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The One Page Poetry Circle meeting of January 19, 2010.

The One Page Poetry Circle will meet on Tuesday, January 19 from 6.30 to 7.30 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Branch Library, 150 West 100th Street. This is the first meeting of 2010 - and we will be meeting on the third Tuesday of each month this spring. See below for dates and themes. Come and bring a single page of poetry by a known poet -- with copies for others, if you can. A flyer is attached.

The theme for January 19 is Poetry and Home. We are thinking that everyone will just have had some experience of home over the holidays and will be considering what it all meant. I love Robert Frost's two thoughts on home in his poem, "The Death of the Hired Hand": "Home is the place where, when you have to go there,/They have to take you in" and "Something you somehow haven't to deserve." You can find poems on the subject of home online at www.poemhunter.com or www.poets.org. We are not strict about the poems read (you can just bring any poem you enjoy), but we love the process of discovering poems we have known and finding new ones while seeking a poem on a specific theme.

We were delighted by the turnout at our December Circle. The following poems were read on the theme of Poetry and Sin. (I'm sorry if I got your name or poem incorrect - next time I will try to take better notes!)

Abigail: Original sin from "Paradise Lost" by John Milton ["Bone of my Bone thou art, and from thy State/Mine never shall be parted, bliss or woe"]

Roger: Epilogue to A Shropshire Lad by A. E. Housman ["I tell the tale that I heard told./Mithridates, he died old"]

Margaret: "Stones by Michael Blumenthal ["Yet I am still a man/in love with words/who does not want to throw stones."]

Marcy: Sonnet 129 by William Shakespeare ["The expense of spirit in a waste of shame/Is lust in action"]

Larry: "Original Sin" by Robinson Jeffers ["I would rather/Be a worm in a wild apple than a son of man./But we are what we are"]

Phil: "Sin" by an Iranian poet, Forugh Farrokhzad ["I have sinned a rapturous sin/in a warm enflamed embrace"]

Esther: her own poem that starts ["The best of me/The breast of me"]

Joey: his own poem about an abused student ["On the first day of school, you smile and a little girl gives you a note, trusting you to read it and hold the contents sacred"]

Beverley: "Choice" by J. V. Cunningham ["Allegiance is assigned/Forever when the mind/Chooses and stamps the will."]

Jaye: "The War Prayer" by Mark Twain ["Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage"]

Karen: "Holy Water" by Patti Sirens ["How God gets inside/those molecules of H2O/I'll never know"]

Caroline: "Karma" by Edwin Arlington Robinson ["And from the fullness of his heart he fished/A dime for Jesus who had died for men."]

Fran: "Sin I" by George Herbert ["Lord with what care has thou begirt us round!"]

AnnaLee: "The Philosophy of Pitchforks" by Sue Owen ["In the dark pit of hell,/I imagine that the pitchfork/comes in pretty handy/to hurl the evil ones"]

You don't have to know anything about poetry to enjoy the evening. We are all amateurs, but we have fun learning from each other.

We would love for you to join us! Bring a friend - all are welcome!

Abigail Burnham Bloom and AnnaLee Wilson

Upcoming Dates and Themes

February 16 Poetry and Speed
March 16 Poetry and Air
April 20 Poetry and Money
May 18 Poetry and Birth and Rebirth


Poetry Circle Meeting - 17 February 2009.

Invitation to Meeting of 17 February 2009.


Flyer for February 2009


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