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A Message from the President, April, 2015
by Susan T. Moss, ISPS President
As we drift into warmer days and ease of moving beyond housebound routines, I hope that you are going to respond to a recent survey of ISPS members about a possible future gathering to celebrate poetry. The three possible locations include the Chicago area, Pontiac or Springfield. This event could be one day or could be over a couple of days. Workshops, opportunities to read poetry and many yet-to-be decided plans would be offered. Please respond by hardcopy to the ISPS secretary, Wilda Morris, 499 Falcon Ridge Way, Bolingbrook, IL 60440 or by email to ISPS.PamL@gmail.com.
Another way to participate in sharing poetry is to attend this year’s National Federation of State Poetry Societies convention in St. Petersburg, Florida, from June 24-28. Several ISPS members plan to attend interesting workshops and enjoy camaraderie with new and known poets.
On the subject of sharing poetry, I was recently at two different events where cento poetry was written and presented. Cento is the Latin word for “patchwork,” and this type of poetry borrows lines from other poets to create a new poem. Variations of this could be phrases rather than a whole line, and even using your own work might be a good challenge. It’s important to clarify that the new poem is a cento or modification, however.
One more idea for trying something fresh for spring is to write a poem that will fit on a postcard and which relates to the picture on the card. It could be a persona poem from a traveler or a response to something observed or felt relating to the scene and perhaps include a salutation to a real or fictional reader.
Now that the blooming season has arrived, we might find new inspiration in the surprise of blue scilla waving like inland seascapes over lawns and parkways. Perhaps the call of cardinals and other birds awakens us from winter’s long nights. It’s surely a time when we find fresh reminders of life reinventing itself, just as we too discover ways and words to celebrate beginnings. As recently deceased poet Steve Kowit stated, "Let it all influence you."
Susan T. Moss
"Last Sunday" Reading, June 28, 2015
Two highly regarded Chicago-area poets, Charlotte Digregorio and Beth Staas, will be featured at Brewed Awakening, 19 West Quincy (across from the train station), Westmont, on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 12:30 PM. There will also be open mic. Cover charge of $7.00 includes coffee and a snack. The readings are sponsored by the Illinois State Poetry Society and Brewed Awakening.
Charlotte Digregorio is the author of six books including, Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All. Her books are sold in forty-four countries, and have been featured by book clubs. She has won thirty-three poetry awards and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She speaks at national writer's conferences, and is a writer-in-residence at universities. She hosted and produced, "Poetry Beat," a radio program on public broadcasting. She is the Second Vice President of the Haiku Society of America. She has given dozens of haiku workshops at libraries and schools, and judges national poetry contests. Her poems have been translated into six languages and are exhibited on public transit, in banks, supermarkets, museums, apparel shops, botanic gardens, restaurants, and libraries.
Beth Staas holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in English. She taught writing at the high school and college level for some twenty years and has been listed in Who’s Who among American Teachers. She has been published in numerous national periodicals. Her poetry has won or placed in numerous contests and has been included in several anthologies and websites. Three of her novels are listed on Amazon.com, the most recent entitled Beside the Golden Door, a family memoir. She is past president and current treasurer of Poets and Patrons and member of ISPS and Poets Club of Chicago.
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