Poetry in August

First of all, the art of living; then as my ideal profession, poetry and philosophy, and as my real profession, plastic arts; in the last resort, for lack of income, illustrations. – Paul Klee

Hello BPS members. Well summer is almost over and we’re fast moving into the autumn season, a very evocative time for poets. I’m sure whatever you’ve been up to this summer – whether puttering in your garden, relaxing by the lake, hanging out with loved ones over a BBQ or visiting new and exciting places in foreign lands – that you’ve been gathering impressions that will end up in many fine future poems. After all, that’s what poets do because we’re sponges of experience – the raw material of art. The trick of course that transmutes this into poetic gold is seeing things in a fresh new light (often helped by the removing of familiar context by a change of scenery) and having the language tools to express it skillfully. Remember that the great Swiss painter Paul Klee had to leave home and go to Tunisia to really see color. So many beautiful paintings flowered out of this experience.

Some of our members though not traveling by camel in exotic places have been busy indeed this summer. Theresa Donnelly had three poems: Disturbing Linens, St. Stephen’s Green 1783 and The Midwife’s Curse published in Buried Horror – Frightful and fresh voices in horror, speculative fiction, and poetry – a website edited by our own Bradley McIlwain. She also had one poem Flowering published in the May to Sept 2017 edition of Verse Afire published by The Ontario Poetry Society. John Di Leonardo had a poem About Your Smile When We Kiss published there and three poems: Awareness, On the Death of a Friend and Retired published in Buried Horror. He’s also working on a chapbook of poems as is our president, Renée Sgroi. Two of Bradley’s poems Necropolis and Flying Dutchman are also posted on Buried Horror so check it out. He also had a poem Time Before published August 1 in naturewriting.com. Finally, I was pleased to have one of my pieces Happy Daddy published in the May to Sept 2017 edition of Verse Afire.

I would be remiss in not thanking Renee for the wonderful job she is doing informing BPS members of poetry contests, events, festivals, workshops and such like via social media. Let her know if you participate in any of them and what the benefits were. We will be posting new poetry of our members in early September. The material already there will be moved to the Archive section. It’s still not too late to have some of your stuff posted if you get it into us right away. Maximum number currently allowed per poet for a single post is 3 poems. Please do send us your best work. Hope to see you all at our next event tentatively scheduled for late in August and certainly in the early Fall when our regular monthly meetings start up again. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the summer and we hope you enjoy reading our latest poetry.

Rod Stone


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