Monday, June 14, 2010

Poetry Session on June 11, 2010

This was one of our longer poetry sessions. We read from Dylan Thomas, Walter Scott, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Yang Lian, Nissim Ezekiel, Kabir Das, John Crowe Ransom, Alun Lewis, and Rudyard Kipling. What was remarkable was that this was the first session of poetry in memory where no woman poet was given voice.

Zakia, KumKum, Talitha, and Soma

But the variety was not unusual: two Welshmen, a Scots, two Americans, two Indians, a Chinese poet, and one from England. This meeting has set a record for the number of readers: nine.

A good rule is to attempt no more than sixty or so lines of verse. Else with the discussion thrown in we will exceed the ten to twelve minutes that can be allotted to each reader.


Soma, Amita, Zakia,Talitha, KumKum, and Indira

Two of our men, Bobby and Thommo, had to leave for a meeting before the end, and that's why the group photo shows only the distaff side. Joe was behind the camera. 


Our next session will be on July 9, 2010 at the Yacht Club at 5:30 pm to read from Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Here is a link to the full account and record of the session on June 11, 2010.

2 comments:

VBVENU said...
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Bobby said...

The painstaking efforts of Joe Cleetus make reading this blog a pleasure.

Incidentally I realized in my jumbled study that I had read KABIR on June 26th,2007 at the Just Fiction Bookstore.

There I quoted Vijay Dharwadker: "The challenge is to crack the code 'Kabir'. The poems may be attributed to a community of authors."

June 14, 2010 5:46 PM
-- Bobby Paul George