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David Christensen
Don Cornwell
Patricia Gangas
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Martha S. Moss
John Pawlik
Doyle Raymond Vines
Paul J. Wolf
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Welcome to this Web site for the Illinois State Poetry Society, connecting ISPS members with each other and with the general public. Here you'll find information for and about this group of serious poets. Since June of 2000 we have been posting bimonthly editions of poetry written by ISPS members. All ISPS members are invited to submit a poem each two-month period. (How and when to submit) You are invited to read the ISPS member poems posted in June 2015 as well as previous postings.

To join ISPS through June, , please fill out our Membership Form and mail it with a check for $20.00. You don't have to be an Illinois resident to join ISPS, but you do need to be an ISPS member to have your poems posted in this Web site.

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A Message from the President, July, 2015

by Susan T. Moss, ISPS President

Susan T. Moss

Summer is moving steadily forward, and one of the mileposts is the annual National Federation of State Poetry Societies convention. This year's event was a very successful gathering held in St. Petersburg, Florida. ISPS had nine attending members who enjoyed the various presentations including cowboy poetry read by a horse-riding, cow-roping Florida wrangler to writing surrealistic poems at the Dali Museum.

Peter Meinke, the new poet laureate of Florida, read as did nationally known Lola Haskins plus several other Florida poets. In addition, several couples presented a panel to discuss how they negotiate their respective artistic lives together.

One of the highlights of this year's convention was the number of Illinois poets who won awards from honorable mentions to first place. Our unofficial count at the convention was twenty-nine awards in varying categories. We also had three Manningham winners. A special congratulations to Max Seifert for his winning chapbook, The Hole of Everything, Nebraska.

After hearing two different approaches to cowboy poems by the aforementioned Doyle James Rigdon, and another poet, Sean Sexton, the concept of regionalism (place) as a poetry genre opens many content opportunities. Within this type of writing, culture and ethnicity might also influence the material. If we look at our own local neighborhoods, there may be different influences that can offer dialects, jargon, landscape, customs, food and so forth that can add new ways to address the familiar and produce a sublimity in our writing.

Another avenue to creating new work might be trying three techniques of surrealist poetry: automatic writing (just write everyday about something), dreams (interpretation of personal dreams), and juxtaposing realities (taking apart what's "real" and reassembling it in creative ways). Another approach to making new work is erasure poetry. Pick basically any written work and start to remove words or parts of them until there is some kind of final piece that offers something different than the original material offered. This type of exercise is part of the "found poetry" genre.

Whether it's fantastical content, local character or many other approaches to creating poems, one of the gifts poetry can offer is the preservation of personal and community history and as Meinke stated, "emotional history of the world."

Happy writing,

Susan T. Moss

Archive of Presidents' Messages

"Last Sunday" Reading, August 30, 2015

Poets will be featured at Brewed Awakening, 19 West Quincy (across from the train station), Westmont, on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 12:30 PM. There will also be open mic. Cover charge of $7.00 includes coffee and a snack.The readings are sponsored by the Illinois State Poetry Society and Brewed Awakening.

Order Distilled Lives, Volume 1, ISPS Poetry Anthology

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Seventy-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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