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Monday, August 9, 2010

Good News from John J. Trause


Dear Family & Friends,



Last Wednesday’s reading was well attended and full of a diverse array of poetry. Marian Calabro started the evening with her detailed and engaging lecture on the relationship between William Carlos Williams and his life-long friend the painter Charles Demuth as expressed in Demuth’s poster portrait of Dr. Williams, The Figure 5 in Gold (1928). This iconic painting is based on Dr. Williams’s poem “The Great Figure” and elements of their friendship. Our features Caterina Belvedere and Davidson Garrett presented very powerful poetry in their individual dramatic styles. It was also a rare treat to see a professional actor such as Davidson perform Dr. Williams’s poem “The Tract”, which we learned was a rebuke of Dylan Thomas’s “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”.



I continue to co-host with Jane Fisher, Rutherford Free Public Library Director, this excellent series, now in its fifth year, so please come by for this upcoming reading. Mark your calendars now!



NOTE that this series is held on FIRST Wednesdays each month from now on.



I have three poems in The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow volume 3, and I look forward to joining in the celebration as both host and participating poet.



The WCW Poetry Cooperative of Southern Bergen County is pleased to invite as our next feature the Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow Poets, on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 7:00 p. m. This monthly program will also feature the words of William Carlos Williams (presented this month by Joel Lewis) and time-permitting open readings from the floor. No advanced registration is required and all poets and poetry lovers are invited. Note that we are now holding the WCW Poetry Cooperative readings on the Terrace of the Williams Center for the Arts (http://www.williamscenter.org/ ) located at 1 Williams Plaza in Rutherford, N. J. Download a program flyer here:




www.rutherfordlibrary.org/sept10poetry.pdf



Also, please remember that noted poet Jim Klein leads our peer-to-peer poetry workshops (Red Wheelbarrow Poets) on Wednesdays (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th) when we do not have the readings. These will continue in the Rutherford Free Public Library (http://www.rutherfordlibrary.org/ ). Please see the flyer here:





www.rutherfordlibrary.org/wedworkshops.pdf



Also, please see the Red Wheelbarrow website here:




redwheelbarrowpoets.wordpress.com/a-red-wheelbarrow/about



Remember that the Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow Poets have published volume 3 of The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow anthology including three poems of mine, those of many others associated with the WCW Poetry Cooperative and literary life in Rutherford, and some excellent essays. Copies of the anthology will be on sale, so please contact the editors at redwheelbarrowpoets@yahoo.com, if you would like more information or like to arrange the purchase a copy or two. They make excellent birthday or holiday gifts for poetry lovers and anyone who loves literature and history.



Please come out and support these creative endeavors.



Thank you.



Love & Peace,


JOHN

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