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No pretensions: just poetry. Stop by, recommend books, offer up poems (excerpted), tempt us, taunt us, tell us what to read and where to go (to read iNo pretensions: just poetry.
Stop by, recommend books, offer up poems (excerpted), tempt us, taunt us, tell us what to read and where to go (to read it!)
Goodreads honors wordsmiths: poets and poetry promoted and prompted here.
"Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits." -- Carl Sandburg
“God has a brown voice, as soft and full as beer.” —Anne Sexton
On Clouds – “…what primitive tastes the ancients must have had if their poets were inspired by those absurd, untidy clumps of mist, idiotically jostling one another about…” —Yevgeny Zamyatin
“If the poet wants to be a poet, the poet must force the poet to revise. If the poet doesn’t wish to revise, let the poet abandon poetry and take up stamp-collecting or real estate.” —Donald Hall
“Poetry is a rich, full-bodied whistle, cracked ice crunching in pails, the night that numbs the leaf, the duel of two nightingales, the sweet pea that has run wild, Creation’s tears in shoulder blades.” —Boris Pasternak
“Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.” —Charles Simic
“Language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.” —Gustave Flaubert
“Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does.” —Allen Ginsberg
“I think one of poetry’s functions is not to give us what we want… [T]he poet isn’t always of use to the tribe. The tribe thrives on the consensual. The tribe is pulling together to face the intruder who threatens it. Meanwhile, the poet is sitting by himself in the graveyard talking to a skull.” —Heather McHugh
“I am ashamed of my century, but I have to smile” —Frank O’Hara
James River Writers
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— last activity Nov 18, 2013 06:54PM
Welcome to the official Goodreads page for James River Writers. JRW is a non-profit organization which builds community by connecting and inspiring wrWelcome to the official Goodreads page for James River Writers. JRW is a non-profit organization which builds community by connecting and inspiring writers and readers in central Virginia.
This group page on Goodreads will serve as JRW's flagship for introducing its members to the many fantastic writers who have spoken at our annual conference and other events throughout the years and at this year's upcoming conference. Our next conference is being held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in October.
Starting in March 2013, we plan to highlight two books each month for reading and discussion on our boards. Threads in our message boards will include analysis of the writer's craft, but we also plan to include threads for simply discussing what you like or don't like about each book as a reader. One of the two books selected will include one for adults. The second selection will be intended for younger audiences (young adult, middle grade, etc.) in an effort to encourage teenagers to read. Whenever possible, we hope to have the writers join in these discussions.
We're very excited to be expanding JRW's presence online, and hope this reading group will provide a fun environment for our many members to discuss the craft of the written word. While this group is not limited to our organization's members, we hope those who join in our discussions here will be encouraged to and help support JRW....more