I am thrilled that you are participating in this blog. It is my hope that our conversations and interpretations that emerge from the reading the poetry books will further the goal of the Johns Creek Poetry Group. The goal is to provide a forum for meeting and discussing the writing and reading of our own and other poet's work. Also, this blog experience will work best if it is fun, instructive, informative, and an enjoyable way to expand our poetic horizon and poetry friends.
Learning while having in depth discussions and viewpoints hopefully will stimulate and inspire your own poetry writing and process leading to new ways to envision and compose your experience into poetic forms.
I would like to thank Steven Shields for everything he has done to get this blog up and running. There would be no poetry readers group without it for his setting up of the blog was what gave me the idea for a poetry readers group in the first place. The blog made a bridge that could expand ways to discuss poetry between our regular meetings and be a new way to more useful to all of our poetic lives.
Initial experimental period will run from July through November, 2015. In this trial period, experiment with your blog writings and comments to further the dialogue. We will be learning as we go to discover what works well, what does not, and what would be the best way to integrate the blog into our regular poetry meetings.
Open Voting until June 28th: This will give every member time to get on the blog and become familiar with how to make the blog work for them.
Please vote by sending an e-mail to me. Each member should have a copy of the recommended poetry books. Members may add, change, or delete any selected book at any time.
I will announce the main selection and the alternate poetry book for the trial period on June 30th and give Amazon prices for the books. Other sources with lower prices would be appreciated.
In the event that the members have no clear preference, I will make the selection of the main and alternate poetry book: Louise Gluck, Faithful and Virtuous Night and, as alternate, Ruth Stone, In the Dark.