The Poetry Forum Meets Monthly

poetry-forum-logoThe Poetry Forum’s next meeting will be Monday, August 18 at 4 pm in the Winter’s Room, Main Library. Please join us!

Read the poem of the month below. . .

The Poetry Forum is a chance for anyone and everyone to read, discuss, explore or just listen to poetry in a relaxing setting. No level of expertise is required, only an interest in and a desire to share and enjoy new and favorite poems and poets with others.

Lifelong poetry lover or just curious?

Focusing on published works, the Poetry Forum is a chance for anyone and everyone to read, discuss, explore or just listen to poetry in a relaxing setting. No level of expertise is required, only an interest in and a desire to share and enjoy new and favorite poems and poets with others.

At each meeting, members of the group have the chance to offer their favorites or share “found” pieces, followed by a discussion of a featured poet.

The only real rule is to have fun. Hosted by Ani Apelian, the Poetry Forum meets the third Monday of every month in the Winters Room in the main library building, to read and discuss published poets.

No need to register. Those wishing to attend need only to show up at 4pm to join in the discussions. For further information contact Mr. Shawn Newcomer at 326-0536 or by email.

July Poem of the Month

I, too,
by Langston Hughes

I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”
Then.

Besides,
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.

James Langston Hughes [1902-1967] Listen to Langston Hughes read this poem recorded in 1955

Previous Poems of the Month

June '14 : Dead Waters by Marge Piercy
May '14 : A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman
April '14 : The Vow by Alicia Suskin Ostriker
March '14 : Once I Walked Out by Mark Wunderlich
February '14: Eating Alone by Li-Young Lee
January '14: Eating Alone by Li-Young Lee
December '13: Friend by Jean Valentine
November '13: The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry
October '13: A Coat by William Butler Yeats
August '13: Prodigy by Charles Simic
July '13: The Way It Is by William Stafford
June '13: I Go Down to the Shore by Mary Oliver