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Welcome to the Virtual One Page Poetry Circle!

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Theme: Poetry and Leaves

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 1242 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 Leaves, with a comment on why you chose them. We'll share the poems with you through our blog and by email.

Our theme for October is Leaves. Whatever our situation, we can enjoy the beautiful fall foliage. The changing seasons can inspire us to look outside of ourselves and appreciate the diversity of nature. The leaves, which are turning from summer's green to the brilliant palette of fall, will soon be lost to the monochrome of winter. Enjoy what you have now!

Emily Bronte celebrates the coming of winter in "Fall, leaves, fall":

  • Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
  • Lengthen night and shorten day;
  • Every leaf speaks bliss to me
  • Fluttering from the autumn tree.
  • I shall smile when wreaths of snow
  • Blossom where the rose should grow;
  • I shall sing when night’s decay
  • Ushers in a drearier day.

In "Kicking the Leaves," Donald Hall marks the gathering of autumn leaves with his grandparents in preparation for the winter of their years:

  • One November I drove up from college to see them.
  • We pulled big rakes, as we did when we hayed in summer,
  • pulling the leaves against the granite foundations
  • around the house, on every side of the house,
  • and then, to keep them in place, we cut spruce boughs
  • and laid them across the leaves,
  • green on red, until the house
  • was tucked up, ready for snow
  • that would freeze the leaves in tight, like a stiff skirt.

Whether a poem speaks of leaves, of the changing seasons, or leaves of paper, choose a poem that has meaning to you. Then email it to one of us by October 13th, with a brief comment of why you chose it and what it means to you. 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.

As one member wrote, "May we all have the strength to deal with these overwhelming times."

Fall 2020 Schedule
October 13: Leaves
November 10: Voting
December 8: Future

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


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