Over the past few months, we have been having a wonderful time reading, sharing, and discussing poetry in our new program, One Page Poetry Circle, led by discussion leader Madge McKeithen, faculty member of The Writing Program at The New School. And whether you can recite Mary Oliver and Robert Frost in your sleep, or you feel that poetry oftentimes has you intrigued but a bit bewildered, I have no doubt that you will find our poetry circle a wonderful way to explore this unique literary form. Reading poetry aloud can be an enlightening experience and sometimes makes all the difference in one's interpretation of the writer's words. You will find a very welcoming and encouraging setting, and it will leave you with inspiration to browse our amazing poetry collection and check out some new authors.
For each session, we will always have a theme to guide you in your selections. Simply bring along a single page of poetry (by an established poet) that means something to you - perhaps a poem that you remember from childhood, one that you find interesting or unusual, or one that you might not quite understand. Everyone has an opportunity to read and share their choices with the group, and then we'll have some lively discussions about them. It's a great way to discover new writings, hear others' thoughts, and share your own.
Mark your calendar for our next session:
Wednesday, December 16 at 7 PM
Poetry & Light
Also, check out the following online resources for further inspiration when choosing your poem:
The Academy of American Poets (www.poets.org)
You can browse for poems by specific subject, read about your favorite american writers, and find essays on topics such as poetry & music, form & technique, and how to read a poem. Click here for some Poetry & Light suggestions.
The Poetry Foundation (poetryfoundation.org)
Use the Poetry Tool to find poems according to poet, category, occasion, title, first line, or keyword. Your search results will contain a mix of poems, news, articles, audio, and video. To narrow your result to poems only, click the “Poems” tab at the top of your search listings.
Flickr photo courtesy of applejan.