Do you need more poetry in your life?
Here’s what some of our regulars say about these short “poetry breaks”:
I’ve found our weekend meditative poetry readings a lovely way to start my day. Hearing a poem read three times enriches my understanding of it more than I expected. And, because we are generally finished in 15 minutes, it’s a commitment that is not at all burdensome. I’ve rarely read poetry since I graduated from college and I’m grateful for the chance to get reacquainted with it.
- Kathy Sayers
- Barb Bowmar
I’ve tried various ways (often after making new year’s resolutions) to “get into” poetry – reading aloud; memorizing one a month, etc. This approach has turned me into a poetry-enthusiast. Some of what’s different is reading poems by contemporary women: accessible themes; and having a nice, small group of more contemporary women to share (not discuss or debate) with.
- Mary Bennett
New Approach for May
We’d like to add a few more people. It’s OK to drop-in, but we also think more people might enjoy having this as a regular practice as some of us have had for about 6 months now..
For May we’ll focus on particular poets. If it turns out to be well received, the group may vote on the next month’s poet at the end of May.
Saturday group will be Margaret Atwood poems including from her recent collection Dearly.
Sunday group will be Naomi Shihab Nye, already a favorite of our group. If you haven’t already discovered her, we think you’ll enjoy. She also writes children’s books.
Background and Times
UCV women in collaboration with the Canadian U*U Women’s Association offer women’s meditative poetry gatherings on zoom.
- Note new time: First Tuesdays at 5 pm Pacific/ 8 pm Eastern – a focus on poetry related to environment/climate change
- Saturdays and Sundays at 9 am Pacific/12 noon Eastern
- Read a poem written by a (usually) Canadian (almost always) woman three times with a one-minute pause and brief sharing between.
- Participants listen during the first reading for words or phrases that strike them.
- Second reading, listen for feelings or memories that are stirred.
- Third reading, listen for a message or personal meaning.
- We usually have about a minute’s of silence after each reading and then, as we’re usually a small group of 3 or 4, everyone shares briefly. We’re always finished within half an hour, usually 15 minutes.
We have an email group. If you want to e-meet the other group members and receive occasional reminders or links to poetry, please join by sending an email to email@example.com If you need assistance joining contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org
See the CUUWA page here: https://cuuwa.org/meditative-poetry-circle/