Poetry Club July 2020

Who would have guessed that our lives would be stuck in this holding pattern? I think back to our last “in person” meeting, and how we planned to go to Berkeley on the train for a field trip to the walk of poetry. I have to maintain my hope that it will happen one day. […]

Poetry Club June 2020

We met via ZOOM, which has been a great source of human contact in these continued days of isolation! Kathy started us off with three poems. She wanted to share fun poems, in an effort to provide some relief from all the news of a troubled world. The first was “Ars Poetica” by Archibald MacLeish, […]

Poetry Club May 2020

Our second Zoom meeting was complete with a second set of technical difficulties….different from the first, but of course. Still, I do love seeing all my friends faces once more. Cindy started us off with ”The Student” by Dorianne Laux. Cindy wanted to find a Pulitzer Prize winner, but she wasn’t overly impressed with this […]

“Poetry is an egg with a horse inside” April 2020 Virtual Poetry Club

We wouldn’t let a little thing like “Shelter in Place” stop us from meeting! New to most of us, our first attempt at a “ZOOM” meeting was a success. We started off with a wonderful quote which is the definition of poetry (by an 8 year old girl): “Poetry is an egg with a horse […]

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 […]