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A Message from the President, August, 2015
by Susan T. Moss, ISPS President
As we drift into late summer and all seasonal topics seem to have been exhausted like the last blooms, perhaps it will be time to try some other ideas to fill our poetry journals. As mentioned in past “Messages,” there are many approaches, topics and outcomes that are waiting for us to explore. Recently, another poet questioned whether it was okay to write poems on political topics, often ones that require closer scrutiny and then take a personal point of view. The history of poetry verifies the embracing of this subject and how, in many cases, it doesn’t have to “shout” or defame in order to get its messages across. Some pieces by Linda Pastan or Adrienne Rich offer examples. This kind of poetry can also help the writer explore a particular issue and find a venue for objecting to or supporting an idea or event including an array of environmental topics.
Another variation of a past discussion in this forum relates to personal heritage. The present United States poet laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, fills much of his poetry with his historical interest in and personal connection to immigrant life. He spent his youth helping his parents work in other peoples’ farm fields and has drawn from those Chicano experiences. We too can explore our heritage to further interpret how it might directly or subtly influence our mannerisms, thinking and even unexplained proclivities for certain places, music or food. Like writing music, setting our distant past and more recent stories to poetry can provide new insights and encourage possible fresh styles. Miguel de Unamuno said, “From your work you will be able one day to gather yourself.” Stepping out of our usual poetic endeavors by looking to our family background might offer the next personal new horizon.
With our poetry contest postmark deadline of September 10, we have a wonderful opportunity to submit recent and past work for eight categories. Be sure to note the new choices and check the ISPS website for guidelines.
Susan T. Moss
"Last Sunday" Reading, September 27, 2015
ISPS poets Susan T. Moss and Gail Goepfert will be featured poets at Brewed Awakening, 19 West Quincy (across from the train station), Westmont, on Sunday, September 27 at 12:30 p.m. Music from 2:00-2:30 TBA. Cover charge of $7.00 includes coffee and a snack. There will also be an open mic. Sponsored by the Illinois State Poetry Society and Brewed Awakening.
Susan T. Moss has two chapbooks, In From The Dark (Antrim House Press, 2015) and Keep Moving ‘til The Music Stops (Lily Pool/Swamp Press, 2006). Presently, she is serving a third term as President of Illinois State Poetry Society and is also a member of Poets and Patrons and Poets Club of Chicago. Her work has appeared in many journals including After Hours, Caduceus, Vermont Literary Review and has been featured on Your Daily Poem several times. Susan was granted a residency at the Vermont Studio Center and holds a Master of Arts from Middlebury College, the Bread Loaf School of English.
Gail Goepfert is a poet, amateur photographer, and teacher. Currently, she is an associate editor of RHINO Poetry. Her first chapbook, A Mind on Pain, was released by Finishing Line Press in 2015. Her publications include Ardor, After Hours, Caesura, Crab Orchard Review, Florida English, Jet Fuel Review, Examined Life Journal, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and Room Magazine. Her teaching of poetry flowered into writing. She’s been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. Her photographs appear in print or online at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Olentangy Review, 3Elements Review, After Hours Press, and Rattle.
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