May 19, 2015, Book Club for Poets

The Book Club for Poets will still be meeting on the New England College campus tomorrow (May 19), but we’ll meet in the Simon Center, in front of the Great Hall.

Here are some “favorites” suggested to me for discussion:

The Revisionist Dream

The Last Good War

Ah, Poetry

The Day My Student Teaches Me That Life Is Not Art

Hope to see you there!

February 2015 Book Club for Poets: Something New!

On February 17, 2015, the Book Club for Poets will be trying something new: a whole session devoted to writing exercises based on the books we’ve read. If you can, bring one or two of your favorite books among the ones we’ve discussed. We’ll meet from 7 to 9 p.m. in the New England Room of the Danforth Library at New England College in Henniker, NH. Hope to see you there!

Supporting Indie Bookstores — and Local Businesses

Coming up! This Saturday, November 29, 2014, I’ll be “Bookseller (for a Day)” at Gibson’s Bookstore, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., in honor of Small Business Saturday. I’ll be featuring many of the books we’ve discussed in the Book Club for Poets. If you’re close to Concord, NH, swing by and see me!

Looking ahead to 2015

Thank you to everyone who came to our discussion of Sharon Olds’s Stag’s Leap!

Our next Book Club for Poets meeting will be on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, when we’ll be trying something new. This time, instead of reading and discussing a book, we’ll spend our time doing writing exercises based on some of the poets and poetic techniques we’ve been discussing. No prep work is needed: just bring one or two of the books you’ve especially enjoyed reading in the club — and plenty of paper and a pen. It should be fun!

In case in inclement weather, keep an eye on this blog. If New England College closes because of winter storms, we’ll also have to cancel our discussion in February. If the college is open but the weather is iffy, I’ll post any notices of cancellation on this blog.

The Book Club for Poets is a program of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project, and the group meets on the campus of New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. The group is designed for practicing poets who want to look closely at the techniques of accomplished writers — and the group is also free and open to the public.

Book Club for Poets Will Discuss Sharon Olds’s poetry on November 18

stagsleapOn November 18, the Book Club for Poets will discuss Sharon Olds’s Putlizer Prize-winning Stag’s Leap. Here are some poems that members of the club would like to discuss:

While He told Me (3)
Unspeakable (4)
Telling My Mother (10)
The Last Hour (13)
Last Look (14)
Stag’s Leap (16)
Known to be left (18)
Poems for the breasts (21)
Left-Wife Goose (34)
The Easel  (38)
Once In a While I Gave Up  (43)
To Our Miscarried One, Age Thirty Now (44)
French Bra (45)
The Haircut (63)
Crazy (65)
On Reading a Newspaper for the First Time as an Adult (71)
Left-Wife Bop (83)
What Left? (89)

**If you have any other favorites, please let me know!**

Directions to campus: (Danforth Library is located at 28 Bridge Street in Henniker)

Easiest parking: Park in the lot in front of the Simon Center, on Bridge Street. Enter the Simon Center, go up a few steps, and then walk to the back of the building. When you exit the back door (past the cafe), take the path to the left, which leads to Danforth Library.

If you need a map of campus, here’s link:

After we discuss Sharon Olds, our meeting after that will be on February 17. We’ll be trying something new for our February meeting. Instead of reading a book, we’ll spend our time doing writing exercises, some of them based on poems we’ve read in the Book Club. Should be fun!

A tweak to the design

I’ve been thinking for a while now that it would be nice for Your Own Small Craft to have a responsive design: that is, to have a design that will  look good whether you’re visiting the blog on your desktop, your tablet, or your phone. So today, I’m unveiling our new look. Hope you like it!

Otherwise, Your Own Small Craft will remain the same, featuring poets discussed by the Book Club for Poets. Our next meeting will be August 19, 2014, and our book will be Cathedral of Nervous Horses. Please stay tuned for more information, as we may be meeting in a different room than usual.

Rescheduling discussion of Walter E. Butts

boy_in_riverThe Book Club for Poets will be rescheduling its discussion of the poetry of Walter E. Butts for our summer meeting. I’ll post the date as soon as I can. In the meantime, here are some lines to whet your appetite:



Father baited the hooks
and cast his line in a long, curved arc,
slow and deliberate as any hawk
I’d seen riding thermals above the hills
on the far bank.

from “First Catch,” Walter E Butts, Cathedral of Nervous Horses (Hobblebush, 2013), p. 21.