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The One Page Poetry Circle meeting of March 11, 2010.

The One Page Poetry Circle will meet on Thursday, March 11 from 6.00 to 7.00 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Branch Library, 150 West 100th Street. We will be meeting on the second Thursday of each month this spring - please note that this is a revised schedule because of changes in the library's hours. 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 March 11 is Poetry and Air. We were thinking about the change in the air in March as we hope that spring will be here. As a noun air has many meanings, and air can also be an adjective and a verb. You can find poems on the subject of air online at www.poemhunter.com or www.poets.org.

What with the change of schedule and the snow on the ground, we were gratified that nine people, including three people who had never come before, showed up at the February meeting for the theme of Poetry and Speed.

Abigail read from Robert Browning's "How they Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix" with its onomatopoetic lines which sound like pounding of horse hooves, "I spring to the stirrup, and Joris, and he;/I galloped, Dirck galloped, we galloped all three" (http://classiclit.about.com/library/bl-etexts/rbrowning/bl-rbrown-how.htm).

AnnaLee's folder for notes, that she prepares each month, contained the text of two poems: "Wheels" by Jim Daniels, a kind of advertisement for slow driving (http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/021.html), and "The Speed of Light" by W. S. Merwin (http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/W-S-Merwin/1687) which some members of OPPC enjoyed for its cascading series of events while others saw no memorable phrases in it.

Beverly read "The Wait" by Rainer Maria Rilke (http://www.poemhunter.com/best-poems/rainer-maria-rilke/the-wait/) and everyone had a different idea about the meaning of this short but enigmatic poem.

Larry thought to bring Kenneth Koch's "Proverb" with its reiterated and haunting line that the dead go fast (http://books.google.com/).

Esther brought several poems that she had written including "The Pageant" about the horror of young girls performing in beauty pageants.

Phil located "Speed" by Anjela Duval, a French farm woman who only began writing poems in her mid-fifties. The poem contrasts the pace of old and young people (http://breizh.net/anjela/saozneg/1089.php).

Milly shared "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop (http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15212) and we discussed whether her loss of her love was a disaster or not.

Morgan brought the dramatic and beautiful start of William Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey" (http://www.blupete.com/Literature/Poetry/WordsworthTinternAbbey.htm).

Wordsworth was definitely the most popular poet of the evening as Bernice read his "Daffodils" (http://www.poetry-online.org/wordsworth_daffodils.htm) and we spoke about Wordsworth's ability to recollect scenes of natural beauty with his mind's eye.

In addition to those who attended the One Page Poetry Circle, we heard from Fran who was not able to attend but who sent us "Full Speed" by Bernard Shaw with its advice to "Please slow down, Take things easy,/Going too fast makes one feel queasy" (http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/full-speed/).

Please join us in March for Poetry and Air. 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

Flyer for March 11, 2010

Upcoming Dates and Themes
April 8 Poetry and Money
May 13 Poetry and Birth and Rebirth


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