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One Page Poetry Circle Archive


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

Date: Tuesday, November 10
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Place: St. Agnes Branch Library, 444 Amsterdam Avenue (near 81st Street), 3rd Floor
Theme: Poetry and Clothes (pdf)

Find a poem! Read a poem! Discuss a poem!

We’re back for the eighth 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 started, participants have selected and discussed 847 poems and have read countless others in pursuit of poetry that speaks to them.

Unless we inhabit a nudist colony, clothes are an important part of our lives. From haute couture to old and comfortable, our clothing selections suit our moods, hide our flaws, show deference and become our armor. What we pull off the hanger in the morning can make us unforgettable in a business meeting and mysterious later, on a blind date.

Poems may have fun with a whole look like Robert Herrick’s “Delight in Disorder”:

  • A sweet disorder in the dress
  • Kindles in clothes a wantonness;
  • A lawn about the shoulders thrown
  • Into a fine distraction;
  • An erring lace, which here and there
  • Enthrals the crimson stomacher;
  • A cuff neglectful, and thereby
  • Ribands to flow confusedly;
  • A winning wave, deserving note,
  • In the tempestuous petticoat;
  • A careless shoe­string, in whose tie
  • I see a wild civility:
  • Do more bewitch me, than when art
  • Is too precise in every part.

Or certain items of clothing like Jenny Joseph’s poem “Warning” which begins:

  • When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
  • With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
  • And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
  • And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.

In this refrain from “On Hearing That My Poems Were Being Studied in a Distant Place,” the poet Hyam Plutzik uses clothes to consider the nature of words:

  • What are they mumbling about me there?
  • “Here,” they say, “he suffered; here was glad.”
  • Are words clothes or the putting off of clothes?

We look forward to discussing Poetry and Clothes with you on November 10.

Bring a poem of a known poet. Bring a friend. And widen the circle!
We hope you will blog with us at onepagepoetrycircle.wordpress.com.

Fall Schedule:
November 10: Poetry and Clothes
December 8: Poetry and Marriage

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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