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Poetry Club Talks…Rena Priest Part 1

Poetry Club Talks…Rena Priest Part 1

May 19, 2021

Topic: Rena Priest, Washington State Poet Laureate 2021-23
Host: Ron
Poems: Various (see below)
Recorded: May 15, 2021

Rena Priest_Select Poems

This week Poetry Club discusses three poems by Rena Priest, the 2021-23 Washington State Poet Laureate.  Her work draws on history, scientific ephemera, and pop culture to tell stories and seek truths.  Her word choice is intriguing, defiantly worth conversation. 

 

BIO

Rena's first book of poetry "Patriarchy Blues" won the American Book Award.  She is a Lummi tribal member.  She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and makes her home in Bellingham, Washington.

All poems copyright by Rena Priest

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Poetry Club Talks…Rhyme

Poetry Club Talks…Rhyme

May 11, 2021

Topic: Rhyme, The Authors Fancy
Host: Ron
Poems: Various (see attached)
Recorded: May 8, 2021

Selected Poems on Rhyme

Why do some poets rhyme and others do not?  Ron hosts this detailed look into the use of rhyme by famous poets such as Poe, Frost, Atwood, Browning, Dickinson, Marvell, and MacLeish.

Rons shares, I suggest that in reading the poems, many of which we have discussed previously, we focus on a few issues (there is overlap in the issues):

  • what is the purpose and/or appeal of rhyme for many poets?
  • what added value does rhyme provide?
  • with individual poems, does the rhyme enhance the poem’s quality or effectiveness, and how?
  • how well do the poet’s choices, as well as we can define them, serve the poem?

Ron is the host of the Poetry Club in Bellingham, Washington.  He is a retired poetry professor who taught poetry for 52 years from 1965 to 2017.  You'll enjoy his sense of humor and intelligent insight into classic and contemporary poetry.

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All poems are the copyrighted material of each poet listed respectively.

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Poetry Club Talks…Wislawa Szymborska

Poetry Club Talks…Wislawa Szymborska

May 8, 2021

Topic: Wislawa Szymborska
Host: Linda
Poems: On Death, without Exaggeration, Stage Fright, In Broad Daylight
Recorded: May 1, 2021

Poems by Wislawa Szymborska

Poetry Club Talks...Szymborska.  The famous female Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012).  If you haven't heard of her or read her poetry, give yourself a treat.  This show is an introduction to the person and her poems.  Linda shares three of Szymborska's poems published in "Polish Poetry of the Last Two Decades of Communist Rule: Spoiling Cannibals' Fun"*

This 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature recipient takes her readers on a unique journey of word-scapes and concepts.

In awarding the prize, the Academy praised her “poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality.” Listen to The Club as we tour through her poetry and prose.

 

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*Poems by Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012)
Source: Spoiling Cannibal’s’ Fun: Polish Poetry of the Last Two Decades of Communist Rule. Evanston, ILL: Northwestern University Press, 1993

Poetry Club Talks…Jack Straw Fellows 2021 Part 2

Poetry Club Talks…Jack Straw Fellows 2021 Part 2

April 28, 2021

Topic: Jack Straw Poets 2021
Host: Shannon
Poems: "anchor baby" and "porous"
Recorded: April 24, 2021

2021 Jack Straw Poets

This week Poetry Club discusses two more poems from the Jack Straw 2021 poets, S. Erin Batiste, Patrycja Humienik, and Abi Pollokoff.  Three brilliant and dynamic poets!  In this episode, we discuss Patrycja Humienik's poems "anchor baby" and "porous".  Poetry Club digs into each stanza while contemplating how personal experience plays into the interpretation.  Humienik masters her stories into a mold that most readers can wear, but each story folds into the shape of the reader's mind.  Is a shout down a stairwell a scream of frustration or a playful yelp to catch an echo?

Poetry Club enjoyed discussing the poems of the 2021 Jack Straw Fellows.  Bravo to all!

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Levi Fuller, the Administrative Coordinator at Jack Straw, sent us this note and kind clarification about their program at the Jack Straw Cultural Center: 

"I’m listening now, this is very cool. I did want to clarify one thing about our residency programs, of which there are three: The Writers Program alone is twelve writers each year, from a variety of genres (no set numbers for each); The New Media Gallery is four artists per year, and the Artist Support Program is 20 artists per year.

The WP Curator picks the Writers, and we have selection panels who pick the artists for the other programs. The three programs are totally different and don’t really overlap very much, though we always encourage collaboration between artists of different disciplines, and often someone will come in first in one program, and then return as an artist in a different program.

Thank you for sharing and helping to get the word out about our programs!"

 

BIO

Patrycja Humienik, daughter of Polish immigrants, is a writer, performer & facilitator based in Seattle, WA. She serves as Assistant Poetry Editor with Newfound Org and Events Director for The Seventh Wave. Patrycja works for the University of Washington’s Office of Equity & Justice in Grad Programs, in service of underrepresented graduate students, faculty, and staff.  -quoted from her website. 

Please visit her site to learn more about this stimulating poet:  https://www.patrycjasara.com/

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The poems attached belong to S. Erin Batiste, Patrycja Humienik, and Abi Pollokoff respectively. 

Please visit the Jack Straw website to learn more about this fascinating program.
http://www.jackstraw.org/programs/writers/WritersForum/index.html#wp21

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Poetry Club Talks…Jack Straw Poets 2021 Part 1

Poetry Club Talks…Jack Straw Poets 2021 Part 1

April 14, 2021

Topic: Jack Straw Poets 2021
Host: Shannon
Poem: "The Yellow Jackets" and "At Trader Joe's in South Pasadena​"
Recorded: April 10, 2021

2021 Jack Straw Poets

This week Poetry Club discusses two poems from each of the three Jack Straw 2021 poets, S. Erin Batiste, Patrycja Humienik, and Abi Pollokoff.  Three brilliant and dynamic poets!  First up are two poems from Batiste.  Do you have to identify personally with the poem to appreciate it? Poetry and art encourage a conversation between memory and passion, the group explores these boundaries.  Her website defines her as an "Interdisciplinary Poet & Storyteller, West Coast bred. Remotely based. World bound."  Poetry Club enjoyed discussing the two poems.  We hope you will seek out Batiste's books and add them to your collection.  

Each year writers/writing teams are selected by a curator, based on artistic excellence, diversity of literary genres, and a cohesive
grouping of writers.

The Jack Straw Cultural Center is located in
Seattle's University District at 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA

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BIO
"S. Erin Batiste is an interdisciplinary poet, storyteller, and author of the chapbook Glory to All Fleeting Things. In 2021 this year, she is the recipient of PERIPLUS, Jack Straw Writers, and the dots between fellowships, and is a Writer in Residence at The Studios at MASS MoCA, Prairie Ronde, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Her other recent honors include fellowships and support from Cave Canem, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference-Rona Jaffe Foundation, Crosstown Arts, and Callaloo. Batiste is a reader for The Rumpus and her own Pushcart, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net nominated poems are anthologized and appear internationally in Michigan Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, and wildness among other decorated journals." -from her website.

Please visit her website to learn more: https://www.sbatistewrites.com/

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The poems attached belong to S. Erin Batiste, Patrycja Humienik, and Abi Pollokoff respectively. 

Please visit the Jack Straw website to learn more about this fascinating program.
http://www.jackstraw.org/programs/writers/WritersForum/index.html#wp21

photo credits: S. Erin Batiste website, Jack Straw Cultural Center website.

This program is produced by Chickadee Prodcutions

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