Our December meeting of PoetryMatters kicked off with one member giving a spirited reading of Just for Christmas by Eugene Fields and ended with the weighty words of Katie Ford’s From the Nursery. In between we heard Margaret Atwood’s February, Mark Strand’s Eating Poetry and Keeping Things Short, Diane Seuss’s It Wasn’t a Dream: I Knew William Burroughs, and Ford’s Our Long War. These poems varied greatly in tone, context, and voice, and our discussion followed this meandering path as we laughed in places, let sadness sit in our midst at others, and as always freely discussed the words of these poets.
PoetryMatters will next meet on Friday, January 22, 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.
This group was started with the idea that poetry is as vibrant and necessary today as it ever has been. We’re used to skimming articles and social media feeds online, hardly paying attention to the words. Poetry slows us down, forces us to reflect on the power inherent in well-selected words. We’d love to see you at our January meeting, hear a poem that matters to you, share poems that matter to us. It’ll be a new year by the time we meet, but no matter the year, Poetry Matters.