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Dear Friends,

Here is a review of some of the poems /stories we read over the past couple of years.

I hope you can join us for future "readings and discussions".

best wishes, Kathleen Spring (303) 823-0997……

At the beginning of each is first that month's "theme," followed by the person's name and what they read; and lastly the initials of the people who made comments on the piece. Of course, we cant put all comments in great detail, but this gives you an idea of what is brought up in our discussions. These comments are brief summaries. I hope this will entice you to get a hold of a copy of some of these poems (and books).


theme: "Motion"

————————Linda read="A History of Weather" by Billy Collins.

The poet lays on the grass and looks up at the clouds. "a flower-ruffling breeze…cirrus clouds sweeping over this house… rain…wind…snow…"
"History before history…when not a soul lay in any of the earth's meadows."someone was looking up at the clouds.

Comments: KS=All five poems read today reflect that we often use words reflecting motion to describe weather; like heat boiling over, and stormy waves hitting the sand, and clouds blowing by. LM=I like the thought that someone or some thing was laying back and looking up at the clouds from the beginning of time.

————————Kathleen read="Bath After Sailing" by John Updike

The poem talked about blond Vikings, and we are still doing it...going to sea as an adventure.

"From 10 to 5 we whacked the waves" "I was afraid of heeling over in the wind and inhaling bubbling lead and sinking, opaque as stone"

"now, after 6, I lie at ease…in my saltless sea, my size(his bathtub)"

Comments: BK=His choice of words gave us a vivid feeling of a rough sea trying to tear apart his boat. KS=I liked the surprise about him being in his bath tub at the end.


theme: "ROSES"

————————Vance read "When the Roses Bloom Again."

Comments: Vance said there were three versions, with the newest one by Wilco. Johnny Cash did the second part only. It was written by Will D. Cobb, with Gus Edwards, in the early 1900s. There are Scottish references, like "roaming/gloaming" and "Auld Lang Syne".

"They were strolling in the gloaming, Where the roses were in bloom, A soldier and his sweetheart brave and true, And their hearts were filled with sorrow, For their thoughts were of tomorrow, As she pinned a rose upon his coat of blue."

It ends with: " I am dying....but I want to tell you... There's a ...sweetheart who is waiting for me.... (tell her) I'll be with her when the roses bloom again "

KS=In a remarkably short format, it tells a whole story of the love between a man and woman during war time and how it will be felt each time the roses bloom again. It brought tears to my eyes. BK=I felt it personally. I was small enough; it was a personal thing; over years it became loss; lots came from that period of time

————————Kathleen read="Freshen the Flowers" by Mary Oliver

The woman puts the ragged leaves and various flowers into a vase, and they "bounce upward at the end to let them take their own choice of position,...perhaps fifteen minutes of music with nothing playing."

Comments: KS: I can identify with that; I've seen it; and I understand how that could be like listening to exquisite music. VF: A moment of bliss, serendypity.

————————BK read="By any Other Name" which was written by her husband Rich"There in the store...a gentleman came to my rescue with spade in hand" Note: It was written from The Rose's point of view.

BK=Bonnie explained her name "Rose." VF=The poem was light and uplifting. KS=It was so sweet and real, you could frame a picture of the rose in your mind.


theme: "Colors of Halloween"

————————KS read="October's Bright Blue Weather"

The collection is based around twelve poems about the full moon, using the Algonquin Nationís names for each monthís full moon (Wolf Moon, Hunterís Moon, etc.). "Oh, Suns and skies and clouds of June, And flowers of June together, Ye cannot rival for one hour. October's bright blue weather"

Comments: KS This was Marguerite's favorite poem. She had it memorized. She said as a child all of the kids memorized poems. I agree that the October skies have a more deep and clear blue sky.

————————LM read="12 Moons" "Aunt Leaf" from a collection of 12 poems in a book by Mary Oliver

"Needing one, I invented her - the great-great-aunt dark as hickory called Shining-Leaf, or Drifting-Cloud or The-Beauty-of-the-Night. "...and whisper in a language only the two of us knew" She'd say "Follow;" "She'd change us both into something quicker" ...fox, fish, snakes...and then the journey ends..."this bone dream, this friend I had to have"

Comments: LM: I was an only child, and I can identify with the need to find a friend. BK: We fit with nature. We can become one with the animals.

————————Janet read some of "Charles Karalt's stories"

"Turn these pages slowly (grandkids)...50 years ago (this is what America looked like) "We called the secret place"

Comments: KS=He captured what America was like in its small towns. He gave them color. He made people pay attention to them.


Theme: Rise (Rise Up)

———————Charles read="Collage One; Einstein One " written by himself

Various miscellanous quotes from the piece: Anyone who can dive safety and kiss gives not kisses attention deserved. Rising sun appears. Your kiss misquotes. Rearranged them into a random sonnet. I want to live; survivor. Sponoza believes like Eistein. God made the world and left it to his own design."

COMMENTS: BK= "I feel like I've heard it somewhere. It speaks to me. SB= It reminds me of "the undead and drowned archipelo" KS= It makes you see life and the world from a different perspective. You think about dead, and bad, and good.

————————Linda read="Morning" by Billy Collins

"Why do we bother with the rest of the day. The swale of the afternoon. The sudden dip into evening." "This is the best....Feet on the cold floor...splash of water on the face." And, welcoming in the morning outside: "...heavy clouds on the way, and the lawn steaming like a horse in the early morning."

Comments: LM=I like how he describes the details of a writer getting up in the morning, like "dictionary and atlas open on the rug." KS=I liked how he used words like swale, clouds and mist rising. He uses weather to show the strong swaying energy of a new day. CS=The line "then night with his notorious perfumes, his many-pointed stars?" reminded me of the book of Tolkien with his dust-jacket design for The Return of the King bearing "Many pointed stars."


Theme: Reason

————————Bonnie read a piece she wrote "And ThenThere Were One"

Various quotes from the piece: "reason...defined...as thinking;" "thoughts take on a lot more meaning than you anticipate;" "You butt a brick wall sometimes"

She explained "it was written as if my oldest grandchild said it, and then at the end I take over. It is based on something that happend." It begins "I'm 6. Momma is 26, Grandma is 46. How about that. Up the ladder we went 10 years at a time" "The smile faded. The face crumbled. The dice gets rolled."

Comments: KS=I took it in a whole different way than your final explanation. It seemed like they were aging with the poem. Each person interprets a poem by their own life experience. LM=I loved how you added real kid's words: "How Bout That"

————————KS read "What Makes us Happy" by Joan Murray.

"I see my neighbor, Gene, coming home with Gracie on his arms. On the way from his hardware store each night..." We discover she is talking about the man's two retrievers, Polly and Gracie. "Last night Gene confided that what makes him happy is watching dogs swim--There are different things for everyone, he said." "In the fall, the last of Gene's boys will head off to college. It's hard to let go." In the morning we all head off in different directions, like the math problems we use to learn at school, about people heading off at different speeds.

Comments: LM=I loved the math problem explaining life. KS=It's a deceptively deep poem. She is the main story, observing him, and then she rounds it out to include other people, and life in general.

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