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For our January meeting, we focused on poets who had earned a distinctive honor in celebration of poetry coming back to the inaugural activities.

Maxine Kumin (1925- ) – Pulitzer prize winner for Poems of New England in 1972, Poet Laureate of New Hampshire

Jack

Kay Ryan (1945- ) – appointed the 16th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry by the Library of Congress

Duck
Turtle
The Edges or Time
Patience
A Cat/A Future
Things Shouldn’t Be So Hard

Robert Frost (1874-1963) –  delivered poem at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961

The Gift Outright

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) – first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone

Annabel Lee

Maya Angelou (1928- ) – delivered poem at Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993

Still I Rise
Woman Work
On the Pulse of Morning
The Health-Food Diner

Wislawa Symborska (1923-) – Nobel laureate, 1996

Under One Small Star
Utopia

Margaret Atwood (1939- ) – multiple award winner for poetry and literature

Is/Not
More and More

Gabriela Mistral (Lucila Godoy y Alcayaga) (1889-1957) – first female Latin American poet to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1945.

Anniversary
The Stranger
I Am Not Alone

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Bullet Traveling Through AirIn April, we shared poems about traveling through the air. Diana hosted, inviting us with a lovely little poem:

Along Jersey’s highways and byways,
I sought a topic for the poems
that we will read when we next gather,
April 13, at Frances’s home.

I wish I could outwit distance
and entertain all you poetic folks
here in my five-cat condo
deep in Queens, New York-Glen Oaks.

Instead I’ve settled on a theme
that can fly high, or far, or wide;
my idea is “traveling through the air,”
as by jet, or feathered wings, or power of mind.

So, with many thanks to Frances,
we return to where it all began.
Note that my culinary skills rely on simple foods
if I don’t enlist the aid of husband Dan.

And I won’t ask Dan to cook, but please to drive,
for to me New Jersey is a shape-shifting state.
I hope to see all of you at our appointed time*
with verses to share, and savor, and debate.
*(As usual, 4 p.m.)

 David Pedlow

Viewed from Another Angle

Antoine de Saint Exupery (1900-1944) – bio

Night Flight

John Gillespie Magee, Jr. (1922-1941) – bio

High Flight

Anne Sexton (1928-1974) – bio

To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph

Tony Curtis (1946- ) – bio

Icarus

W. H. Auden (1907-1973) – bio

Musee des Beaux Arts

 

Rita Dove (1952- ) – bio

Vacation

Yusef Komunyakaa (1947- ) – bio

Facing It

Brenda Shaughnessy (1970- ) – bio

Drift

William Stafford (1914-1993) – bio

Knowing Where You Are

Maxine Kumin (1925- ) – bio

Flying

Jack Prelutsky (1940- ) – bio

I Am Riding on a Cloud

Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) – bio

Invitation to Miss Marianne Moore

William Carlos Williams (1881-1963) – bio

Landscape With the Fall of Icarus

Read more about ekphrasis poetry such as Williams’ Landscape With the Fall of Icarus and Auden’s Musee des Beaux Arts which were both written about Brueghel’s painting entitled Icarus.

 Icarus

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