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One Page Poetry Circle Archive


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

Date: Tuesday, December 12
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Place: St. Agnes Branch Library, 444 Amsterdam Avenue (near 81st Street), 3rd Floor
Theme: Poetry and Windows (pdf)

Find a poem! Show up! Read a poem! Discuss a poem!

We're back for the tenth 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 began, participants have selected and discussed 1022 poems and have read countless others in pursuit of poetry that speaks to them.

Windows are a frequent form of metaphor. Eyes, the windows of the soul, look out onto the world. A great poem should change our view slightly, letting us see the world in a different manner than we usually do. In the first verse of his poem, "The Windows," George Herbert depicts man as a window through which God makes himself known,

  • Lord, how can man preach thy eternal word?
  •     He is a brittle crazy glass;
  • Yet in thy temple thou dost him afford
  •     This glorious and transcendent place,
  •     To be a window, through thy grace.

In Howard Nemerov's "Storm Windows," the narrator gains a glimpse of lucidity through the lens of rainwater on a storm window lying in the grass:

  • People are putting up storm windows now,
  • Or were, this morning, until the heavy rain
  • Drove them indoors. So, coming home at noon,
  • I saw storm windows lying on the ground,
  • Frame-full of rain; through the water and glass
  • I saw the crushed grass, how it seemed to stream
  • Away in lines like seaweed on the tide
  • Or blades of wheat leaning under the wind.
  • The ripple and splash of rain on the blurred glass
  • Seemed that it briefly said, as I walked by,
  • Something I should have liked to say to you,
  • Something ... the dry grass bent under the pane
  • Brimful of bouncing water ... something of
  • A swaying clarity which blindly echoes
  • This lonely afternoon of memories
  • And missed desires, while the wintry rain
  • (Unspeakable, the distance in the mind!)
  • Runs on the standing windows and away.

We take a broad approach to our themes. Whether a poem is literally about windows, uses the word "window" in its title, or even has a remote connection to the idea of windows, feel free to bring a poem that has meaning for you. Can't locate a poem you want to bring? Look through a poetry book at the library or check out Poetry Foundation or poets.org.

Please blog with us at onepagepoetrycircle.wordpress.com.

Spring 2018 Schedule
February 20: Poetry and Lies
March 6: Poetry and Enjambment
April 17: Poetry and Timing
May 8: Poetry and Choices

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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