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!


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.

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.

Poetry of Natasha Tretheway

9780618872657_custom-b63ae3224957891bde29e0afba9be2c958d4dd63-s6-c30Here’s an excerpt from “What Is Evidence,” from Natasha Tretheway’s Native Guard, which the Book Club for Poets will discuss on July 16, 2013, in the Sayce Lounge of the Simon Center, New England College, Henniker, New Hampshire, 7 to 9 p.m.:

Not the fleeting bruises she’d cover
with makeup, a dark patch as if imprint
of a scope she’d pressed her eye too close to,
looking for a way out, nor the quiver
in the voice she’d steady, leaning
into the pot of bones on the stove.

The Book Club for Poets is free and open to any poets at any level wishing to discuss craft. If you have favorite poems from Native Guard that you’d like to discuss, please let me know!

The Art of the Chapbook

I’ll be leading a class, The Art of the Chapbook, at the Writers’ Day conference on March 31, 2012. To learn more, visit I’d love to see any of our Book Club for Poets participants — or anyone who’s considering attending our discussions.