Coffee House à la Poetry
Poets can be a bit bashful, they say, or maybe humble. “Poems arrive ready to begin,” wrote poet Mary Oliver. “Poets are only the transportation.”
get a dozen or so poets together, and you’ve got a regular bash, with lots of laughter and quirkiness. And some thought-provoking perceptions. That’s what the Poetry Coffee House proposes to offer on Friday, April 15, in North Hatley. The date is the ides of April, Poetry Month.
Coffee House is being organized by Rev. Carole Martignacco of UUEstrie, herself a poet. She’s gathered together a bunch of local poets, some renowned and prizewinning, some just trying their wings and all shades in-between. In the lineup are Marjorie Bruhmuller, Heather Davis, Ann Hill, Angela Leuck, Steve Luxton, Susan Macaulay, Esther Saanum, and more.
poet will have about seven minutes to read a few tidbits of their poetry, and maybe talk about it, if they wish. The readings will be punctuated with music and refreshments in a coffee house ambiance.
of the readings will likely be an 18-verse Renga that was collectively written by 19 poets last Sunday at a Poetry Party. Renga is a traditional Japanese-inspired poem, with each verse linking to the one before it, and each verse written by a different person. And yes, the party was full of laughter and quirkiness.
“The idea is to showcase people’s talent and invite people to enjoy the creativity of others. It’s a chance to hear poets read their own poems in a warm and supportive atmosphere,” said Martignacco.
is welcome to the Coffee House, she said, poets or not. It is in Stoddard Hall, in the lower level of the old Universalist Church building now home of UUEstrie, a Unitarian Universalist community. The address is 201 Main Street, North Hatley. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Getting their heads together to put on the April 15th Poetry Coffee House are (clockwise, from left) Rev. cont'd page 13