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A Message from the ISPS President, September, 2018
by Susan T. Moss, ISPS President
With summer soon ending, editors are busy getting ready for publication of our anthology, Distilled Lives volume four. The third Gala plans are also underway for this fall.
As I write this regular President's Message, I am missing the usual accompanying newsletter that offers insights into new members who have recently joined, their views and poetry, events around the state, and other pertinent information. Mostly, I miss a sense of camaraderie that our newsletter builds and shares with our poets all over the country. I am constantly reminded that each of us brings something new and creative to our society. As we build an ever-increasing membership with various opportunities to share poetry and friendship, the need for a newsletter editor is very important. Please let me know if you are interested.
Welcome and thank you to our new Manningham Contest Chair, Ida Kotyuk. Two past chairs, Caroline Johnson and Tom Moran, are mentoring Ida. They are off to a wonderful start getting out contest information to junior and senior high schools throughout the state.
As noted earlier, there will be a fall Gala. Save Saturday, November 3, 2018, for a day, starting at 9:00 and ending at 3:00, that will include a continental breakfast, hot lunch, three presenters and poets reading their work from our new anthology. We are pleased to offer two programs related to writing, the first on haibun and second about poetry as memoir. The third event will be a Robert Frost interpreter and performer. We shall again meet at the Park Ridge Country Club. The cost of $35 will be the same as two years ago, and ordered anthologies can be picked up then or at a chapter meeting unless prepaid for mailing.
Often we think of our poems as outlets for impressions, longings, creative ideas, among other subjects, and they are seen on the written page or heard at readings like cafés or bookstores. Other opportunities, however, can include birthdays, funerals, anniversaries and at the bedside of the sick or dying. Poetry can be a way of communicating joy, sorrow, hope and a recognition of something greater than just words. When the grandnieces and nephews were born into my family, I started the tradition of writing a poem about each child and gave it as a gift. At funeral and memorial services, I have read a poem about the deceased loved one. Clearly, sharing our work can also be for less eventful situations as well. Poetry is an adaptable venue and a way of making the world a better place. Let's harvest more poetry in preparation for the next season.
Susan T. Moss
"Last Sunday" Poetry Reading, September 30, 2018
CJ Wilkens and Corina Luna Dea will be featured poets at Brewed Awakening on September 30, 2018. The event, which will include an open mike, runs from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The $10 cover charge includes coffee, cappuccino, or other beverage and a snack. Brewed Awakening is located at 19 West Quincy, across from the METRA station in Westmont.
CJ Wilkens is a local poet and author from the Chicagoland area. She enjoys writing poetry as a celebration of life and considers it a form of art, expression and therapy for the soul. Her book Aquamarine Souls Whispers (Orange Hat Publishing) was published in July. She has published poetry in several journals. She is a nature lover who hikes and bikes throughout Lake County. She loves small town America and the simpler things in life. You can follow her on Twitter at "Writing Down Soul Echoes (@CJWilkens) | Twitter"
Corina Luna Dea is a passionate Gypsy Soul, poet, writer and visionary of a new world, born and raised in Communist Romania. She has resided in the US for over 33 years. Her unique and highly praised poetry book, Archaeology for the Woman's Soul, is Corina's personal story written in epic style poetry. Part art, part therapy, Corina's words guide women to heal what hurts inside, remember who they are and find their Voice. Reviewers call her poetry "profound, exquisite, a masterpiece of the soul. . . ." To find out more about Corina and her work, visit www.archaeologyforthesoul.com
Order Distilled Lives, Volume 3, ISPS Poetry AnthologyDistilled Lives, Volume 3, showcases the talented voices of sixty-seven Illinois State Poetry Society member poets who deal in a variety of styles about personal catastrophes and triumphs, grounded by the seasons and values of America’s heartland. Quiet pleasures along with quiet griefs are given the same dose of wit and wisdom honed by the work of those with rolled-up sleeves in overalls as well as those with daily commuter passes in briefcases. This is a collection of powerful human stories lived with uniquely Midwestern ethics.
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Order Distilled Lives, Volume 2, ISPS Poetry AnthologyDistilled Lives, Volume 2, is a rich and diverse collection of poetry from members of the Illinois State Poetry Society. Represented in the anthology are new word-crafters alongside poets in their nineties who have been writing throughout their lives. There are first-timers as well as Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominee James Reiss and the prolific Joan Colby and Jacob Erin-Cilberto, each with more than a dozen volumes to their credit. You will find formal forms, poems with stylized messages, rhymed lines, and prose-poem paragraphs.The lives distilled here offer a panoply of poetic style and individual creativity, a challenging and comforting gift of words offered by eighty-one representatives of ISPS.
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Order Distilled Lives, Volume 1, ISPS Poetry AnthologySeventy-five members of Illinois State Poetry Society have, as their 20th anniversary anthology's title promises, distilled life with its vicissitudes and revelations. Poems weave universal themes in rhyme and free verse while presenting fresh, provocative and sometimes metaphysical insights. Humor, pathos, reverie and existentialism, among other diverse tones, combine in this entertaining and insightful collection.
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