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Reading Contemporary Poetry - October 2022

Join Marion and Barbara to discuss three poetic masters writing in very different ways about what is off-center, imperfect, tattered or strange.

First, we will read Bonfire Opera and discuss how Danusha Laméris uses lyricism to express grief and rapture for the imperfect world. Secondly, we will turn to Diane Seuss’s Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl to examine the tension she creates between what is unlovely and in a gilded frame. Finally, we will read how Tracy K. Smith’s Life on Mars uses science, humor and science
fiction to transport us to the stars.

No matter how familiar you are with poetry we invite you to an open and welcoming conversation. In addition, every session will offer several generative writing prompts based on the topics and poetic style illustrated in each of the three books.


Marion Starling Boyer’s poetry collection ICE HOURS won the 2021 Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from Michigan University Press in early 2023. She is author of four other poetry collections, most recently The Sea Was Never Far. A professor emeritus, Boyer enjoys leading workshops for Lit Cleveland and Lit Youngstown. She lives in Twinsburg and travels at every opportunity.

Barbara Sabol's fourth poetry collection, Imagine a Town, won the 2019 poetry manuscript prize from Sheila-Na-Gig Editions. Her work has appeared most recently in Evening Street Review, One Art, Mezzo Cammin, Literary Accents and Modern Haiku, and in numerous anthologies. Barbara received her MFA from Spalding University. Her awards include an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. She is a retired speech therapist who lives in Akron, Ohio with her husband and wonder dogs.

Details: Reading Contemporary Poetry takes place Tuesdays October 11, October 25, and November 8 from 1-3pm remotely through Zoom.
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