We welcomed 2021 with the theme of Beginnings. In this transitional time of year, it was interesting that the poems we read followed a linear path from burning the old, to crossing a threshold, to approaching a blank canvas…and then jumped into a celebration of time not being linear at all!

Next time’s theme is “To the Edge” on Zoom on January 11th.

SPOT Reading List

A list of the poems we read

I’ve added some links where I could to the poems, poets or books if you would like to explore.

Burning the Old Year by Naomi Shihab Nye from Words Under the Words

January, an Excerpt from Ted Kooser’s The Wheeling Year

New Year’s Eve 2020 by Catherine Walker (A Spot of Poetry member)

The Empty Canvas by Merrill Heubach (A Spot of Poetry member)

About the artist Sun Ra from an article on the Poetry Foundation site.
Listen to the Weird Studies Podcast episode here.

SPOT Write Prompt

Poetry reading & writing prompt for next week

Prompt/Theme: “To the Edge”

When we meet again on January 11th, bring along poems around the theme of To the Edge. There is no obligation to write, but if you feel inspired, you are welcome to bring your poem to share at the next gathering.