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WHAT CAN A POEM DO? A Writer in Residence Event at Putney Library

May 14, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

A poem can tell a story. A poem can send out a cry from the heart of the speaker. A poem can leap from image to image, idea to idea. A poem can get up on stage and declaim. Or do all these things at once (see Shakespeare).

A poem can “make sense” or not. A poem can create a world of its own in which “making sense” is a different business altogether. Or sense may not even come into it.

On May 14th at 6:30pm, join poet and writer in residence, Michelle Blake, at the Putney Library to read and talk about what poems do and how they do it.

If you want to, bring a poem that tells a story, a poem that cries from the heart, a poem that “makes sense,” a poem that does not “make sense,” a poem that creates its own understanding of what making sense means, or bring many poems that do these things, or poems that are complete mysteries.

If you were at our meeting in April and still have the handouts, bring those, too.

Or just come with a longing to hear magnificent language read out loud.

Spring evening, muffins, poetry and good company provided.

The Writer In Residence Events are made possible through generous donations by Dorothy Morris Mudd and friends of Margot Torrey.

Putney Public Library is located at 55 Main St in Putney, VT. This event is free and open to the public.


May 14, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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