Making Poetry Fun

Poetry Circle provides welcoming environment for poetry enthusiasts

Poetry Circle 2014- Magdalena

One person seated around the table wrote about the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. Another wrote about a rivalry between sisters. All 11 amateur poets were participating in the Poetry Circle at the Aptos Branch
on Saturday, April 12.

Led by Corralitos poet and teacher Magdalena Montagne, the Poetry Circle meets three times a month and is one of a number of library programs funded by the Friends of The Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

Montagne says the Poetry Circle allows participants to get out of the fast lane for a couple hours and express their feelings through the written word. “It just really gives you a space to stop and slow down. It really brings
you into the present.”

It’s a “treasure,” says Santa Cruz resident Thea Crossley, who has been coming to the workshops since they began three years ago. “I can’t tell you how precious it is.”

Poetry Circle 2014- Thea Crossley

Montagne begins each Poetry Circle by passing around copies of a published poem or two. She talks about the poem’s theme and then the participants write for 20 minutes. After that, each poet reads aloud his or her work and receives feedback from the group.

Montagne tries to create a relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere. “One of the reasons people feel comfortable writing and sharing is the group is I try to make it fun,” she says. “It’s not an intellectual thing.”

The Poetry Circle meets on the first Saturday of the month at the Downtown Branch, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; the second Saturday at the Aptos Branch, 1 to 3 p.m.; and the third at the Scotts Valley Branch, 2 to 4 p.m. Writers of all ages are welcome.

Poetry Circle 2014- Joyce Keller (2)

 

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