TIME is the theme of National Poetry Month this year. James Deahl, a poet who recently moved to Sarnia from Hamilton, and I are co-organizing this reading: we hope you will have a good time, hearing how our seven poets approach this subject. Readers include: Beverly (Baila) Ellenbogen, James Deahl, Dave Haskins, Ellen S. Jaffe, Norma West Linder, Chris Pannell, and Lynn Tait — who bring a wide range of voice, experience, and craft to their poetry practice. There will be books for sale and refreshments available. This event is just before the Easter weekend, and during Passover, so come celebrate “the cruellest month” which still has “showers sweet.”
Listen to Ellen reciting poetry.
“The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday – but never jam today.” White Queen to Alice, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, by Lewis Carroll.
peach and gooseberry
sweet-tart on the tongue
spread on toast, muffins,
bagel with raisins
and cinnamon –
spice of the sabbath
now her body is jamming
itself, cells stuck and clogged
blocking the vital
flowers jam in the garden,
jazz musicians gone wild,
cacophony of tulips
trill of daffodil
violin tones of violets
and weeping redbud,
one gooseberry bush
bursting into flower
to be picked.
Ellen S. Jaffe, 2016
for Sharon H. Nelson (2 January 1948 – 12 June 2016)
published in Persimmon Tree, Summer 2017
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