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It’s been a year of very successful poetry studies. Thank you all for your inspiring poetic contributions and thoughtful interpretations. I must tell you that I enjoy our gatherings very much…who would have thought that a group of such disparate people could find a wealth of common ground through a shared interest in verse.

Jason Shinder (1955-2008)

Jason Shinder (1955-2008)

I was moved to write this post when I came across this eulogy of Jason Shinder in the NY Times. Born in 1955, he was our contemporary or thereabouts. I hadn’t heard of Jason Shinder before, sadly. But reading the article, his apparent passion for poetry reminded me of our little group. He didn’t publish much of his own poetry. The article quotes him as saying, “I’m not that good yet, but I’ll get there.” Instead, he spent his time editing a number of poetry anthologies, an activity which is not unlike our monthly thematic adventures where we find common threads across a gamut of poems.

You can read some of Jason’s poetry at the Academy of American Poets site.

Happy New Year to all you poetry fans. I wish you much peace, love and harmony in 2009! And I can’t wait to hear what poems you’ll come up with next!

Peace, Love, & Harmony

Peace, Love, & Harmony

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