The April 30th meeting featured a poetry reading by Seretta Martin.
Seretta Martin, our guest speaker began with some of her activities and experiences in bringing poetry to adults and children. Among her other credentials, she is currently editor for the San Diego Poetry Annual, a member of the editorial staff of Poetry International, and teacher and a student in San Diego State University’s MFA program. Seretta is a major supporter of Boarder Voices, a project aimed at helping children explore the universe through poetry. A poetry fair at Balboa Park in San Diego has been scheduled for May 12.
Ms. Martin also spoke about some of her more unusual activities. She taught poetry to a group of expelled eighth graders and managed to make a difference in a number of lives. She also like to experiment with different forms, such as ekphrastic poetry, where a poem is paired with a visual work of art, and haibun, a form that combines prose and haiku.
Following her introduction, Seretta shared several poems from her upcoming book. She spoke about the inspiration for several poems as well as discussing how to organize a book of poetry. Her work included prose poems, lyrical poetry, and haibun.
There was also some discussion about the differences between prose and poetry, how a poet decides when a poem is completed, and sources of inspiration.
Seretta provided a poem prompt for members who want to further their own skills and understanding.
The poem is to write a “memory poem.”
Write a poem from a memory of yours and send it to her with a notation from Mountain Writers Lake Arrowhead. Her email is: email@example.com
Some suggestions to get you started:
What memory do you treasure or not treasure?
People who helped or hurt you.
A place you saw for the last time.
Who is no longer in your life.
Triumphs or failures.
Part of your life lost.
Friend or mentor or pet.
Piece of music.
You may compose any way you like. Spurts, one word lines, narrative or lyrical. Pay attention to your opening line and the image you are presenting.
Good luck! And please share your poem with us at next meeting.
Art Frankel is having another book signing May 12, 10-3pm, Jensen’s Market in Blue Jay. Anyone interested in having a co-op book signing should contact him, 336-5526. He’s giving it another “go” due to the snow storm that hit the day he had his first signing.
Our next meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, May 21 so we won’t have a conflict with Memorial Day.