September 1, 2016 7:30 pm
THEME – Moons, Roads, and Rivers David’s work often uses place as a metaphor for person, drawing on inner and outer landscapes to explore his experiences as father, son, and partner. His poems have appeared in San Pedro River Review, Blue Hour Magazine, Contemporary American Voices, and T(OUR), among others. Recent poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Yellow Chair Review, and Watershed: A Journal of the Susquehanna. Please visit DavidJBauman.com (blog) or http://wordfountain.net
MC: David Barsky
October 6, 2016 7:30 pm
THEME: The poetry of Mary Oliver River Poets will have the opportunity to read, hear and appreciate the poetry of Mary Oliver. Her spare yet vital verse conveys learning from the natural world and joins the pervasive themes of the human heart. Copies of several of her books will be available; Steve would like everyone who chooses to read at least one poem. Aficionados of MO are invited to read up to three of your favorites. There will also be time for reading of our own poetry work. Invite a friend!
MC: Steve Engelhardt
October 27, 2016 7:30 pm
THEME: Annual (still) dead poets –
Poetry that takes you beyond, comes from beyond, or involves cats.
MC: Dick Sweeney
Disclaimers and Possible Grains of Truth Department:
Our Very own BOOKLET– You must be heard to be seen. Poems for the annual booklet must have been read aloud between the April 2014and April 2015 readings; so show up, enunciate, invoke elocution and SUBMIT!! Limit is TWO Typed PAGES of poems per poet. You may bring a paper copy of poetry to the April 2, 2015 reading or e-mail it as an attachment to Richard Brook at firstname.lastname@example.org. Most often booklets are assembled and ready for distribution by May’s reading and you may buy at least one (ridiculously low price for original works, too). Yet another pitch: there are copies of earlier River Poets booklets if you are curious about RP’s progress, art, and production efforts over time. We are proud to be amateurs. Please understand, we have reached tentatively into the 21st century and continue to explore the junction of space and time with varying degrees of success.
ORIGINS – Founded in May 1994 at the Bloomsburg Public Library, River Poets has attracted members and poets from Scranton to Selinsgrove and other undisclosed locations. The format is themed (suggested, not required; encouraged not forced) or a featured reader(s) followed by an open reading. Although not strictly rule-bound, we do encourage a 3-poem or 5-minute time constraint on open readers, before we bring out a hook. Mostly we try to avoid having the audience zone out or run away screaming. All people and all works are welcomed – bring original items, favorite works, songs, a lie or two. River Poets is an encouraging and supportive group of pilgrims, pioneers, not too preachy, and notoriously polite. Really!!
Connecting – Seriously, it is your responsibility to contact the River Poets, as our ESP skills have evaporated.
You could just show up at the Bloomsburg Public Library on most any first Thursday or track us down at any other scheduled event (refer to calendar, website, please seek us out).
However, ifthat is not your style (you continue to be shy?) then please try any or all of the following:
If you are computer friendly and would like to receive reminders of poetry events, please send your e-mail address to Janet Locke email@example.com. Did we mention to VISIT (electronically, ethereally) the website www.riverpoets.com ?