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Great Poetry for Summer Reading
Beach Time and Poolside Must Reads
"There was a time before the advent of television that people often gathered in designated parlors to do community poetry readings. At one point, before the tsunami of standardized testing, teachers required that students memorize and recite poetry for a grade. Although those days are gone, children today can still get carried away with the wonder and splendor of poetry.
Timeless in many ways, poetry is still growing strong. This summer, some real stand-out poetry books for children are must-reads by the poolside or at the beach. The nice thing about reading poetry at such venues is that, between forays with friends, splashes in the water or frolics along the sand; one can enjoy as many or as few of the poems as they like.
Please see the entire article by Shirley Hammond for a few selections that merit packing away in the beach bag or book tote."
[Editor's note: We are grateful to our very own Shirley Hammond for writing the informative article about summer reading for the beach and poolside. She is a noted author of children's books and you would do well to browse our web page that features descriptions of some of the works of our poets, notably Shirley Hammond.]
NOTE: We meet on the 1st Monday of each month except on holidays like Labor Day when we meet the second Monday. Please check this website for current, correct meeting information. 2015 Meeting Schedule
See story - John Wilhite: "A Texas Poet: Gentle breeze or blended storm?
Poet and author, John Wilhite was guest speaker at the June 1, 2015 meeting of Poetry in Progress. He was a captivating speaker and is an excellent poet. We were lucky to have him as our guest.
Kerry McGeath, DeSoto Library Director receives award - please see story
Our book, Poetry in Progress, a collection of poems written by our members, was published in 2014.
Other publications by our individual poets
We now have a new webpage devoted entirely to displaying information about
the books published by the poets of the Poetry in Progress group.
Please check it out. There are also links to websites where each book can be purchased.