by JoEllen Moldoff
“The Delight of Poetry” will run for six Tuesdays from Jan. 15 to Feb. 19, 1-3 p.m. at the Orcas Library, led by facilitator JoEllen Moldoff. Everyone is welcome.
Poems can touch the heart, spark the imagination, raise our awareness, evoke memories, entertain and surprise. We will read a selection of contemporary poems for the pleasure of reading aloud and sharing our responses to the writing.
In the process, we can learn how the language of a poem works to make meaning. Writing prompts will be offered, but writing will be optional. The fee is $20 and payable at the first class. Register by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Class size is 10-18 participants. Here’s a sample of the kind of poems we will share, by former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser from his latest book, “Kindest Regards: New And Selected Poems.”
All night the moon was a lamp held steady
while an oak, alone on the crusted snow,
composed a long letter, thoughtfully forming
each word in the copperplate script
of its shadows. From a window halfway up
the stairs I watched it at work, the pale blue
airmail stationery smoothed and waiting
and the sentiments coming so slowly
that I grew impatient and climbed up to bed.
And I fell asleep wondering to whom
the tree might have been writing, and why,
and when I awoke the sky was gray
and cold, the sun hidden in clouds,
and the tree was just standing there,
reaching up into a few scattered snowflakes
beginning to fall, not trying to catch them,
but letting them slip through its branches,
and the letter, whatever its message, was gone.