OPPC met on March 12th to discuss Poetry and Seduction.

Larry, who has moved to New England, posted some wonderful poems and comments on our blog. Read them here at https://onepagepoetrycircle.wordpress.com/

Abigail started us off with a poem that seduces the reader, Ishmael Reed’sbeware: do not read this poem,” which maintains, “this poem aint got no manners/you cant call out frm this poem/relax now & go w/ this poem.”

Roger read Robert Burns’s “A Red, Red Rose,” which begins with the beautiful lines, “My love is like a red, red rose/That’s newly sprung in June,” and ends with the lover going away and asking the woman to wait for him.

Les read “The Bait” by John Donne which begins, “Come live with me, and be my love,/And we shall some new pleasures prove,” which provides a twist on the original poem by Christopher Marlowe written in the late 1500s: “Come live with me and be my love,/And we will all the pleasures prove.” Since then many response poems have been written to this beautiful verse.

Stan read Gaius Valerius Catulls’s “Let’s Live and Love: To Lesbia” in both Latin and English. Dating from first century BC, this modern sounding poem begins, “Let us live, my Lesbia, let us love,/and all the words of the old, and so moral,/may they be worth less than nothing to us!”

Cate read Galway Kinnel’s “Shelley” which describes his early admiration for the poet “who wrote tracts advocating atheism, free love, the emancipation of women, and the abolition of wealth and class” only to lose respect upon discovering the poet left a wake of destruction from his “malaise á trois.”

Sylvia brought Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “The True Encounter” which rewrites the legend of the boy who cried wolf: “‘Wolf?’ cried my cunning heart/At every sheep it spied.”

Eileen read C. B. Trail’s  “Sonnet” which describes an “afternoon we lay in the leaves,” and ends: “I will hear the sermons preached, and some of them be true,/but I will not regret that afternoon with you.”

Betsy read Herman Hesse’s “Elizabeth” (which Tamara read in German, our second reading in the original of the evening) that tells of a late night conversation between the narrator and Elizabeth ending, “You mustn’t be troublesome,/And blow these poems away./Soon you will listen to them,/Listen, and not understand.”

AnnaLee completed the circle with Sara Trevor Teasdale’s “The Look” describing three men in her life, one of whom is the true seducer. Here it is in its entirety:

Strephon kissed me in the spring,
Robin in the fall,
But Colin only looked at me
And never kissed at all.

Strephon’s kiss was lost in jest,
Robin’s lost in play,
But the kiss in Colin’s eyes
Haunts me night and day.

Mark your calendars for the remainder of Spring 2013:
April 9. Poetry and the Grave
May 14. Poetry and Circles

And don’t forget to visit our new blog at https://onepagepoetrycircle.wordpress.com

Abigail Burnham Bloom and AnnaLee Wilson

We hope to see you on April 9th for Poetry and the Grave.

The One Page Poetry Circle is sponsored by the New York Public Library and is open to all. St. Agnes Branch Library is handicapped accessible