Thursday, November 3, 2011

Poetry Book Discussion Group

On an unseasonably warm November evening over cups of lemon grass tea, we had an engaging discussion on Phil Metres's Ode to Oil, a poignant, elegant collection with lovely movement through time and place, and an intriguing sexual tension. Kattywompus Press puts together beautiful chapbooks with paper that feels good to the touch, a clean and pleasing layout, and cover design that is at once rich and spare.

We're staying in the Middle East in Dec. with Beirut Again by Allen West, published by Off the Grid Press. I read with this poet in Appleton, Wisconsin, over the summer, and was very moved by his work. He is a wonderful reader as well.

A suggestion was made to add a workshop to our monthly discussions, and I love the idea. We'll meet at 6:00 - bring half a dozen copies of your poem. See you at the Lemon Grove on Tues. 6 Dec.

You can order Beirut Again here:

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