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A Message from the President, February, 2017
by Susan T. Moss, ISPS President
The public library poetry displays were a big success this April. With the theme of travel, many interesting and varied interpretations gave observers a variety of poems about places and ideas related to the topic. This yearly project, which sometimes drifts into May, offers members an opportunity to address a larger audience and thereby put work out into the world. Many thanks to Sheila Kirscher for collecting, collating and dispensing all the submissions. Thank you also to all those who created the various displays in libraries throughout the state.
I recently had the privilege of judging a contest that included three youth categories. What I found in many of the poems was a vivid and thoughtful chronicling of concerns about justice toward refugees, gender-related issues, racial prejudice, respect for self and others, establishing one’s place in the world, as well as recognizing the beauty in nature and our relation to the planet.
These entries had the capacity to provoke controversy as well as joy. Each of them offered insight as to what young people can and do think about as they mature. Youthful angst, fears, confusion, love and compassion were among the emotions often succinctly expressed. Hopefully, their endeavors will evolve into lifelong passionate efforts to capture life in imaginative connections between topic and expression.
When reading adult poetry, some of the questions posed in youth have been resolved while other concerns linger to be contemplated more deeply as we experience and examine life. Some of the topics reflect the greater human endeavor to resolve difficult situations that have always haunted humanity. In any event, our poetry can be a journal of our personal existence—a record of varying stages of discovery and a way to break the silence of our lives.
Susan T. Moss
"Last Sunday" Reading, April 30, 2017
Chicago area poets Tom Roby and Jenene Ravesloot will be featured at Brewed Awakening, 19 West Quincy (across from the train station), Westmont, on Sunday, April 30, 2016, at 12:30 PM. There will also be an open mic. Cover charge of $10.00 includes coffee and a snack. The event is sponsored by the Illinois State Poetry Society and Brewed Awakening.
Tom Roby publishes and performs his poetry in Chicago and also leads workshops and critiques. Tom is the president of The Poets’ Club of Chicago and has developed The Poetry Wheel and The Omniphonic Poetry Trio with Jenene Ravesloot and Lem Roby. Tom’s poems have appeared in print and online, including: Packingtown Review, After Hours Press, Poetry Fish, and Frog Pond. Some of his readings can be viewed on YouTube. Tom has written three books of poetry, most recently Pressure Points. Two of Tom’s poems have been made into a video poem by a member of The Poetry Storehouse and Pool.
Jenene Ravesloot is a member of The Poets’ Club of Chicago, ISPS, and Poets & Patrons. She has written five books of poetry, including her newest book Sliders. Her poems have been published in the Caravel Literary Arts Journal, After Hours Press, Connotation Press, Packingtown Review, The Miscreant, Exact Change Only Press, The Poetry Storehouse, and other journals online and in print.
Order Distilled Lives, Volume 3, ISPS Poetry AnthologyDistilled Lives, Volume 3, showcases the talented voices of sixty-seven Illinois State Poetry Society member poets who deal in a variety of styles about personal catastrophes and triumphs, grounded by the seasons and values of America’s heartland. Quiet pleasures along with quiet griefs are given the same dose of wit and wisdom honed by the work of those with rolled-up sleeves in overalls as well as those with daily commuter passes in briefcases. This is a collection of powerful human stories lived with uniquely Midwestern ethics.
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Order Distilled Lives, Volume 2, ISPS Poetry AnthologyDistilled Lives, Volume 2, is a rich and diverse collection of poetry from members of the Illinois State Poetry Society. Represented in the anthology are new word-crafters alongside poets in their nineties who have been writing throughout their lives. There are first-timers as well as Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominee James Reiss and the prolific Joan Colby and Jacob Erin-Cilberto, each with more than a dozen volumes to their credit. You will find formal forms, poems with stylized messages, rhymed lines, and prose-poem paragraphs.The lives distilled here offer a panoply of poetic style and individual creativity, a challenging and comforting gift of words offered by eighty-one representatives of ISPS.
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Order Distilled Lives, Volume 1, ISPS Poetry AnthologySeventy-five members of Illinois State Poetry Society have, as their 20th anniversary anthology's title promises, distilled life with its vicissitudes and revelations. Poems weave universal themes in rhyme and free verse while presenting fresh, provocative and sometimes metaphysical insights. Humor, pathos, reverie and existentialism, among other diverse tones, combine in this entertaining and insightful collection.
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