I. Welcome and Introductions: Richard W. Angilly, President
II. Gayle Eleanor
LIFE CHANGING POETRY
Emily Dickenson famously said “If I read a book [and] it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?”
Several of our members who found themselves profoundly moved by such a poem will present this program. Robert Eastwood, Gayle Eleanor, Will Landis, Charles McCauley, Robert McNally, Connie Post, Deborah Silverman, and Cher Wollard will read their life-changing poems and comment on the way it affected them.
The program will be followed by an open reading in which members or guests can read one of their own poems OR a poem of someone else’s that has had life-changing significance for them.
Gayle Eleanor is a retired Marriage and Family Therapist. The door to the world of poetry opened for her when she happened upon The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats many years ago. She subsequently read voraciously and began writing herself. She gives voice to her love of nature and our place in it. Her work has appeared in Atlanta Review, Calyx, Hawaii Pacific Review, Manzanita Quarterly, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Snowy Egret, and several other publications. She has published two collections of poems: Grace Happens (2001) and Nahanni (2002).
III. Refreshments provided by Cher Wollard