Aubergine as colour and fruit inspired a range of poems that were funny, sensual and political. Some were a study of light, others subverted gender stereotypes. Another theme that emerged was ecstatic love poetry where the speakers questioned whether nature had plagiarized or stolen its beauty from a poet’s love interest. It was a wonderful lively discussion, thank you to everyone that attended!
We were anticipating the American Inauguration that took place the day after – watch the radiant Amanda Gorman perform her poem The Hill We Climb.
Next time’s theme is “Sunsets” at the Lunenburg Bandstand on January 25th.
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 Aubergine by Ogden Nash
The Eggplant Epithalamion by Erica Jong
Love Song by Henry Dumas
Cosmic Consciousness, by Richard Bucke
Sonnet 99 by William Shakespeare
Watch Sir Patrick Stewart read it as part of his Sonnet a Day project.
The Purple Flower Life Mastery Academy by Catherine Walker (A Spot of Poetry member)
Find the Light by Theresa Heffler (A Spot of Poetry member)
There was something in Theresa’s poem that brought this Hozier song to mind Cherry Wine.
The Poet by Gladys Cardiff
(from When the Light of the World was Subdued Our Songs Came Through from our Sharing Library)
Poetry reading & writing prompt for next week
When we meet again on January 25th, bring along poems inspired by Sunsets. There is no obligation to write, but if you feel inspired, you are welcome to bring your poem to share at the next gathering.