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A Message from the President, February, 2017
by Susan T. Moss, ISPS President
With the new year now underway, ISPS is busy gathering poetry submissions for April Poetry Month’s library displays centered on “travel.” Be sure to send your three poems no later than February 28, 2017, to email@example.com and your bylaw changes vote to Wilda Morris. Also consider joining with Poets and Patrons for an evening of reading personal work at After-Words Bookstore in Chicago on April 13. The owner is offering to sell our own books that evening from 5:30-8:00 p.m. This year ISPS will share a table at the Chicago Poetry Fest held on April 29 at the Harold Washington Library. Several interesting programs will be offered that day, and members’ books can be sold. Another future event will be in June with a joint art and poetry project sponsored by the Downers Grove Art League. More creative possibilities will be announced as time goes by. Members are invited to submit ideas for other opportunities to share poetry among ourselves and with the public.
In this politically charged time no matter what our personal beliefs, it is quite likely that our poetry has been affected. As we go forward flipping through calendar pages and tiptoeing through time, we can help record preferred outcomes and characteristics that improve the wellbeing of us all. Ron Asheton, punk guitarist of the Stooges, stated that “You take a little of the truth from everyone and mix it with a little of your blood and it comes out with your music.”
We are being challenged to make good observations and listen to a variety of information in order to write with an open mind and inquiring spirit. Through- out history, poets have been a source people turn to and can be influenced by when other voices are ignored or drowned out. Poetry can also be a powerful tool for guidance and restoring equilibrium. Thus, like so many poets who have gone before us and who live among us, we are part of a national and world project to make this a better place through the written and spoken word. As Adam Zagajewski’s poem, Poetry Searches For Radiance states, “Poetry searches for radiance,/poetry is the kingly road/that leads us farthest.”
Susan T. Moss
"Last Sunday" Reading, March 26, 2017
Chicago area poets Donna Pucciani and Sheila Elliott will be featured at Brewed Awakening, 19 West Quincy (across from the train station), Westmont, on Sunday, March 26, 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.
Donna Pucciani has published poetry on four continents in such diverse journals as Shi Chao Poetry, Poetry Salzburg, Journal of Italian Translation, Istanbul Literary Review, Journal of Medical Humanities, and Atlanta Review. Donna will be reading from her seventh book of poetry, Edges, as well as her new chapbook on her family in Italy, entitled Ghost Garden.
Sheila Elliott is a writer who strives to master many literary disciplines—poetry, in particular. Her fiction and poems have been published by the Oak Park Writers Group in their annual print anthology, and she is a frequent reader in the public reading program sponsored by that organization. Two of her poems were recognized for honors in the 80th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition, and her work has been recognized by Poets and Patrons in their annual poetry competition. A longtime member of the Illinois Women's Press Association, Elliott received First Place honors for special articles reporting from the IWPA in 2007. A native to the Chicago region, she lives in Oak Park.
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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