But one student surprised me. He chose a poem that had been published by Dannica Dufur, a senior Creative Writing major at Southwest Minnesota State University, in our annual art and literary publication, Perceptions. I wasn't surprised that he chose that particular poem. Dannica is an outstanding writer, and her poem belonged in the company of exceptional writers such as Frost, Hopkins and Silverstein.
What amazed me? That with the vast literary smorgasbord spread in front of him, this student chose Dannica's poem. Why had he chosen it? Her well-crafted, visceral words resonated deeply with his lived experience. As Heather Sellers writes in our textbook, The Practice of Creative Writing: A Guide for Students, "...art is about apprehending a sensory emotional experience." Dannica had created a raw emotional experience by engaging the senses and using vivid images to activate a moving picture in the reader's brain. She had nailed it.