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One Page Poetry Circle Archive


Welcome to the One Page Poetry Circle at St. Agnes Branch Library!

Date: Tuesday, December 8
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Place: St. Agnes Branch Library, 444 Amsterdam Avenue (near 81st Street), 3rd Floor
Theme: Poetry and Marriage (pdf)

Find a poem! Read a poem! Discuss a poem!

We’re back for the eighth season of the One Page Poetry Circle where people gather to examine the works of established poets. While there’s no instructor and this is not a workshop for personal writing, once a month OPPC gives everyone a place to become teachers and learners to explore the form, content, language and meaning of poetry. Since the circle started, participants have selected and discussed 853 poems and have read countless others in pursuit of poetry that speaks to them.

On December 8 we will be talking about poetry that deals with some aspect of marriage. Although couples often seek the perfect love poem for their wedding, the cracks and crevices in a marriage can inspire the best poetry. Here C.D. Wright toasts the everyday pleasures of married life in the start of a poem where the title leads right into the first line: “Everything Good between Men and Women”:

  • has been written in mud and butter
  • and barbecue sauce. The walls and
  • the floors used to be gorgeous.
  • The socks off-white and a near match.
  • The quince with fire blight
  • but we get two pints of jelly
  • in the end.

Marriage often begins with love, devotion and commitment but too frequently ends with rancor and misery. Why does the hoped for happily-ever-after become a ball and chain? John Dryden wrote long ago in “Marriage a-la-Mode”:

  • Why should a foolish marriage vow,
  • Which long ago was made,
  • Oblige us to each now
  • When passion is decay’d?

Dryden’s contemplation of the end of marriage embraces calm logic. In “Bitch” Carolyn Kizer assigns a separate identity to her strong feelings about her ex:

  • Now, when he and I meet, after all these years,
  • I say to the bitch inside me, don’t start growling.
  • He isn’t a trespasser anymore,
  • Just an old acquaintance tipping his hat.
  • My voice says, “Nice to see you,”
  • As the bitch starts to bark hysterically.

We look forward to seeing what poems you discover and to discussing Poetry and Marriage with you on December 8. This will be the last meeting in 2015, but 2016 will find us back again.

Bring a poem of a known poet. Bring a friend. And widen the circle!
We hope you will blog with us at onepagepoetrycircle.wordpress.com.

Fall Schedule:
December 8: Poetry and Marriage

Spring Schedule:
February 9: Poetry from Afar
March 8: Poetry and Science
April 12: Poetry and Identity
May 10: Poetry and Failure and Success

Abigail Burnham Bloom and
AnnaLee Wilson

The One Page Poetry Circle is sponsored by the New York Public Library and is open to all. St. Agnes Branch Library is handicap accessible.


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