Poetry Party celebrates Poetry Month
It’s April, and Angela Leuck wishes all of us “Happy Poetry Month!” She’s putting her wish into action by offering a Poetry Party on Sunday afternoon, April 10, in North Hatley.
That’s a Renga party, to be precise. Renga is a traditional Japanese-inspired collective poem where everyone gets an opportunity to write one of the 18 short, haiku-like verses of the finished work. “This is a great way to learn more about haiku and have fun writing creatively with friends,” Leuck said.
Everyone is welcome - poets, secret poets and lovers of poetry alike. The party will begin at 1:30 p.m., with a hearty soup and salad, and then haiku poet Angela Leuck will guide participants through the writing of a Renga. It is in Stoddard Hall (downstairs level) of UUEstrie, 201 Main Street. In all, the writing session could last two or three hours – writing and sharing the short poems. They’re usually about three lines in length – short enough to say in one breath.
Leuck is an award-winning haiku poet. Her work has been published in journals and anthologies around the world. Two of many books she has written or edited are Garden Meditations and A Cicada in the Cosmos. Her poems were even included in Haiku Journey, a video game by Hot Lava Games. She has given many readings, workshops and talks over the past decade. She currently resides in Hatley.
Admission to the April 10th Poetry Party is free and open to the public, but participants are requested to register by phoning 819-842-4146 and leaving their name and phone number. This will permit the organizers to plan the space and the food. Space is limited. For more information, see www.uuestrie.ca, or the Facebook page, UU Estrie.
The theme of the 2016 National Poetry Month is "roads", and it is celebrated in many ways. For example, April 21st is designated “Poetry in your Pocket” day. The League of Canadian Poets asks individuals to celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day, wherever you are. Before then, visit poets.ca/pocket poems to see how to get involved.
Haiku poet Angela Leuck will host a poetry party, this Sunday, to celebrate Poetry Month