To the Edge! What is an edge, and how do we define our relationship to it? Sometimes an edge is an invitation for us to be daring, a temptation to step up, take a risk and fly. Other times an edge may signal a time to retreat to safety. They can represent physical, political or societal borders and other human-made divisions. Edges lie at the frontier of what is known and unknown.

Next time’s theme is “Colour: Aubergine” on Zoom on January 18th.

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.

To the Edge by Guillaume Apollinaire

A Secret Life by Stephen Dunn
Watch an interview with the poet

On the Edge by Viola Grey

Breakage by Mary Oliver

Leonardo DiCaprio by Billy Ray Belcourt from NDN Coping Mechanisms
This book is part of our Sharing Library!
Watch a poetry reading by Billy Ray (he reads Leonardo DiCaprio at 12:58)

Complaint of El Río Grande by Richard Blanco
Read and Listen to Richard reading this poem.

Pluto by Diane Ackerman from The Planets: A Cosmic Pastoral
Read an article: Poetry as a Quantum Phenomenon
Watch videos from the event Universe in Verse (where science and poetry meet)

SPOT Write Prompt

Poetry reading & writing prompt for next week

Prompt/Theme: “Colour: Aubergine”

When we meet again on January 18th, bring along poems inspired by the colour aubergine. There is no obligation to write, but if you feel inspired, you are welcome to bring your poem to share at the next gathering.