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!


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: http://www.nec.edu/about/visit/ (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: http://www.nec.edu/campus-map/.

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!

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.

W.E. Butts on April 15

The Book Club for Poets will discuss W.E. Butts’s Cathedral of Nervous Horses on April 15, 2014, in the Reflection Room, top floor of the Simon Center, New England College, Henniker, New Hampshire, 7–9 p.m. Here are the poems club members have requested we discuss:

“What We Did Wrong, 1956” (p. 8)
“The Last Hold” (p. 9)
“Martin’s Nursing Home” (p. 13)
“First Catch” (p. 21)
“Day Labor” (p. 26)
“The Lover” (p. 49)
“Movies in a Small Town, 1957” (p. 50)
“Innocence” (p. 53)
“Sunday Evening at the Stardust Café” (p. 58)
“Sunday Factory” (p. 72)
“The Calling” (p. 86)
“The Annual Richard Milhous Nixon Pig Roast & 4th of July Celebration” (p. 94)
“What To Say If the Birds Ask” (p. 98)

The Book Club for Poets is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!

Poems to discuss at the Book Club for Poets, January 21, 2013

pomegranate1Here are the poems we’ll be discussion from New and Collected Poems by Eavan Boland at the January 21, 2013, Book Club for Poets discussion:

“The War Horse,” 39
“On the Gift of The Birds of America by John James Audubon,” 168
“The Achill Woman,” 176
“Pomegranate,” 215
“Colony,” 245-57
Selections from Against Love Poetry, 279-307

You can bring copies of poems not in this book, and we’ll discuss them as we have time. If you want to suggest further poems, just let me know!

The discussion will take place from 7-9 p.m. in the New England Room of Danforth Library, New England College, Henniker, New Hampshire. All poets who would like to discuss craft are welcome!

The October 15, 2013, Book Club for Poets Discussion

The Book Club for Poets will discuss the craft of Billy Collins’s Horoscopes for the Dead on October 15, 7 p.m., in the New England Room, Danforth Library, at  New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. Free and open to the public.
On October 3, 2013, Billy Collins will give a reading of his poetry and receive the Hall-Kenyon Prize at the Concord  City Auditorium in Concord, New Hampshire. For tickets to this event, visit http://tinyurl.com/HKPrize. If you hear a poem at this reading that you’d love to discuss, let me know, and I’ll try to add it to our discussion.

Upcoming 2013-2014 Book Club for Poets Discussions

Here are the upcoming 2013–2014 dates for the Book Club for Poets, all to be held in the New England Room of Danforth Library, New England College, Henniker, New Hampshire:

Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 7-9pm, Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard
Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 7-9pm, book TBA (Hall-Kenyon Prize winner)
Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 7-9pm, Eavan Boland, book TBA
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 7-9pm, book TBA

If you have a favorite Eavan Boland book, let me know!