Take a seat at the One Page Poetry Circle on April 8 to discuss Poetry and Journeys.

Our lives are one big journey made up of many smaller trips. Wendy Cope describes one such trip in “On a Train”:

The book I’ve been reading
rests on my knee. You sleep.

OPPC_Posters_2014Series 3It’s beautiful out there –
fields, little lakes and winter trees
in February sunlight,
every car park a shining mosaic.

Long, radiant minutes,
your hand in my hand,
still warm, still warm.

From The Odyssey to Beowulf to The Fairie Queene, many epic poems involve journeys. Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales begins with a description of the coming of spring, causing everyone to long to go on pilgrimages and generations of school children to struggle to memorize:

Whan that April with his showres soote
The droughte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veine in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flowr;

Make the pilgrimage this April 8 to join us at the One Page Poetry Circle! In the meantime, tell us what you think about Wendy Cope’s On the Train, or riff on your first encounter with the Canterbury Tales. 

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm 
Place: St. Agnes Branch Library, 444 Amsterdam Avenue (near 81st Street), 3rd Floor