Playing on the Page

Poet Cara Benson [that’s me] will lead a Poetry Workshop, “Playing on the Page,” as a part of Roeliff Jansen Community Library’s Poetry Month celebration. The workshop is open to beginning and experienced poets, and will run from 1:00 until 4:00 pm, Saturday, April 23. [That’s tomorrow.]

“Laugh, cry, prickle, twinkle, be silent. Do this or that or nothing. Whatever it is in a poem that makes you want to do those things is what Dylan Thomas called the poetry of it. Sounds pleasurable, doesn’t it? It is! Let’s have some fun with language. We’ll pour it all out, then play with where the words go. Never made a poem before? Not sure what one is? Jump in – the water’s fine! Been loving poetry for decades? You’ll fit right in, too. We’ll read, write, talk, and respond to each other’s work with kind attention. We’ll come away with a few new poems.”

The workshop fee is $15, and pre-registration is required. Some scholarships are available. Call the library at (518) 325-4101 to inquire about waiver of fee or to register.

Roeliff Jansen Community Library, which is chartered to serve Ancram, Copake and Hillsdale, is located at 9091 Route 22, approximately one mile south of the light at the Hillsdale intersection of Routes 22 and 23. For information on hours and events, call 518 325-4101 or visit the library’s website at Follow the library on Twitter: @libraryroe.

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