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One Page Poetry Circle Archive


March, 2011.

Please Join us March 8th for the One Page Poetry Circle in our new location at St. Agnes Branch Library on the third floor.

The theme for our meeting is Poems of Anticipation. A flyer is attached.

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Place: St. Agnes Branch Library, 444 Amsterdam Avenue (near 81st Street), 3rd Floor
Theme: Anticipation

Come and bring a single page of poetry by a known poet-with copies for others, if you can. To get started you can go to poetryfoundation.org or poets.org.

From remembering Carly Simon singing "Anticipation/Is makin' me late/Is keepin' me waitin'" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NwP3wes4M8) to pondering the words of Benjamin Disraeli, "What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens," we look forward to learning different ways of experiencing anticipation.

OPPC met in February to read poems of Happiness. Attendance and the consequent discussion of whether or not you needed to experience sadness in order to be happy, made us very happy!

Abigail began with Robert Louis Stevenson's "Happy Thought," "The World is so full of a number of things/I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings." Of course thinking you should be happy doesn't make it so.

Roger read "Cloony the Clown" by Shel Silverstein wherein Cloony, who doesn't intend to be funny, cries when the world laughs at him, a description of schadenfreude.

Noel read "When the Frost is on the Punkin" by James Whitcomb Riley, the Hoosier poet.

Michele read "Fear of Happiness" by A. E. Stallings which describes a fear of heights, "But it isn't the unfathomable fall/That makes me giddy, makes my stomach lurch,/It's that the ledge itself invents the leap."

Larry read "Crying" by Galway Kinnell which describes the happiness that can come after a good cry.

Joey read Khalil Gibran's "Joy and Sorrow," "Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy./Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced."

Esther read her own poem describing how she and her sister came to New York from London, "We landed on Manhattan Isle/With twenty seven dollars between us./We both had jobs beginning Monday,/And no ambitions worried us."

Francis and Hazel both brought Emily Dickinson's "I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed," "Inebriate of air am I,/And debauchee of dew;--" It is definitely a poem that can be read twice. We were reminded of how seldom it happens that members of the circle bring the same poem.

Mindy read William Carlos Williams's "Danse Russe," which concludes, "Who shall say I am not/the happy genius of my household?"

Temma read "Argyle on Knocknagaroon" by Thomas Lynch part of a cycle of poems that describes the life of a man who is a "sin-eater," someone a few centuries back who ate bread and beer over a corpse in order to relieve the dead of their sins.

AnnaLee read "A Blessing" by James Wright describing a moment in which "Suddenly I realize/That if I stepped out of my body I would break/Into blossom."

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 look forward to seeing you on March 8th. Bring a friend-all are welcome!

Abigail Burnham Bloom and AnnaLee Wilson

Future dates:
April 12: Sleep
May 10: Light and Darkness

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


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