Piece Comment

A Refreshing Slap to the Face

Hilary Uselu delves into the relationship between people and the earth. Done as a conversation between the earth, the sun and the people, this piece brings the environmental cause to a more abstract and yet strangely a more intimate level. Hearing Hilary’s words you feel Mother Earth’s sorrow and Father Sun’s white-hot rage. While Hilary conveys her message forcefully, she never preaches. Listening is almost like a quick slap to the face. This would be excellent as an introduction to an environmental show as it puts into words the raw emotion that environmental problems evoke. While Hilary’s voice quickly draws you in, her introduction is less compelling. The intro gave general background information about Hilary, but it could have used a bit more context for her poem, for example, why she chose this topic to begin with.