The One Page Poetry Circle met on October 13 to discuss Poetry and Ghosts and Zombies.

OPPC_Poster_Oct13Abigail opened the circle by reading William Wordsworth’s “We Are Seven” in which a young girl repeats that she is one of seven children although two have died. Her interrogator insists otherwise: “‘How many are you, then,’ said I,/ ‘If they two are in heaven?’/Quick was the little maid’s reply,/‘O master! we are seven.’”

Roger read the words of the witches from Act 4, Scene 1 of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and we all joined in on the famous chorus, “Double, double toil and trouble;/Fire burn and cauldron bubble.”

Irene read a poem of hers in which a woman ghost gets even with a man for taking too long to show his affections.

Phil read “Mad Girl’s Love Song” by Sylvia Plath which expresses a lack of distinction between what is real and what is not, “I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;/I lift my lids and all is born again./(I think I made you up inside my head.)”

Gail read Stephen Dunn’s “Sleeping with Ghosts” in which the narrator enjoys the time before sleep when his head is on the pillow, and he becomes aware of the whispering of people he missed connecting with, now ghosts “you might have invited to your bed/had you known them in proper time.”

Ann read “Alone” by Jack Gilbert wherein the narrator’s dead wife comes back as a dalmatian, “She likes it best when/I touch her head and tell her small/things about my days and our friends./That makes her happy the way it always did.”

Karen read Donna Masini’s “Slowly” in which grief reminds the narrator of watching a snake swallow a rabbit, “How slow/the body is to realize./You are never coming back.”

Terry read “The Apparition” by John Donne where the speaker has ill wishes for a woman who rejected him, “I’had rather thou shouldst painfully repent,/Than by my threat’nings rest still innocent.”

AnnaLee read “The Golem” by Jorges Luis Borges, translated by James Honzik: “The Cabalists who celebrated this mysterium,/this vast creature, named it Golem./(Written about by Scholem,/in a learned passage of his volume.)”

We look forward to our next OPPC on November 10: Poetry and Clothes.

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Fall Schedule:
November 10: Poetry and Clothes
December 8: Poetry and Marriage

Abigail Burnham Bloom and
AnnaLee Wilson

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