NSU student has two poems published in national journal

Shundrika SmithTwo works by Northwestern State University English major Shundrika Smith will be published in the next issue of Dark River Review, a national undergraduate student literary magazine produced by Alabama State University.

The poems, “Mystery of a Toga” and “Tall Tales” came out of class assignments for Professor of English Julie Kane.

“Having this opportunity is amazing,” said Smith, a senior from West Monroe. “I never thought my poems would be published. When I found out about the opportunity in Dark River Review, I decided to take a chance. This is a great start for me to be able to say I have been published.”

In “Mystery of a Toga, ” Smith talked about an item of clothing, a purple sweatshirt that had meaning to her.

“I called it a toga as a way of working in Greek mythology and characters such as Atlas and Cerberus,” said Smith.

“Tall Tales” was inspired by the series of Harry Potter novels. Smith said she was a big fan of the popular novels and used the poem to talk about personal relationships and their evolution.

As she has evolved as a writer, Smith says poetry has become the most meaningful form to her.

“I have written short stories and fiction, but I love the way I can express myself through poetry,” said Smith. I have found poetry to be more personal. It has allowed me to develop my own voice.”

Smith has been a junior editor for Argus, the campus literary magazine, writing opinions on works that were submitted and edited those that were selected.

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