Of course the reading tonight is on my mind. I've made notes and I will briefly introduce each poem.
In trying to understand poetry more I found some quotes I like:
"Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild."
"Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private."
And then there's this quote from Pablo Neruda who has a way of saying something that it would leave one breathless:
"I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests."
A funny one about haiku from Roger McGough (I have one haiku in the chapbook):
"The only problem
with Haiku is that you just
get started and then"
It's a really wet, grey day and it's supposed to be the longest day of the year!