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Welcome to the Virtual One Page Poetry Circle!

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Theme: Poetry and the Future

Find a poem! Send a poem by email!

We're back for the thirteenth fall season of the One Page Poetry Circle where people examine the works of established poets. While there is 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 1263 poems and have read countless others in pursuit of poetry that speaks to them.

This fall we will gather virtually, by email. We ask you to send us the poems you have selected on the subject of Poetry and the Future, with a comment on why you chose them. We'll share the poems with you through our blog and by email.

Our theme for December is the Future. Abigail can't think about the future without hearing Doris Day singing "Que Sera, Sera" in her head. Whatever positive may lie ahead, there is also death, however it may come. Robert Frost imagined the end of the world in "Fire and Ice":

  • Some say the world will end in fire,
  • Some say in ice.
  • From what I’ve tasted of desire
  • I hold with those who favor fire.
  • But if it had to perish twice,
  • I think I know enough of hate
  • To say that for destruction ice
  • Is also great
  • And would suffice.

On another apocalyptic note, AnnaLee offers a verse from Leonard Cohen's "The Future," from his 1992 album of the same name:

  • Things are going to slide in all directions
  • Won’t be nothing
  • Nothing you can measure anymore
  • The blizzard of the world has crossed the threshold
  • and it has overturned the order of the soul
  • When they said REPENT I wonder what they meant

Whether a poem speaks of the future with dread, resignation, or gleeful anticipation, choose a poem that has meaning to you. Then email it to one of us by December 8th, with a brief comment of why you chose it. Can't locate a poem you want to send? Check out Poetry Foundation or poets.org.

In the meantime, please blog with us at onepagepoetrycircle.wordpress.com.

Fall 2020 Schedule
December 8: Future

Abigail Burnham Bloom, abigailburnhambloom@gmail.com
AnnaLee Wilson, annalee@kaeserwilson.com


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