A Taste of Poetry returns on October 24, and I can hardly wait to welcome our poets. Stanley Plumly is a leading light in the world of poetry, with many books to his credit. We are so fortunate that he is coming. Elisabeth Murawski is a marvelous poet whose work appeared in The Sow's Ear Poetry Review in the Summer issue and will appear again in our Fall issue. Our community of contributors is far-flung, so it is a treat when one is close by to share their work in person.
We choose poems as alive as possible for our pages, and art that helps them leap off the page. But poetry is meant to live in the mouth. A Taste of Poetry lets us go "all the way" - straight to ears and hearts.
This is one reason the event came into being five years ago. In Winchester, Virginia, and the region around it I saw few opportunities to hear fine poetry and to meet poets dedicated to a life of craft. And if people do not hear poetry, they might never learn to love it - to turn to it for pleasure and sustenance. If people do not hear poets in person, they might miss that poetry is not dry stuff on a page, but the water of life.
A Taste of Poetry - we nearly called it A Taste for Poetry - pairs delicious food with words that feed you, addressing mind and body. Some of our audience are connoisseurs of words, and dessert is just a bonus. Some come for the food, and discover they love the poems.
We have hosted two poets a year since 2011, in Summer and Fall. Among them were Michael Collier, Rose Solari, Kelly Cherry, and other luminaries. Our perfect partner is the Shenandoah Arts Council. This adds another dimension to the event, one which is close to my heart. On each page of the poetry review, we marry visual art with literary art. And at each "Taste" the room where the poets read is filled with art.
On October 24, you may choose an extra treat! For $30 per person, you can come early, at 5:30, and have "Dinner with the Poets." Come, sit down to a family-style dinner with Stanley and Elisabeth. You will be doing your part to keep this event financially secure.
Please make a reservation by October 21, as seating is limited. Of course, if you come at 7, we welcome you as always to the reading and dessert.