Poetry Club Talks…Margaret Atwood Part 2

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Topic: Margaret Atwood’s “Dearly”
Host: Ron
Poems: “Passport” and poems 1, 3, 7 of “Plasticene Suite”
Recorded: February 13, 2021

“Passport” and “PLASTICENE SUITE”

Poetry Club explores two more poems in the newly released collection “Dearly” by Margaret Atwood.  The poems spur many questions.  Do we keep items like full passports to preserve information, or do they help define our identity?  Can humankind end our dependence on plastic and return to the life described by Atwood “..with only paper and glass and tin with hemp and leather and oilskin?”

Ron is the host and shares this message: “Hello, poetry club types.  The attachment provides a dozen poems from Margaret Atwood’s recently published book, “Dearly.”  I have highlighted in bold half a dozen that might provide a focus for our discussion this coming Saturday.  It will be fine with me if we devote some time to all of them.”

“Margaret Eleanor Atwood, CC OOnt CH FRSC (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, teacher, environmental activist, and inventor. Since 1961, she has published 18 books of poetry, 18 novels, 11 books of non-fiction, nine collections of short fiction, eight children’s books, and two graphic novels, as well as a number of small press editions of both poetry and fiction. Atwood has won numerous awards and honors for her writing, including the Booker Prize (twice), Arthur C. Clarke Award, Governor General’s Award, Franz Kafka Prize, Princess of Asturias Awards, and the National Book Critics and PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Awards.[2] A number of her works have been adapted for film and television.” -Wikipedia

Please visit her site to purchase “Dearly” http://margaretatwood.ca/
All poems are copyright and owned by Margaret Atwood
sited: Atwood, Margaret. Dearly. McClelland & Stewart, 2020.

Poetry Club Talks…Margaret Atwood Part 1

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Topic: Margaret Atwood’s “Dearly”
Host: Ron
Poems: “Blizzard” and “Late Poems”
Recorded: February 6, 2021

“Blizzard” and “Late Poems”

Canadian artists lace the minds of Poetry Club this Saturday.  At the beginning of our discussion, we reflect briefly on the career of actor Christopher Plummer, who passed away the day before we met, on February 5th.
Then on the agenda, we begin a two-part series exploring the new poetry work of Margaret Atwood.  Ron is the host and shares this message: 
“Hello, poetry club types.  The attachment provides a dozen poems from Margaret Atwood’s recently published book, “Dearly.”  I have highlighted in bold half a dozen that might provide a focus for our discussion this coming Saturday.  It will be fine with me if we devote some time to all of them.”

“Margaret Eleanor Atwood, CC OOnt CH FRSC (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, teacher, environmental activist, and inventor. Since 1961, she has published 18 books of poetry, 18 novels, 11 books of non-fiction, nine collections of short fiction, eight children’s books, and two graphic novels, as well as a number of small press editions of both poetry and fiction. Atwood has won numerous awards and honors for her writing, including the Booker Prize (twice), Arthur C. Clarke Award, Governor General’s Award, Franz Kafka Prize, Princess of Asturias Awards, and the National Book Critics and PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Awards.[2] A number of her works have been adapted for film and television.” -Wikipedia

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Please visit her site to purchase “Dearly” http://margaretatwood.ca/
All poems are copyright and owned by Margaret Atwood
sited: Atwood, Margaret. Dearly. McClelland & Stewart, 2020.

Poetry Club Talks…W.S. Merwin Part 2

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Topic: W.S. Merwin
Host: Amory & Linda
Poem: “Elegy For A Walnut Tree” 
Recorded: January 30, 2021

Four W.S. Merwin Poems

Today Poetry Club discusses…everything and nothing. Friends gathering for a check-in during the pandemic, wandering from topic to topic.  Amory shares a book review of  “Before the Ever After” by Jacqueline Woodson about NFL players that suffered concussions.  We also share the story of our scars, and the success of another local podcast and celebrate Lynn’s first commission check from Village Books. Most importantly we explore W.S. Merwin’s poem “Elegy For A Walnut Tree”.

“Appointed United States Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress in 2010, William Stanley Merwin had a career that spanned seven decades. A poet, translator, gardener and environmental activist, Merwin has become one of the most widely read and honored poets in America.  He died at home at the age of 91, in the house he built, among the thousands of palms he planted, on Friday, March 15, 2019.” 

Please visit Merwin’s website to learn more about his  legacy:  https://merwinconservancy.org/

Poetry Club Talks…Amanda Gorman

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>>A Special Presidential Inauguration Edition<<

Topic: Amanda Gorman
Host: Poetry Club
Poem: “The Hill We Climb”
Recorded: January 23, 2021

The Hill We Climb

Ron asks, “Has a single poem ever had such an impact?”  Poetry Club takes on this question and more as we share our thoughts & feelings of the Inauguration week, and examine “The Hill We Climb”  –What a week it was!

Amanda Gorman was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from Harvard University in 2020.
She is the author of the poetry collection The Hill We Climb (Viking, September 2021) and The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough (Penmanship Books, 2015). In 2017 Gorman was named the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States. She previously served as the youth poet laureate of Los Angeles, and she is the founder and executive director of One Pen One Page, an organization providing free creative writing programs for underserved youth. (poets dot org)
Gorman was selected by President Biden to read an original poem for his Inauguration on January 20, 2021, making her the youngest poet to have served in this role.

https://www.theamandagorman.com/

Poetry Club Talks…RC Weslowski Part 2

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Topic: RC Weslowski
Host: Shannon
Poem: “Follow Your Dreams”
Recorded: January 2, 2021

Follow Your Dreams

In part two, Poetry Club enthusiastically examines RC Weslowski’s “Follow Your Dreams”, a three-minute slam performance poem.  The work brings up many questions such as is slam poetry poetry, and if so HOW do you approach it? We also explore if “writing hungry” produces better work and does success ruin the quality of creative expression or strengthen it. 

Thank you, RC for sharing your words.  We really enjoyed your three poems. -Poetry Club

RC Weslowski is the 2016 Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret award winner for excellence and innovation in the spoken word. He’s a 2 time World Cup of Poetry Slam Finalist, A Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion,  A Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Haiku Champion, A CFSW Underground Indie Champion, A CFSW Team Slam Champion, an NPS Haiku Death Match Runner Up, an NPS Team Slam Finalist and COACH of the 2014 Vancouver Youth Slam Team national champions.

RC gave us permission to discuss his poetry.  The poems attached belong to RC Weslowski.  Do not use without his permission.

Please visit his website to watch videos and learn more about this fascinating person.
http://rcweslowski.com/

Poetry Club Talks…Composition Styles Part 3

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Topic: Composition Methods
Host: Ron Leatherbarrow
Poems: “Housekeeper”, “River Ink”, “Her Hands”
Recorded: December 19, 2020

In our final episode exploring personal styles of poetry composition, Shannon shares three poems written at different times, 2010, 2012, 2016, when her style shifted.  Her background in broadcasting plays an unexpected role, not only in her composition but also in the presentation.

Housekeeper, River Ink, & Her Hands

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Poetry Club Talks…Composition Styles Part 1

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Topic: Composition Methods
Host: Ron Leatherbarrow
Poems: “Gratitude”, “His Hat”
Recorded: December 12, 2020

Three of us volunteered to share poems and talk about our composition methods.  First up is Linda who shares two poems “Gratitude” and “His Hat” (below). She talks about that moment during the construction of a poem when a spark hits, why it’s difficult for her to “scrap” a poem midway, and more.

Gratitude, His Hat

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Poetry Club Talks…Louise Gluck Pt2

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Topic: Louise Gluck
Host: Linda and Amory
Poems: “Parable of the Hostages”
Recorded: November 28, 2020

Our first two-parter!
When Louise Gluck won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2020, the NYT recognized that many were unfamiliar with her work. One of their writers posted five poems, from five different collections, to introduce her. 
In Part 2 Poetry Club discusses Gluck’s poem “Parable of the Hostages”

Poetry Club Talks…Louise Gluck Pt1

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Topic: Louise Gluck
Host: Linda and Amory
Poems: “New World” and “Matins”
Recorded: November 21, 2020

Our first two-parter!
When Louise Gluck won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2020, the NYT recognized that many were unfamiliar with her work. One of their writers posted five poems, from five different collections, to introduce her. Linda shares a brief Gluck bio and Amory introduces two poems.
In Part 2 Poetry Club discusses Gluck’s poem “Parable of the Hostages”

 

Poetry Club Talks…Methods and Strategies for Composing

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Topic: Methods and Strategies for Composing

Hosted: Ron

Poem: “Altered Landscape” by Ron

Recorded November 14, 2020

Ron puts his money where his mouth is by submitting his own poem (below) for this week’s discussion on strategies for composing.

On a yet uneventful fall morning 
we tuned in, all channels, to news breaking.
We saw the monolithic twins tower
beyond the New York City skyline, higher arching   

emblems of America’s enormous
wealth, unassailable power,
and leadership in world affairs;
and life-source of our nation’s busy-ness    

The planes appeared, at first, 
at the bottom of the screen, 
by their diminutive presence,  
simply to augment the scene,
then, turning toward the center,
disclosed their sinister intent: 
to shatter our national serene    
and apprise us of the error   
of our culture and content,  
by a sacrifice obscene,             
and realize the awful threat of terror.       

then collapse in a cascade more sudden
than our startled eyes and minds could follow    
into a burgeoning mountain of rubble, 
the billowing dust veiling the vast hollow,    

and watched the constant replay, mesmerized,
unable to withdraw our captive sight
or avoid awareness of the massive scale of life
entombed within that monumental blight,    

on the altered landscape of our lives
condemned always to carry the remnants:    
seared mercilessly in each mind’s eye,
the indelible images and events.