was one of the featured poems and stood out as a well-written poem with powerful imagery. Written mostly in fragments, the poem details the types of stains life has left with the narrator.
Sam Martone ’11 was also featured for his piece, “The President Travels for Roger Taylor,” which was based on a rumor he had heard about President Imeritus Roger Taylor ‘63. The story is that Roger Taylor went down to the train tracks and recorded the sound of the trains so he can keep Galesburg close wherever he goes.
The story was a favorite of junior Tina Shuey, less for form and more for subject matter.
“It’s a Knox thing, so I like that it’s part of this Knox event and I just like the rumor,” Shuey said. Martone’s story reads almost like a poem with his intricate descriptions of everything from the trains themselves to Taylor’s voice.
The crowd favorite was read by senior Ben Lee, featured in Catch for his creative non-fiction piece “A Guest House Full of Cracks and Flaws.” However, instead of reading his work, Lee chose to read an in-progress piece about working in improvisation.
“I thought it was funny,” said Joy Westerman said, who thought it provided a contrast to the other pieces read that day. “It was clever, well-done and he read without fear.”
Senior Emily Turner said, “I know it wasn’t in the book, but [Lee’s] was my favorite. I didn’t need to have it in front of me or anything and that was really nice.”

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