Po­etry Party cel­e­brates Po­etry Month

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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

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