History of Poetry in Progress

Who we were
For four and a half years (November 2010 - August 2015) we met the first Monday of the month in the DeSoto Public Library or the Civic Center to and enjoy and share poetry together. Here's a bit more about us:

In the beginning...
On November 30, 2010 eight people interested in starting a poetry group in DeSoto met for the first time at the DeSoto Public Library.They decided to put off naming the group until they had a better feel for what they wanted to be and to become. Summary of first meeting. The next meeting was January 10, 2011. Click here to see some of the poems and poets submitted to the Pleasant Run Poetry Society.

Pleasant Run Poetry Write
Before that first meeting the group was named the Pleasant Run Poetry Society by Glenn Currier, who helped to plan the Pleasant Run Poetry Write and the Pleasant Run Poetry Night. The other planners for these events were Lucile Dade, DeSoto Public Library Director, librarian Marq Runnels, Elizabeth Hobbs, poet and library staff member, and Helen Currier. Glenn used his website www.toCreate.net to publish information about these events and the fledgling group.

Poetry in Progress: Why this name?

  • The thinking was that we wanted to have a name that emphasized the reading, writing, and appreciation of poetry. Some people who attend our meetings are not poets but simply appreciate or enjoy poetry, thuse we chose not to use the word: "Poets"
  • Why the word "progress?" We also wished to encouraging continued growth and openness to writing poetry, even if someone does not see themselves as a poet, we want them to feel free to attend our meetings and to enjoy poetry by writing, reading (either their own works or the works of others), listening, commenting, or asking questions. We have agreed that we want any comments to be supportive of the writers and their work. Some of our members are interested in progressing in their writing and perhaps getting their work published.
  • Poetry in Progress can have at least two meanings: during our meetings the reading and love of poetry is in progress and we are progressing in our writing, in finding and giving a voice to our writing, and nurturing our creativity. The joy our members feel about each other's poetry and about poetry in general can be heard in the frequent hearty laughter in our meetings.
  • Why not DeSoto in the name since our group began there and meets there? Our group participants join us from other area cities including Duncanville, Lancaster, and Dallas. We also wish to encourage people to join us from Cedar Hill, Midlothian, Red Oak, Ovilla, Grand Prairie, Arlington as and others. In addition, we received support and encouragement from people who live in Portland, Oregon, and Florida.

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