Spotlight: Abe Kalsbeek

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Abe Kalsbeek  Lauren Ellis/Special
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Abe Kalsbeek

THE STATS: 18, a rising freshman at the University of South Carolina Aiken

WHO: Poet

HIS STORY:

"Deliberating, Delegating

Contemplating, Correlating

which words to choose

simple phrases to say

in the minute moments

mere seconds from

the final farewell."

Those are the opening words to Abe's favorite poem, one he wrote about his grandfather. It won him third place at the second annual Liberal Arts Festival at the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Abe has been writing poetry for three years.

"It makes me feel as though I were writing something worthwhile. I always take a step back and wonder if it was me who wrote this or something more than myself."

A psychology major, Abe always keeps a pen and notebook on hand. He doesn't worry about what people think of his writings.

"I don't write for the public," he says before quoting Cyril Connolly. "I go by one of my favorite quotes when dealing with this subject: 'Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.'"


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