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Summer Solstice poetry

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on June 22, 2016

Fraser Valley poets gathered to ring in summer with poetry on the night of the summer solstice.

Presentation

AEWe began the evening with a short presentation by Alvin Ens on “What Makes a Poem Good?” The ten items he listed are tools any poet does well to tuck into their toolkit:
1. Interesting thought.
2. Emotion.
3. Good vocabulary with connotative words.
4. Imagery.
5. Conciseness.
6. Originality.
7. Sound effects.
8. Visual effects.
9. Concreteness (vs. abstraction).
10. Rhythm and rhyme (especially if it’s a more traditional poem).

Thank you, Alvin, for an informative and useful presentation!

Open Mic

During the open mic portion of the evening we enjoyed an interesting variety of poems from fifteen readers.

Though they’re not all pictured here in multiples, the variety of poses I captured during the reading got me thinking about how a poetry reading is not only about the words of the poem read but also about  tone of voice and body language. It’s a multi-sensory performance—and experience for the audience!

Reading a poem

Reading a poem’s
more than reading just words
about showers or summer
or hockey or birds.

BF
It’s grimaces, eye flicks
a grin or a frown.
It’s where you are looking
upward or down.

MM

It’s words clearly spoken
precisely intoned
to embellish the writing
you’ve carefully honed.

PL

It’s mystery rhythms
that beat soft to loud
you’re part of the story
enchanting the crowd.

RM
It’s significant pause
of emotional choke,
the punchline delivery
of a well-told joke.

AC
Then hand over the mic
to the next girl or guy
while audience claps,
sighs a satisfied sigh.

© 2016 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

06-20-16

June 20, 2016 –  Open Mic readers

FVPS will be taking a break from organized poetry nights during the summer. Sign up for our email newsletter to stay informed about summer activities of interest to poets in the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver area. But we’ll be back on Monday, September 12th, 6:30 at the Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford) for more poetry and to celebrate International Literacy.

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Last poetry night of Spring 2016

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on May 31, 2016

Fifteen readers participated in the May 30 FVPS open mic. What a great evening!

 

05-30-16 readers

Photos – Violet Nesdoly and Ted Goodrich

Open Mic

Poets meet to read and word-play
thoughts about all kinds of things:
Life lived freely, Happy Birthday
Berries, Heroes, Frogs and Springs.

Memories and inspiration
read from binders, phones and books
ruminating observations
words and rhythms poet cooks

into humor and emotion
credo and philosophy.
Join us! Bring your versey potion.
You’re invited—and it’s free!

© 2016 by Violet Nesdoly

Our next poetry night is on the first day of SUMMER
June 20 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Clearbrook Library
32320 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford B.C.

That evening prize-winning poet and teacher Alvin Ens will present a Workshop on WHAT MAKES A POEM GOOD?.

Come (with a poem in your pocket, just in case there’s a bit of open mic time)!

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Great turnout for May 2nd Open Mic

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on May 4, 2016

The multi-purpose room of the Clearbrook Library came alive with the sound of words Monday night, May 2nd. This third Poetry Open Mic night of 2016 for the Fraser Valley Poets Society included poems about nature, mothers, retirement, feeling blue, and feeling wonderful. There were poetic stories of knights, dragons, swords, and shaman. There were pieces about bats, mountains, drops, a smile, football, and yoga. The variety was a great indicator of the variety of poets in attendance.

FVPS Director Terry Broadworth did a great job of emceeing the evening. She introduced each of the eighteen open mic readers and kept the program on track for the enjoyment of the audience of about 50.  A mid-evening break for coffee and goodies gave opportunity for visiting and networking. (Click on any photo to enlarge.)

Our next Poetry Open Mic night is Monday, May 30th at the Clearbrook Library, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

If you’re a local poet who would like to read at our one of our open mic poetry nights, we’d love to have you! You don’t have to be a Fraser Valley Poets Society member to join in.

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Open Mic begins National Poetry Month on the right foot!

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 6, 2016

April is National Poetry Month. I hope you’re enjoying something poetic.

Unfortunately I (Violet) wasn’t able to attend last Monday’s poetry night (April 4th). Terry Broadworth who was there writes:

Thank you to all that came out to listen or read their poetry at Monday’s Open Mic. What a delightful evening meeting new folks and greeting old friends.

Thanks for the photo collages, Terry!

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Readers at the April 4 FVPS Open Mic.

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April 4, FVPS Open Mic attendees and readers

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More readers and the audience – April 4, 2016 Open Mic.

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Last spring reading launches another book!

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on June 17, 2015

An excellent and happy meeting of the Fraser Valley Poets Society took place on June 15th.

Michael Linburg launched his new book All My Paths Are One.

Michael Linburg reads from his new book All My Paths Are One. (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

Michael Linburg reads from his new book All My Paths Are One. (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

There were new faces to meet and greet (always a happy sign).

A good time at the June 15 Blue Moon Reading (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

A good time at the June 15 Blue Moon Reading (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

Poetry readings were many and varied, with the original theme of summer, then a second reading of whatever was available.

Some of the June 15th open mic readers (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

Some of the June 15th open mic readers  (Photos by T. W. Goodrich)

In brief, a good time was had by all with lots of drinks and cookies etc.

– Report and photos by T. W. Goodrich

Though we will be taking a break from formal readings for July and August, FVPS will be part of the Abbotsford Arts Council Meet and Mingle in the Park event on June 27th (Mill Lake Park near Kariton Gallery on Ware St.) – 2:00 – 7:30 p.m. 

Come by, say hello (we’ll have our own clearly marked table), and if you’re around between 2:30 – 2:50, you might just hear some of us read as part of the afternoon’s entertainment.

 

Our next Clearbrook Library reading is scheduled for:

September 14th

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Clearbrook Library – 32320 George Ferguson Way

More details to come as they are available.

For more photos of Monday’s reading and to keep informed about all FVPS events, check out FRASER VALLEY POETS SOCIETY on Facebook.

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Triple Treat

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on May 7, 2015

The Monday, May 4th Blue Moon Reading held a triple treat for all who attended. Three young poets shared their work in 15 minute segments that many of us wished would go on longer.

Olivia Sharpe was the first of our guest readers. Her existential poems were full of interesting and original imagery that linked nature to memories of childhood, school, and her present life. There was hope. There was love. There was self-acceptance, family and a broccoli farm. Her pleasing image of faithless clouds contrasted to the faithful sun is still floating around in my head many days later. Thank you, Olivia, for sharing yourself and your poems with us!

Olivia Sharpe reading poetry

Olivia Sharpe reads at the May 4, 2015 FVPS Blue Moon Reading

Mackenzie Lee, our second reader, read poems on the theme of seasons. Her poem about the library contained fabulous lines and certainly warmed the cockles of this bibliophile’s heart. She also has keen senses when it comes to nature, sharing poems about wind, water and light, and bringing people and relationships into them with skill and originality.  Thank you, Mackenzie, for your most enjoyable presentation!

Mackenzie Lee - poetry reading

Mackenzie Lee reads at the May 4, 2015 FVPS Blue Moon Reading

Open mic readings were sprinkled between the guest readings. We enjoyed the usual variety that included a light poem about a lobster by Ted, poems about his father by Alvin, a poem in the voice of a resident of a senior’s complex by Terry, a couple of poems read from A Familiar Shore by Emily, a poem in memory of Rinelle Harper by Shelley—and many more!

Open Mic readers - FVPS

Some of the FVPS Open Mic readers – May 4, 2015 Blue Moon Reading

Our final reader, Adriel Brandt was definitely icing on the cake. He read poems of nature and to nature. I don’t think I’ll ever look at a crow the same way after hearing his three-part ode to this evil, versus mysterious, versus magical bird. He also shared a poem about a library (I’m sure I saw our host room glow) and capped off his reading with a spoken-word-type performance of “I’ve got time” (well, I’m not sure that’s what it was called, but the line “I’ve got time” kept recurring). Thank you, Adriel for your stellar reading and performance!

Adriel Brandt reading poetry

Adriel Brandt – reading at the FVPS Blue Moon Reading May 4, 2015

Now mark you calendar for our next reading night at the usual time and place:

FVPS Poetry Night
June 15 – 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Clearbrook Library
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, B.C.

More details to come.
 

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Reading night – May 4

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 21, 2015

Our next reading night is just around the corner on May 4th.

Plan to come, listen to our featured readers, and bring some poems of your own to read during the open mic segment.

Blue Moon Reading Poster - May 4, 2015

Blue Moon Reading Poster – May 4, 2015

Our Logo Design Contest is also in full swing.

Details are in the poster below.

Please email your entries to Alvin Ens.

We’re looking forward to seeing your great ideas!

FVPS Logo Design Contest Poster

FVPS Logo Design Contest Poster

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How will you celebrate National Poetry Month?

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on April 1, 2015

Welcome to April – National Poetry Month (and that’s no April fool)!

How will you celebrate poetry this month?

One idea is to attend a poetry reading. Fraser Valley Poets Society’s April event is a Blue Moon Reading on Monday, April 13th.BG-cover

 

The featured reader that night is Violet Nesdoly, reading from Borrowed Gardens, an anthology of personal poetry by four Vancouver area writers: Jeannine Bertoia, Del McNulty, Tracie Fisher and Nesdoly.

Bertoia and Fisher have both had haiku honoured in Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. A poem by McNulty won the top poetry prize of the 2010 Surrey International Writers Conference contest. Come and meet these fine poets through their writing.

There will be an open mic after the Blue Moon Feature.

Blue Moon Reading

April 13 – 6:30-8:30
Clearbrook Library, Large Meeting Room
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, B.C.

 

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Two readings begin FVPS year

Posted by Violet Nesdoly on March 3, 2015

A Rhyme and Reason at the Cottage

On February 28th, nine Fraser Valley Poets Society members gathered with residents and outside guests at the Cottage (a Fraser Health complex in Abbotsford) to enjoy a shared love of poetry.

Poetry Society members and residents took turns reading to the crowd. We heard original poetry as well as old favourites. It was a wonderful hour of sharing words and friendship.

A big thanks to Terry Broadworth who organized the program and was our MC for the morning.

FVPS members read at the Cottage #1 - February 28, 2015

FVPS members read at the Cottage #1 – February 28, 2015

FVPS members read at the Cottage #2 - February 28, 2015

FVPS members read at the Cottage #2 – February 28, 2015

First Open Mic of 2015

Two days later, on Monday, March 2nd, we gathered again to officially get our reading year underway with an Open Mic evening.

The whole evening was given to reading our work. We circled the table at least three times. It was especially gratifying to welcome some new poets to the reading.

It was a good start and we’re looking forward to a great year of Blue Moon readings and open mics.

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