Saturday, April 30, 2011
The spring term of the Shepherd's Center Poetry Group is underway, meeting Thursday mornings April 28 through June 2 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Greensboro.
In the first session we considered two mellow and reasonably cheerful reflections on the senior years:
No shame in a ticket to a concert seven months off,
Or, better yet, two tickets, as if you were hoping
To meet by then someone who'd love to join you,
Two seats near the front so you catch each note
--Carl Dennis, "A Maxim"
As David Huddle puts it in "Roanoke Pastorale": I dream this life, walk this world.
We also heard fine poems by Jenny Angyal, Elmer Billman, Donna Torrico and Dave Upstill. Those who wish to bring poems are encouraged to do so, but the participation of those who prefer to comment and listen is valued just as highly.
Our main subject next week will be the long poem by Campbell McGrath, an acerbic comment on 'the way we live now'. Please check your e-mail for the text of additional poems that will be read next Thursday, May 4.