How to Write a Form Poem: Hear the Poets
More than twenty poets gathered on a Saturday evening, to read their poems featured in How to Write a Form Poem. Some of the poets read regional or travel poems, which had been invited as an alternative, given that a travel metaphor holds this fun and helpful book together.
Poets had also been asked to bring their favorite travel mug and keys, as well as a regional item specific to their area. Some chose a single item. Others brought all three. It was enriching to see the poets sharing these small parts of their lives—more fulfilling than hearing an ordinary “poet intro” that focuses on accomplishments. More human, really.
There were funny moments. Beautiful moments. And tender moments, too. One poet who lives in Uruguay showed us the coolest key (apartment keys look different there… more intricate and lovely!). We saw a Yellow Rose of Texas mug. A sprig of white pine. A rock from Lake Michigan. Moon pie. Even Dr. Who.
If you missed the event, no worries. You can listen anytime, right here…
Listen to More Than 20 Poets Read From How to Write a Form Poem!
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8:58 FAISAL MOHYUDDIN – gingko leaf – “To Be a Fisherman or a Father, You Must” (ghazal poem)
17:42 CLAIRE BATEMAN – Moon Pie – “Storm Chasing” (prose poem)
24:16 AARON BROWN – lounging dog – “Ghazal” (ghazal poem)
30:58 DEB Y FELIO – Colorado “weed” – “asking me to pause” (acrostic poem)
35:58 MARCI RAE JOHNSON – Lake Michigan rock -“Two Promising Places to Live in the Northern Constellation Lyra” (free verse)
38:24 SANDRA HESKA KING – alligator – “To My Mother” (villanelle poem)
41:58 REBECCA LAUREN – famous PA cookbooks- “Ode to Butter” (ode poem)
56:45 RICHARD MAXSON – bluebonnet seeds – “Please Stay” (rondeau poem)
1:04:36 MICHELLE ORTEGA – TS Poetry key chain – “Let the Questions Go Unanswered” (haibun poem)
1:08:15 CHRISTOPHER PATCHEL – wind breaker – “Writers Block” (haiku sequence)
1:22:21 MEGAN WILLOME – yellow rose of Texas mug – “At Mile 37” (rondeau poem)