Saturday, May 22, 2010

To Read or Not To Read

This week it was my turn to host Book Club.  We have a small group, 8 members or so.  Since May is my most busy month of the year, I opted not to read a book.  Instead I wanted to have a night of poetry.

I asked everyone to bring their favorite poem or book of poems to share.  I told the group if they were brave enough, they could write a poem of their own.

I prepared (and made a trip to the bakery) some treats that I thought appropriate for poetry.

I had so much fun.  My sister, Alyson, came.  She is a poetry "expert" and it was so fun to hear her explain what makes a sonnet a sonnet. Pentameters and syllables. And personal insights into the famous poets, etc. She knows her stuff.  Especially the poets from England, which hold a special place in my heart.

Some of the gals brought very traditional poems and some brought some I was not even familiar with, some even morbid.  I loved it.  I love that poetry can express things that I cannot put into words. 

My favorite poet made a guest appearance.  I read one of his sonnets as my favorite.

I made up a jar full of nouns and had everyone write a Haiku about the word they picked.  Words like;  lemonade, blossoms, sunshine, shoes, ice cream.  Fun activity.  Remember Haiku?

The word I picked was flip flops.

Freedom for my toes
Fun, sand, sun, running freely
Favorite footwear


Rachel said...

So much fun! Thanks for all the yummy treats, but most of all the good company!

Melanie J said...

This is a fantastic idea. I love poetry, too. I'll have to suggest this for my book club. Love it.