Lucy Zimmerman, professor of English composition and literature, served as contact person for the campus. Faculty publicized the poetry event and invited students to participate in the initiative. A faculty selection committee read the student poems and chose the one to submit from Glen Oaks.
Bender’s submission, entitled “Hunt,” was selected by the committee. “I have always enjoyed writing. It is just something I have always done,” said Bender, adding that she plans to continue with her college education and major in English. Bender was also recognized recently by Jeanne Reed, professor of sociology, as an outstanding student at the 2010 Faculty Awards ceremony.
Publication of Bender’s poem is not guaranteed, but those selected by the Community College Humanities Association and the Library of Congress will be included in the online anthology accessible from their websites.
The poem written by Jena Bender follows:
The past follows, stalks, hunts
relentless, endless, exhausting pursuit.
Like a suffocating fog,
thick with despair and blackened with memories.
It leaves its prey
cornered, heaving, and gasping for peace
in the labyrinth of the present.
Fear, dread, panic, a pleading struggle
until finally, a submergence, a drowning in the depths of melancholy.
Relentless, endless, exhausting the pursued
the past follows, the past stalks,
the past Hunts.