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WINTONBURY POETRY SERIES & OPEN MIC

 

FALL 2014 SCHEDULE

"Exploring Poetry, Together"

Poetry Reading Series and Open Mic runs monthly
October - April, third Thursdays, 7:00 P.M.

 

Held at the P. Faith McMahon Wintonbury Library

1015 Blue Hills Ave, Bloomfield, CT
860-242-0041

 

Spark your creativity, make connections, and share the
gift of poetry! We offer readings by notable poets and a
warm, supportive atmosphere for sharing your own work!

 

"An Evening with Connecticut State Poet Laureate"
Thursday, October 16, 7:00 PM

Featuring Dick Allen

Mr. Allen read at Governor Malloy's inauguration. Come and hear him read from his latest book, This Shadowy Place, winner of the New Criterion Award. He is the author of eight poetry collections and one of the country's finest poets!

 


Jane D'Arista

"The Hold of Family--Fields of Memory"
Thursday, November 20, 7:00 PM

Featuring Jane D'Arista and Charles Douthat

Two exquisite, well-published poets treat our common human life journey with great clarity, word music, wisdom, and warmth. Ms. D'Arista's new books is The Overgrown Copse (Antrim House Books). Mr. Douthat is author of Blue for Oceans, winner of the L.L. Winship/Pen New England Award.

 


Charles Douthat

 


Charles Fort

"The Last Black Hippie in Connecticut"
Thursday, December 18, 7:00 PM

Widely published poet Charles Fort reads with
"Renaissance Woman," prize winning poet Joanne Bauer

Two gifted, wry and intelligent poets with fascinating perspectives on living in America in the 20th and 21st centuries. Not to be missed! Mr. Fort is author of We Did Not Fear the Father, New and Selected Poems (Red Hen Press). Ms. Bauer's poems have been published by such journals as Theodate and her work was awarded a prize in a recent Connecticut Poetry Society contest.


Joanne Bauer

 

Poetry Sharing Page


Submissions for our Poetry Sharing Page will be reviewed for posting by Marilyn Johnston, coordinator of the Wintonbury Poetry & Open MIC program.

 

Postings will not appear immediately. Submissions can be received by Marilyn via CD or floppy, or by sending an e-mail to: marilynjohnston2003@yahoo.com. Submit up to 3 one-page poems for consideration.
 

 


Solitude: Tonight, So Easy to Digest
by Nancee Cheffet

It's a feeling of carrying my intimates within
my heart tonight, they dwelling down the hall,
or two hundred miles away.
As the sweet music drifts over my
hunkered-down form, versing away
at will, it seems not so bad to be here,
to be the poet, laboring with love,
harboring in her heart soft warmth
for the many.

(posted 9-17-14)



When only a poem will do.
By Bev George

Sometimes, we need to
"Speak our mind"
These are the times
When only a poem will do.
Sometimes , a single word might not suffice.
These are the times
When only a poem will do.
Sometimes , what we have to say might not be nice
These are the times
When only a poem will do.
Sometimes we have to "bite our tongue".
These are the times
When only a poem will do.
And
Sometimes we might not know how to say "I love you".
These are the times
When only a poem will do.


(posted 9-5-14)

 

At One A.M., I Write On
by Nancee Cheffet


The Accountants, and such, may drudge
through a long, hard day, but, for a poet,
with mind alive, her craft must be plied often
through, till dawn.
And, that am I, a working poet, wages paid
seeing that fruit of my long labor, splash down
on the waiting page.

The over-coming of all strife and pain,
that pure elan of creating and enthusing:
Yes, it was worth the aftermath of being stretched out
by my own ideas, my hand clasped in the one of
my higher power...


(posted 9-5-14)

 

"Fresh-Cut Flowers Are Poetry"
by Nancee Cheffet


Fresh-cut flowers can pierce our hearts.
Every wisp of insight flitting by must be scooped up before
it has landed in the gaping void.
As we age, such insights flit away,
like a dream you'd had the night before.
Write it down, right then.
Before it's lost.
Quite lost, as is your youth!
Tend your softening mind, tend your fragile blossoms..
Feed them love!
 

(posted 7-21-14)

 

What Causes Me To Feel Draped In Bounty
by Nancee Cheffet


The music flows over me,
into my ears, and throughout my entire body,
as fingers tapping on black keys,
I savor self-expression.
Four hours and more, I have given myself
progressively more completely to the
near-holy past-time.
Save for the melodies, and the click
of the keys,
the silence is total.
A half-hour before the midnight hour,
many snore or silently exhale under the covers.
The thin coating of loneliness is like a dusting of
sugar on a slice of water-melon.
 

 (posted 6-24-14)

 

Not just another Library
By Bev George

As you walk through the door
Of my favorite library
They greet you with a smile
Not sure how to use the Internet?
No sweat!
Loretta or Mara is there to help.
Need a hint
On how to print?
Loretta or Mara is there to help.
Don’t know where to look
For that special book?
Loretta or Mara is there to help.
Always so kind and friendly
They are there to assist those
Who want to succeed
They are there to help those
Who can’t read.
Do you have a poem you want to share?
Then have no fear.
Marilyn will check out your submission
And get permission
To put it on the Poetry website.
To Loretta, Mara, Marilyn and company
We are so grateful for all you do!
Thanks to you -This is not just another library!


(posted 6-6-14)
 

My Bumper, My Protector
by Bev. George

On a very,very windy day as I tried to find a space in the

parking lot of a local supermarket

From the corner of my eyes

I saw an unattended grocery carriage approaching

I quickly steered to the left

Then I steered to the right.

But this collision was not to be avoided

This “hell on wheels”

Came right at my vehicle,

Almost as if it had sight.

I froze and watch

As the wind threw the

carriage into my car head on.

Thanks to my bumper. There was no damage!

Believe it or not,

Hours later, while at a light,

a distracted driver hit my car from
behind.
I was angry but relieved because

Thanks to my bumper. There was no damage!

The dictionary defines a bumper as a horizontal bar fixed across the front or
back of a motor vehicle to reduce damage in a collision.
In my opinion, a bumper is like

GOD protecting us from injury

(posted 5-5-14)

 

SPUR OF THE MOMENT
by John P. Kneal

Slowly sinking clouds
Uneasy stillness
The feet of others quicken
Umbrella left behind
Air like a pregnant charm
White shirt, red tie, blue suit
The day’s meetings finished
Serendipity’s portal ajar
Drops like spears pierce the unsuspecting
The whimper of defense
The roar of immersion
Stress unravels
Pants are rolled up
Barefoot toes playfully wiggle
Walking, then twirling, then dancing
Puddle splashing
Unleashed, with Nature
Rippling laughter
Complete.

 

(posted 12-27-13)

 

Ball of Confusion
By Bev George

“Ball of Confusion
that’s what the world is today”

So sang The Temptations in 1970
The lyrics to their song included a list of problems that were tearing apart

The United States

“Segregation, determination, demonstration,
Integration, aggravation,

“Humiliation, obligation to our nation”

Air pollution, revolution, gun control”
Ball of Confusion
that’s what the world is today”

Fast forward to present day
Syria threat to the United States
"Ball of confusion...
Navy Yard shooting
"Ball of confusion...
Terror in Mall in Kenya.
"Ball of confusion...
Government shutdown
In the best country in the world!
"Ball of confusion...
It begs the question
Is our world still
A "ball of confusion"?

   (posted 10-14-13)



Pope Francis is breaking all the rules!
By Bev George

They say that Pope Francis
Is breaking all the rules.
Because HE
Opted to live a normal life'


They say that Pope Francis
Is breaking all the rules.
Because HE
Opens our eyes and make us aware of our insensitivity to the
waste and disposal of food...........

They say that Pope Francis
Is breaking all the rules.
Because HE
Addresses the faithful bare-headed in torrential rain!

They say that Pope Francis
Is breaking all the rules
Because HE
Choose to ride in an open-air vehicle in Brazil!
Why can’t they see that Pope Francis is breaking all the rules
because he is the real deal?
 

(posted 9/5/13)

 

It’s so cool to be connected, but…
by Bev George

It’s so cool to be connected.
But..
Are we protected?
The Internet is so amazing!
Google! Yahoo! Bing!
They allow us to search
And find whatever we desire
But, conversely, they also follow us around
Even after we sign off.

 It's so cool to be connected.
Our iPhones and cell phones!
It seems we can't
live without them!
But is our phone carrier tracking us
As we speak?
It begs the question
Are we protected?

(posted 7/22/13)

 

Mommy, I wish you had worn it BEFORE CHRISTMAS!
By Bev George

A new blue sweater
still in its box
it would have looked beautiful on you!
Mommy, I wish you had worn it
BEFORE CHRISTMAS

A lovely scarf
Blue and white
Never been worn!!
Mommy, I wish you had worn it
BEFORE CHRISTMAS

A perfume set
Your favorite fragrance!!!
Unopened- Still in its box
OH, Mommy, how I wish you had used it
BEFORE CHRISTMAS

(posted 6/4/13)

 

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