Welsh poet and writer, Dylan Thomas, once conveyed: "Poetry is what in a poem makes you laugh, cry, prickle, be silent, makes your toe nails twinkle, makes you want to do this or that or nothing, makes you know that you are alone in the unknown world, that your bliss and suffering is forever shared and forever all your own." It takes courage to share your poetry, and yet every poet yearns to do so.
On August 13, 2016, forty poetry-lovers gathered in the exhibit hall of ShenArts, a non-profit arts council located in Winchester, Virginia, to enjoy a poetry reading by American poet, Ron Smith. An array of cakes, cookies, and fruits delighted our palettes, while we sat listening to a variety of poems from his published collections. "The track star who hasn't done his homework / wants to argue again. His opinion / is his opinion and mine is only / mine," began Smith, reading the opening lines of his poem, "Objectivity," published in Moon Road: Poems 1986-2005. The audience became captivated by words woven to ensnare us in the magic of poetry. It was like a Pied Piper moment, only instead of following the tunes of a flute, our minds were caught by the voice of a bard sharing his own poetical devices. And that is the beauty of A Taste of Poetry.
This year, Carrabba's Italian Grill donated a delicious chicken alfredo pasta dish, Caesar salad, and fresh bread for our Dinner with the Poet. Eighteen people gathered for the catered meal prior to A Taste of Poetry. Elegant stemware. Ebony-clothed tables. Lively conversation. Glasses of shimmering wine. Dinner was a treat. In addition to Carrabba's, Country Inn & Suites provided accommodations for our guest poet and his wife. The evening would not have been a success without the partnership of ShenArts, Carrabba's, Country Inn & Suites, and those who donated, dined, or drew near to hear poetry read by its very own acclaimed poet,
Imagine an evening surrounded by an exhibit of fine art, conversation inspired by an engaging poet that loves his or her craft, delicious food, and an opportunity to connect with poetry in tangible ways. If you missed the August Taste of Poetry, don't miss the next one. Keep your eyes open for publicity surrounding our next Taste of Poetry!