Minutes for February 7, 2011 Meeting of Poetry in Progress


Poetry Reading


  1. Someone to take notes - Bobbie Williams volunteered
  2. Summary of Jan 10, 2011 Meeting
    • No comments or corrections
  3. Old business
    • Lucile Dade has given us permission to post "Meeting Here Tonight" sign on window of Teen Room during our meetings
    • She has also given us permission to post a sign or notice in the hallway leading into the library
    • Guidelines for receiving/giving feedback:
      • We decided unless someone asks for no feedback on their poetry, they may receive feedback from the group.
      • All feedback should be supportive unless the person reading the poem specifically requests critical feedback.

  4. Name of our group: After some discussion it was decided to call or group "Poetry in Progress"

    Why this name? [The explanation below is based on Glenn Currier's impressions of our discussion and his further elaboration and does not come from the meeting notes.]

    • 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 have already received support and encouragement from people who live in Portland. Oregon, and Florida.

  5. Website name: PoetryInProgress.net
  6. The group agreed to allow Glenn Currier to create the website and to publish the group's poems on it as well as other poems and material. Whether or not this will be the official website for the group was not decided.
  7. Open mike night at the Blue Cow Coffee Company will be March 15, 2011 (the ides of March)
  8. Marketing
    • Churches: David Bates will take the initiative to get the word out about our group to area churches, Rotary and Lions clubs
    • We will ask Marq Runnels to get an announcement about our group meetings on the Best Southwest calendar.
    • Colleges - it was decided to wait to ask the colleges to be involved
    • Cindy - DeSoto Public Library employee - will be asked to help with signage at the direction of Lucile Dade (library director)
    • Flyer: Glenn Currier will create a flyer for our group for distribution in the DeSoto and other area public libraries and other locations
  9. Future Meetings
    • Meetings will be on first Monday of each month unless something comes up
    • Next meeting will be March 7, 2011
      • Guest speaker will be Charlie Morgan

Learning Activity: Kay Parsons
Kay Parsons presented a brief (because of time constraints) lesson about blank verse and had a handout with the Robert Frost poem, Mending Wall. The handout also contained a scan (done by Kay) of three lines of the poem. She explained that blank verse has meter or rhythm but does not rhyme. Metered lines contain poetic feet - or words with regularly stressed and unstressed syllables. Iambic pentameter, the meter most Americans usually use in their normal speech, has five iambic feet. An iam has one unstressed followed by a stressed syllable.

Second Poetry Reading Period


  1. April is National Poetry Month. The group discussed the possibility of having some special event in honor of this month. This will be discussed at the next meeting.
  2. Kay Parsons told the group about the Poetry Foundation of America and a book, Poems in a Pocket, a book that contains perforated pages that allows the owner to tear out poems and give them to people. We discussed the possibility of doing something similar with poems written by our group's participants.

Thanks to Bobbie Williams for taking notes for this meeting!

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