Conversations with Poetry kicks off June 5

Apr 30, 2014

Friends of the Library will offer a Conversations With Poetry series from 4 to 6 p.m. beginning June 5 at the Waynesville Branch Library. The series will be led by Michael Beadle, local poet and educator.

The series will be held at the same time for five Thursdays.  There will be no discussion the week of July 4.

Listen to timeless verses from contemporary and world-renowned poets; experience dramatic poetry performances from local high school students; learn more about the art and craft of poetry; and discover how poems inspire, transform and deepen our lives.

June 5

“Young Voices, Timeless Poems” — Haywood County high school students will perform classical and contemporary poems they have memorized as part of a nationally recognized poetry recitation contest known as Poetry Out Loud.  For the past four years, Haywood County students have placed high in this completion.  Listening to these poems, seeing them come alive, we will discover a whole new way to experience poetry.

June 12

“It’s Personal; It’s Complicated: Poems About Parents” — Poets, like the rest of us, wrestle with complex relationships and the emotions attached to them.  There may be no more complicated, life-defining relationship than what we share with our parents. How can poetry help us to find the language to navigate this world of connection, aging and acceptance?

June 19

“Call of the Wild” — Nature often serves as the finest muse for many poets such as Mary Oliver, William Stafford and Wendell Barry.  How do poets approach the mystery of nature and wilderness, and what can we learn from these observations?

June 26

“I Hear America Singing” — As a lead-in to Fourth of July festivities, we take a closer look at American poets — particularly Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes — as we explore what it means to be American.

July 10

“Odes to Everyday Objects”  — Too often, we think of poetry being only about lofty subjects such as love and death. Poetic language transforms the mundane into the sublime, regardless of the topic.  Take a closer look at poets such as Pablo Neruda who immortalized common objects with lyrical odes.  We will try our hands at writing odes.

“Good Poems” is the collection of poetry to be used. Books will be available at the June 5 meeting, which will be used in the remainder of the series.  There is no charge for the books.  Books can also be checked out with Teresa Glance during office hours.  Refreshments will be served at all afternoon meetings. It is not necessary to attend all the sessions.

For more information, email Michael Beadle at

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