‘The United State of Poetry’

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T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ

Thursday evening at the Orpheum Theater Center, 21 diverse people from Marshalltown and the surrounding communities read poetry aloud during “The United State of Poetry” event, held in honor of National Poetry Month. Participants read a combination of original works and pieces by established poets. A few poems were recited in the readers’ native languages, including Portuguese, a Burmese dialect, Icelandic and French. Here MCC student Vel Zi reads a poem she wrote herself entitled “Pathian Laksawng.” The event was sponsored by Marshalltown Community College Humanities Division.