PoetryMatters 9

Our February meeting of PoetryMatters was a high-spirited one. The air outside almost felt like spring, and by the next time we meet it nearly will be. This meeting heard poems by Carl Sandburg (“Love, Is It”), Myrna Stone (“Camera Obscura”), Ross Gay (“A Small Needful Fact”), Amber Tamblyn (“Untitled Actress”), Gwendolyn Brooks (“A Song in the Front Yard”), and Eugene Field (“Good-bye–God Bless You!”). The Sandburg kicked us off and got us discussing the various images we might hold for love, what it is and what it is not. Several poems subtly dealt with issues of gendered oppression, and one was overt in its criticisms of police violence against black persons. The conversation was as full of life as ever.

PoetryMatters will next meet on Friday, March 18, at 2:00 p.m. at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville. Attendees are encouraged to order lunch, enjoy a dessert or appetizer, or just sip a drink while we read aloud (we want the eateries we hold our meetings at to appreciate our presence). Please come prepared to read at least one published poem (not your own) aloud for the group.

Poetry matters, and we find it plays varying roles in our lives at different times of year. Spring is right around the corner, and nothing prepares the heart for the new life of Spring like poetry. We’d love to see you at our March meeting, hear a poem that matters to you, and share poems that matter to us. We hope to see you there.

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