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50th Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 50th Virtual Poetry Circle.

Stay tuned for the giveaway details below.  Only participants in the circle are eligible.

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

Today, we’re going to go easy on you with a contemporary poem from Gregg Mosson:

California Orange Trees

Racing the river, events resurface within abiding shapes;

the heart pounds rapidly, but the hands must steer.

Orange superabundance—I once saw just waste.

My dear friend washed elsewhere, cheer me through God’s ear.

Let me know your thoughts, ideas, feelings, impressions. Let’s have a great discussion…pick a line, pick an image, pick a sentence.

I’ve you missed the other Virtual Poetry Circles, check them out here. It’s never too late to join the discussion.

Giveaway details:

1.  Leave a comment on this post about what poets you’d like to see featured.

Deadline is July 17, 2010, at 11:59PM EST.
Here are the books to choose from:

  1. An Anthology of Twentieth Century New Zealand Poetry by Vincent O’Sullivan
  2. Lost Possessions by Keri Hume
  3. Walt Whitman Selected Poems
  4. A Coney Island of the Mind


  • This is one of those poems that just doesn’t do anything for me because I don’t know what the heck it means. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I don’t like it or it isn’t good, because that would be imposing a judgment on something I don’t understand well enough to judge. I like the image I get of orange superabundance – thinking of oranges on a tree, but I have the sneaking suspicion it has nothing to do with the poem!

    Anyway, yes, me too, wanting to say congrats on #50 and great job trying to bring culture to the resisting masses, like me! :–)
    rhapsodyinbooks´s last blog post ..Sunday Salon – Review of “The Rock and The River” by Kekla Magoon

  • J.T. Oldfield

    hmmm…is it about white water rafting? I’d think it was about speeding down I-5 if not for the thing about the river. Then again, I don’t know how many orange trees grow close to rapids.

    Anyways, what I really wanted to say was congrats on your 50th poetry circle!

  • Susan Helene Gottfried

    No need to enter me, babe. I’m dropping in to let you know I’ve got this posted at Win a Book. Thanks, as always, for the e-mail.
    Susan Helene Gottfried´s last blog post ..Unfinished Business

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  • I always have trouble with abstract poems, and this one seems that to me. I do like line 2 because I’ve felt that before, troubled or excited or scared but you have to keep to the task at hand. Not sure it that’s what he was getting at, though.

    I can’t remember which poets you’ve featured and which you haven’t. It’s been quite awhile that you’ve been doing these posts. What about Anne Sexton? I don’t think you’ve done her yet.
    Anna´s last blog post ..Everything Austen II and Mid-Year Challenge Update