A Profesor’s Poetry of Law

The St. John’s College English
department hosted American poet Lawrence
Joseph on Monday for a reading of his
poetry.

Joseph, a professor at the St. John’s
University School of Law, has had six
volumes of his poetry published in addition
to a book of prose called Lawyerland.

In a 45-minute reading, Joseph read
an assortment of poems from some of his
books, including the volume Shouting at No
One, which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett
Poetry Prize in 1983. The reading was
followed by an open question and answer
session.

The chair of the English Department Dr.
Stephen Sicari said the event was a great
success.

“We were very happy with the turnout of
students and teachers,” said Sicari. “It was
the largest turnout of any lecture or reading
since I came here in 1996.”

Sicari also mentioned the high turnout of
students and professors from the law school
community.

“It was also good to bridge the gap
between the law school and our English department.”