October Poetry Club

What an exciting discussion we had today. We started with Cindy showing us a beautiful book that belonged to her grandfather…and realized it is nearly 100 years old. Cindy then recited three Japanese poems, by Hitamaro, Sakanoe and Basho and explained in detail the different types – seventeen syllable verse: Haiku, but also tanka (five […]

September Poetry Club Part Two

This month Cindy shared the lyrics to Donavan’s Catch the Wind. She didn’t try to make it into the song, but rather, read it the way she felt about the lyrics as a poem. Leslie shared two poems by Natalie Goldberg. After attending her 60th class reunion in the small Oregon town where she grew […]

September 2019 Poetry Club Part One

I was falling into a rut of similar poems and so I decided to break my habit. I memorized “The Owl and the PussyCat” by Edward Lear, (after considering Jabberwocky) which is considered to be part of the Victorian trend of “nonsense verse.” It was published in Lear’s 1871 collection Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets. […]

How I Memorize a Poem

Poetry club is approaching its one year anniversary and I have to say, it has been a lot of fun. When Susan and I came up with the idea, I had just discovered poetry. Yep, sixty years of not appreciating it at all. In fact, if a poem was embedded in a novel, I generally […]

Poetry Club August 2019

A fun, if a bit dark at times, discussion surrounded this months poems. The unplanned, underlying theme….fire! Which shouldn’t be surprising as we all live in the Sierra Foothills, with fires on our minds at this time of year. Susan gave a rollicking performance of “I Went to A Marvelous Party” by Noel Coward. This […]

Poetry Club May 2019

I’m in New Mexico, and many of the members are traveling. Tece and Susan met for May poem sharing. Susan shared two poems, “Beware” by Kevin Fearing and “The End and The Beginning” by Wisława Szymborska. “Beware” is my kind of poem…taking everyday life and expressing those bothersome thoughts that I often feel. Szymborska’s poem […]

Poetry Club April 2019

A small group this month, as many of us are traveling. Special Thanks to Susan Rushton for sending me the notes. As I wasn’t there, I can’t comment on how others felt about the poems, only my opinion. I read each one aloud, because the one thing I have learned: POEMS NEED TO BE READ […]

March Poetry Club

Once again, I have to say, I LOVE Poetry Club. The discussion always segues from the poems recited or read by members into topics of high interest to all. This month we started off with two poems from Susan. The first was a fun experiment in participation of the poem “Overheard in a Saltmarsh” by […]

February Poetry Club 2019

What a wonderful discussion we had about “prose” vs “poetry”…of course we are a flexible group and all opinions were welcome. I learned about this new (to me) world of sonnets and pentameters and poetry. I think my favorite definition was what Cindy provided…the definition or label is what the poet/writer decided when they wrote. […]

January Poetry Club

Hurray to Tece who actually memorized her poem. I’m afraid the rest of us were overwhelmed by the holidays and read ours. But that didn’t make for any less of a good time and great discussions by all. Tece recited Sunrise at River Pines by Elvira Zetterlund. This was extra special because Zetterlund was the […]