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Upcoming ISPS Meetings
A Message from the President, August, 2014
by Susan T. Moss, ISPS President
The big news is the publication of our second volume of Distilled Lives containing eighty-one of our members' poetry. It also has wonderful blurbs by Kevin Stein, Illinois Poet Laureate; Estella Lauter, Door County Poet Laureate; Jeremy Downes, most recent past President of NFSPS; and Ralph Hamilton, Rhino Poetry Editor. If you didn't submit this year, consider the next opportunity and in the meantime, get an anthology to enjoy reading an exciting variety of poems.
Now that the annual NFSPS convention is over, Judith Tullis, Kathy Cotton, Jim Lambert, Gary Ketchum, Amy Jo Zook and I have several good poetry-related ideas and also ways that might enrich what ISPS could offer its members. Next year's gathering sounds very promising and will be held in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Some highlights of this year's presentations might be useful or at least interesting. For example, Rob Carney mentioned that our poems could help deconstruct myths, but we should consider creating our own primal myths and origin stories. Poems can also make someone or something special. They offer ways to turn a complex idea into the familiar and find a name for the shadows of our lives. Each effort should incorporate action verbs and avoid "flourish."
Diane Glancy stated that we need to "order the disorder" of our ideas and express the heartbeat of a poem. The outcome is a mediation between "a hostile world and us" as Picasso also tried to achieve in his art.
A lecture by Joel Long emphasized reaching beyond self to write something new and then discover what we didn't know before the poem took us there. We gather the things we need and refer to them through images, ideas, theme and story details. Follow the sound of the poem to attain the music it holds.
Good poems, according to Lance Larson, need a "volta" (turn). This is a sudden leap to a different terrain – the heart that reconfigures the poem. Shakespeare's sonnets offer examples with pithy moments as does haiku in the second or possibly third line. The juxtaposition of two opposites often work to setup a turn, and there can be more than one in longer poems.
Perhaps, as the proverbial saying states, "there is nothing new under the sun"; however, there is much to learn, construct and enjoy in the forging of poetry.
Susan T. Moss
"Last Sunday" Reading, November 30, 2014
Seasonal Poetry will be featured at an Open Mic at Brewed Awakening, 19 West Quincy (across from the METRA station), Westmont, on Sunday, November 30, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Bring poems about winter weather (including winter nature poems), winter holidays (including Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years’ Day, and Martin Luther King Day), poems about historic events that took place in December, January or February) and poems about famous people born in one of those three months. There will be small prizes in each of the above categories. Cover charge of $7.00 includes coffee and a snack. Bill and Caroline Johnson will provide seasonal music from noon until 12:30. Sponsored by the Illinois State Poetry Society and Brewed Awakening.
Brewed Awakening is not open the last Sunday of December, so there will be no reading December 28.
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