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One Page Poetry Circle Archive


Welcome to the One Page Poetry Circle at St. Agnes Branch Library!
Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Place: St. Agnes Branch Library, 444 Amsterdam Avenue (near 81st Street), 3rd Floor
Theme: Poetry and Gardening (pdf)

Please join us for an hour of authentic conversation about poetry through the examination of 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.

We will meet on September 10 to discuss Poetry and Gardening. The garden is a favorite literary and poetic theme that goes back to ancient times. In the Biblical narrative of Genesis, Adam and Eve are the original gardeners who cultivate in innocence until they fall from grace and Adam is sentenced to work by the sweat of his brow. When actually working in our gardens, we are more likely to think of Candide at the end of Voltaire's novel of that name, cultivating his garden, not as a punishment, but more as a way to live on earth. In this we see fall as a joyous time for the harvesting of food from gardens, a time of plenty before winter begins.

With the garden in mind, Robert Louis Stevenson created metaphoric flowers to be plucked from his "Child's Garden of Verses." In "Poetry" Marianne Moore described poems as "imaginary gardens with real toads in them," while in this excerpt from "Talking Back to the Mad World," Sarah C. Harwell refuses to garden but wishes to leave the tending to nature:

  • I will not tend. Or water,
  • pull, or yank,
  • I will not till, uproot,
  • fill up or spray.
  • The rain comes.
  • Or not. Plants: sun-fed,
  • moon-hopped, dirt-stuck.

Join us on our blog to discuss this poem. onepagepoetrycircle.wordpress.com

Gardening can be used as a metaphor for human endeavors, to depict cycles of creation, human influence on nature, and as sanctuary. We invite you to bring a single page of poetry by a known author related to the subject of Poetry and Gardening - with copies for others, if you can. To get started on your search, try poetryfoundation.org or poets.org.

We're eager to see what you find.

Mark your calendars for Fall 2013:

September 10 Poetry and Gardening
October 8 Poetry and Friendship
November 12 Poetry and Youth
December 10 Antiquity and Modernity


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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