Sans Forgeticus: Poetry Club March 2020

I should mention that we DID choose a name for our group: Sans Forgeticus. Think visions of the poetry salons of past times, as well as our underlying belief that memorizing poems will help our aging brains. Today’s trend was “free association poems.” New member Barbara started us off on this track with “The Currency […]

Poetry Club February 2020

A small group met today, with four poems were shared. Leslie read the famous “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats, a long poem that has been greatly analyzed. While we had all heard of Keats, Leslie shared some history that we didn’t know! Like how much trauma he suffered in his early life […]

Poetry Club January 2020

We rang in the new year with an odd combination of poems: themes of New Year advice and hope were contrasted with death. Happily Cindy started us off with a laugh, as well as chills and smiles, as she read “Litany” by Billy Collins. She had initially been looking for poems with a healing message, […]

Poetry Club December 2019

A autumn/winter theme was the thread through several poems today. Leslie read “Stopping by Woods on a Snow Evening” by Robert Frost. Most of humanity is familiar with the final lines of “But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep.” The trivia fact that Frost wrote this poem in one […]

Poetry Club November 2019

What a fun and wonderful meeting for our one year anniversary…well, actually a little over a year, but we forgot to count. Inspired by Cindy’s recitation of a poem by Ina Coolbrith (more below) to expand our horizons to include a field trip to Berkeley to visit the Poetry Walk, we felt the need to […]

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 […]