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We laughed and laughed to welcome the summer sun of Karen’s kitchen on June 8. Billy Collins inspires us.

Humor is just an ingredient.  It’s one of the humours if you will of the human spirit, as well as grief and loneliness and whatever other emotional notes we are able to flag on ourselves. I don’t see why it needs to be questioned. You could just as easily ask why is there so much seriousness in poetry?   –Billy Collins 

Billy Collins (1941- ) – bio

The Revenant

I Chop Some Parsley While Listening to Art Blakey’s Version of “Three Blind Mice”

Roger McGough (1937- ) – bio

Survivor

Ogden Nash (1902-1971) – bio

A Word to Husbands

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) – bio

I’m Nobody! Who Are You?

John Hollander (1929 – ) – bio

Being Stung by a Bee on the Lexington Avenue Local

Bee on a Flower

Bee on a Flower by dad 9-1-08

Edward Lear (1812-1888) – bio

The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jumblies

The Jumblies

Dog Haiku

Ogden Nash

The Cow

The Ostrich

The Turtle

The Parent

The Fly

The Termite

Song of the Open Road

The Panther (audio)

The Eel

The Hippopotamus

The Dog

Shel Silverstein (1930-1999) – bio

Anteater

Messy Room

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) – bio

Resumeaudio

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The theme for February’s meeting was food poems

Updated our little Web site be
With notes from our last reverie
Of dressing and undressing free
And of mystery that perplexes me.
Our next meeting already set
On February 24 at 4 don’t fret.
A light repast awaits, you can bet.
Have I disappointed yet?
Then while our appetites we sate
With abundance from the plate
We shall give over to our fate.
With poems about food, let us celebrate.
 Here are the poems that we read. Thank you for all your contributions. Here’s my tribute to you in the style of William Carlos Williams.
This Is What I Say
I have updated
the site
that is on
the Internet

and which
you were probably
waiting
to read

Thank you
Your poems were delicious
so sweet
and so bold

Ben Jonson (1572-1637) – bio
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) – bio
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) – bio
D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930) – bio
Laura Riding (1901-1999) – bio
Another Apple
Donald Hall, U.S. poet laureate  (1928- )
Wang Ping (1957- ) – bio
Robert Southey (1774-1843) – bio
Ogden Nash (1902-1971) – bio
Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) – bio
Jack Prelutsky (1940- ) – bio
Kim Addonizio (1954- ) – bio
Shel Silverstein (1930-1999) – bio
Frank Jacobs – bio
Carol Muske-Dukes (1945- ) – bio

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On January 20 we gathered at Jan’s to share our poems about clothing. As Jan says,

Poetry has always been drawn to the subject of dress and undress…

Thus it’s the topic I’ve chosen
be it tunics or robes
or blouses of silk
pantaloons, trousers or lieder hosen.

Poets, it seems, have indeed had a lot to say about what we wear. If it weren’t so, our meeting would not have run so long. We almost didn’t have enough time to give each contribution its due.

Honor Moore (1945- ) – bioessay by Meghan Cleary about shoe poems

New Shoes

Red Shoes

Charles Simic (1938- ), current Poet Laureate – bio from the Library of Congress

My Shoes

Anonymous – Although this poem, which criticizes Black people for buying clothing from racist companies, has been attributed to Maya Angelou, her Web site claims she has no affiliation with it.

Clothes

Marge Piercy (1936- ) – bio

My Mother’s Body – We read section 3.

Donall Dempseybio – haiku entitled “Divesting Oneself of One’s Clothing”

Tree does a striptease
the dance of the thousand leaves
naked in sunset.

Pablo Neruda – (1904-1973) – bio

Ode to Clothing

Anne Sexton – (1928-1974) – bio

Woman with Girdle

The Red Shoes (scroll about halfway down the page)

Robert Herrick (1591-1674) – bio

Upon Julia’s Clothes

Judith Viorst (1931- ) – bio

Sad Underwear

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) – bio

The Sicilian’s Tale; King Robert of Sicily

 William Shakespeare (1564-1616) – bio

Hamlet
Act I. Scene III
Polonius to Laertes
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy;
For the apparel oft proclaims the man,
And they in France of the best rank and station
Are of a most select and generous chief in that.

Shel Silverstein (1930-1999)

Tryin’ On Clothes

Robert Pinsky (1940- ) –bio

Shirt

Anne Waldman (1945- ) –bio

Makeup on Empty Space

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