The purpose of the Poetry Reading Circle is to come together to read poets of interest to the group and share perspectives. I introduce a little background information on the poet's biography and approach to poetry. We take turns reading the poems and then share our ideas and perspectives in a relaxed atmosphere. Poets we choose are archived in the Poetry Foundation Web site so that any one can have access to the poems. Please feel free to bring any book or poem of the author we are discussing that you would like to share in addition to the poems on the Poetry Foundation Web site.
For July, we will be reading poet Pablo Neruda. You can follow the link to the Poetry Foundation to read about the life and work of each month's poet. Download and print the poems (usually three) at the end of the bibliographic material, and bring those with you to our meeting.
July: Pablo Neruda
Catherine Anderson’s third poetry collection, Women with a Gambling Mania, appeared in 2014 with Mayapple Press and was named as one of the Kansas City Star’s top 100 books of the year. She is the author of The Work of Hands (Perugia Press) and In the Mother Tongue (Alice James Books). Poems and essays have appeared in the Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, the Midwest Quarterly, Imagination & Place, The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, The New Virginia Review, and many others. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Gary Gildner Poetry Award offered by the I-70 Review, and in 2010, she won the Crab Orchard Review’s Richard Peterson Poetry Prize. For two decades she lived in Boston where she edited a community newspaper and taught English. She now lives in Kansas City where she has been working with the region’s refugee communities for over eleven years.