Monday, December 05, 2005
Of pomegranates, papaya, poems and chocolate
Despite the snowy evening, we had a wonderful turnout for Poetic Desserts. Eight of us read, listened and indulged in a variety of sweet offerings from the dangerous: chocolate truffles to the exotic: papaya and pomegranate; Seamus Heaney to Di Brandt. John read an Atwood poem thru his camera; Adam read his own poems plus Melissa's, I read a whole pile of poets' stuff and not all of the poets I chose were dead this time, a rarity for me apparently. Michelle read a bit of French poetry also. The next Poetic Desserts will likely have to be changed from January 1 to the 8th. It's really interesting to hear the selections everyone makes. You can see how they are influenced. It was no surprise to find Stephen chosing Heaney with his precision of language and grotesque imagery. Powerful stuff. John matched Stephen in gruesome imagery with a poem of Irving Layton's. I should have read Bukowski.