Poetry Club Talks…W.S. Merwin Part 1

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Topic: The poetry and life of W.S. Merwin
Host: Amory & Linda
Poem: “Thank You” & “For The Anniversary of My Death”
Recorded: January 16, 2021

Four W.S. Merwin Poems

Poetry Club discusses two poems by American poet W.S. Merwin (b.1927-d.2019), “Thank You” and “For the Anniversary of My Death”.  Linda starts us off with his biography, then Amory guides us through two of his poems.  Merwin had a simple life as a Zen Buddhist, pacifist, environmentalist, and writer.  Can we ever know what the author truly intends?  Safe to say, we walk away from the two poems in awe of his world-class abilities, and personal life. 

Next week we’ll discuss “In Time” and “Elegy For A Walnut Tree”  

We are asleep with compasses in our hands.

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…RC Weslowski Part 1

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Topic: RC Weslowski
Host: Shannon
Poems: “Sparks” and “PNE Love Affair”
Recorded: December 26, 2020

Sparks and PNE Love Affair

The use of Hyperbole, Onomatopoeia, the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), and one special four-letter word is a few of the topics Poetry Club considers in this week’s discussion of the Canadian poet RC Weslowski.

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 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.