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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
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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Did I Miss Anything asks Tom Wayman (thanks Karen). I missed our December gathering, sadly. But folks were taking good notes and forwarded on the poems that were shared.

This was our first meeting with a theme. Frances chose “work.”

Dear fellow rhymers and readers
I received a suggestion about themes
But as a group without definite leaders
Might I suggest Labor or work as one
this time?If you haven’t yet chosen a poem,
Google Work or Mondays, or some
Such rhyme for tomorrow’s tea
And we shall celebrate the lack thereof
As we kick back and read free.

Here are our work poems. She wrote me that they were very diverse with a couple of them “containing enough interesting elements to make them the equivalent of a book.” Just don’t work too hard while reading them.

Philip Levine (1928- ) Pulitzer prize winner, 1994-  bio 

 The Two

Wang Ping (1957- )

On a Playground in Park Slope

Edwin Markham (1985-1940) – bio

The Man with the Hoe – a tribute to Jean Millet’s painting

The Man with the Hoe by Jean Millet

Johan Esser and Wolfgang Langhoff

Die Moorsoldaten (Peat Bog Soldiers) – a political resisatance song composed in a German concentraton camp. Lyrics are here. Audio is here in English and here in German.

Brandon Adamson  – bio

Workout Plan

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On Sunday, October 21, we indulged in high tea at Karen’s house and read the following poems:

Wislawa Szymborska (1923- ) Nobel prize winner, 1996 –  bio

The Railroad Station

Anne Sexton (1928-1974) – bio

Just Once

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) – bio

The Last Invocation

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) – bio

A Supermarket in California


Ogden Nash (1902-1971) – bio

Song the Open Road – a parody of Joyce Kilmer’s Trees

Patricia MacLachlan & Emily MacLachlan Charest – Patricia’s bio, Emily’s bio

Once I Ate a Pie

Wang Ping (1957- ) – bio


Edwin Morgan (1920- ) – bio

A View of Things

Strawberries – audio by Hamish White and Liz Cameron

Siesta of a Hungarian Snake

Loch Ness Monster’s Song –audio

Paul Muldoon (1951- ) – bio, profile in The New York Times

A Hummingbird

Tupak Shakur (1971-1996)

Untitled rap “Please wake me when I’m free”

Jane Hirshfield (1953- ) – bio

The Stone of Heaven

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