AUBURN | There is more than one way to digest a poem.
And on Wednesday evening, an audience composed of Wells College students and staff got to experience poetry live — listening to work written and read by one of the Aurora school's own.
Christina Kubasta, who graduated from Wells College in 1999, returned to her alma mater this week to share her poetry and writing experience with students and staff as part of the latest edition of the Wells College Visiting Writers Series.
Bruce Bennett, director of creative writing, introduced Kubasta, his former student, to the approximately 24 people gathered inside the school's Macmillan Hall art exhibit room.
"Tina is one of our own," he said. "She's probably the best walking advertisement for Wells."
Kubasta then stepped up to the podium, smiling as she reminisced about her undergraduate years at Wells — some of which was spent inside Macmillan Hall listening to visiting writers.
"I remember being in these seats and seeing visiting professors come to Wells," she said. "It's just a pleasure."
Then, Kubasta read a series of her poems — some from "A Lovely Box," her recently published book.
Despite the serious topics chewed over in Kubasta's poems, like sexual abuse, the Wisconsin native often drew laughs from her audience, earning her a healthy round of applause when her reading came to an end.
As a jug of apple cider and a package of Oreos waited to be devoured, attendees asked Kubasta a series of questions about the content dealt with in her poems and her writing process.
The poet concluded the evening by opining that all topics have been picked over or thought of — a truth she said presents artists with a creative challenge.
"There's nothing new," Kubasta said. "All we can do is try to experiment with something in a new way."