PoemCity / PoemCenter #3

Our reportorial staff was sitting around the press room at the MSAC Blog earlier this month, worrying how to finish off National Poetry Month with a bang, but without any hard work, which we just weren’t up to.  Archy, our best writer,  a published vers libre poet in fact, already had a sore head from banging out too much copy.  Mehitabel, our gossip columnist,  thinks she’s some kind of  cleopatra, too busy dancing to be caged at a keyboard.  Lately she had spent too many late nights under the blear eyed moon, caterwalling in unsavory corners of the Capital City, to worry about either the Capital Campaign or PoemCity. That left only the copy boy and he was desperate. Then the proverbial lightbulb!  Let someone else do the job!

But who could we find to discover for the world the poetry of the Capital Campaign?

Sherry Olson, an award-wining poet in her own right, teaches a class in poetry writing at the Center.  Maybe her class could be lured with siren calls of fame and fortune?  The challenge was put at April’s Tuesday Lunch, where Sherry and members of the class recited several entertaining and moving examples of their writing.  Aha! They fell for the appeal and wrote a group “Pantoum” (read about it here), a structured poem peculiarly suited to a group effort.  As the copy boy was pasting up the copy for this issue, Archy nibbled the mucilage and said he couldn’t have written a tastier poem himself.

Montpelier Senior Activity Center

Is anyone else signing up for ukulele?
Here, we are explorers, free to dabble and play.
We learn for the fun of it
and get flu shots and help with our taxes too.

We are explorers, free to dabble and play,
do yoga or Tai Chi, paint when we didn’t think we could,
and get flu shots and help with our taxes too.
It’s a second chance to be a pool shark.

We do yoga or Tai Chi, paint when we didn’t think we could,
try out poetry, rug hooking, Italian conversation, and much more.
It’s a second chance to be a pool shark.
But we are rebuilding our center and need more funds.

Try out poetry, rug hooking, Italian conversation, and much more.
Our goal is in sight with help from you.
We need funds to finish the work.
We thank you.

Our goal is in sight with help from you.
Learning for the fun of it.
We thank you.
Is anyone else signing up for ukulele?

In accord with the promise of fame and fortune, here is a group photo of our group poet.

Sherry Olson's Poetry Class missing two members

Our Group Poet, “Poetry Class” (missing two members). Sherry Olson third from left.

(That covers fame. Fortune? well, poets never really expect fortune anyway.)

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Coming Next: If you are searching here for all the latest news and views on 58 Barre Street and the Capital Campaign — Don’t bother!  Instead, see the new issue of the Montpelier Bridge on stands everywhere Thursday, May 3.  It’s got it all!

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