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Upcoming ISPS Meetings
A Message from the President, October, 2013
by Susan T. Moss, ISPS President
The power of poetry should never be underestimated. Recently, the BBC interviewed several veiled women in Kabul, Afghanistan, who meet to recite their poems condemned by warlords. One woman wrote of such things as smoking with a lover and thereby, broke taboos and was forced to flee for her life. These women write of forbidden freedoms commonly embraced by Western cultures and with their poems, they attempt to break down barriers and shift moral judgments.
While most of us are not living behind a literal veil, when we write we too need to cross barriers, whether they be internal blocks or a hesitation to declare truths against issues that threaten society’s well-being, for example. Poetry has the capacity to analyze, persuade, initiate, captivate, assuage and entertain, among others. Possibilities are only limited by our imagination and ability to formulate ideas.
When we are complicit in writing what touches us and which insists on being said, personal insights can be revealed. With a willingness to open ourselves to deeper knowledge which we intentionally or unconsciously hide, our poetry can grow in previously unsuspected ways. The process of continually unmasking and experimenting, delving deeper and pushing the limits of self-expression can help us discover our own freedom to communicate. It can be a pleasant surprise to meet a stranger speaking of more than “shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings...” and realize that it is ourselves.
Now that fall is at full throttle and winter not far behind, I wish for each of you holidays filled with peace and joy.
Susan T. Moss
"Last Sunday" Reading, January 26, 2014
Poets will be featured readers at Brewed Awakening, 19 West Quincy (across from the train station), Westmont, on Sunday, January 26, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Cover charge of $7.00 includes coffee and a snack. Other poets are invited to participate in an open mic (bring a variety of your poems). Sponsored by the Illinois State Poetry Society and Brewed Awakening.
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