Meet with us six times a year for a Poetry Bee!— a community gathering (near the not-quite full moon) where friends of poetry join together in the single activity of "indulging" just one poem at each "Bee". Yes— one poem only. We will read the selected poem more than once (silently and aloud). We will let the poem come in all avenues to the body, heart, mind and soul. We will allow time to respond to the poem, write to it, talk about it, write again, listen again, allowing a dynamic and creative evening to take shape.
As in the story of the blind man and the elephant, we will each have our own understandings, our own perspectives and insights about the poem. Your contribution will be an eloquent part of the whole.
You will find a new poem posted on this page at least two weeks prior to each Poetry Bee. It is available here if you wish to give the poem some prior reflection. However, reading the poem before the Poetry Bee is not necessary in order to enjoy the evening. Bring a friend who is curious or doubtful about poetry, or perhaps someone who even claims to dislike poetry. Be enriched and surprised. All are welcome!
Spring and Fall
to a young child
Márgarét, áre you gríeving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leáves, like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Ah! ás the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you will weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sórrow's spríngs áre the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It ís the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.
—by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Gerard Manley Hopkins Jesuit priest Gerard Manley Hopkins, born in England in 1844, wrote poetry which influenced many leading poets of the 20th century. Many of his poems, the most notable being
The Wreck of the Deutschland, were not published until after his death. Hopkins kept a journal recording his vivid responses to nature as well as his expression of a philosophy for which he later found support in Duns Scotus, the medieval Franciscan thinker.
Why a Poetry "Bee"?
The inspiration for this first class was prompted by the good old-fashioned quilting bee. Most early students of language assumed that the word “bee” was the same word as referred to the insect. They thought that this particular meaning had probably been inspired by the obvious similarity between human gatherings (such as the quilting bee, husking bee, etc.) and the industrious, social nature of a beehive. But in recent years scholars have suggested instead that this bee is a completely different word.
One possibility is that it comes from the Middle English word bene, which means "a prayer" or "a favor" (and is related to the more familiar word boon).
In England, a dialectal form of this word, been or bean, referred to "voluntary help given by neighbors toward the accomplishment of a particular task." (Webster's Third New International Dictionary). We think our Poetry Bees are a "cross-pollination" of all these meanings!
What happens at a Poetry Bee?
We gather with friends of poetry to study, celebrate and discuss one purposely chosen poem for the evening. We let that poem come in through all avenues to the body, mind and soul. We allow time to respond to the poem, write to it, talk about it, listen again, allowing a dynamic and creative evening to take shape.
LOCATION The Holistic Health Center
800 Compton Road #24
Cincinnati, Ohio 45231
To Bee Announced
Presented by local poets—
Susan Frances Glassmeyer Valerie Chronis Bickett