April 2, 2011 9:49:00 PM
The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library will launch its April Table Talk series on Wednesday, April 6, at noon in the library meeting room, 314 Seventh St. N. As a salute to National Poetry Month, the Table Talks will focus on the oldest of literary art forms -- the poem.
Now in its 15th year, National Poetry Month was established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, with the aim of drawing the attention of individuals and organizations to the art of poetry, to living poets, and to our complex poetic heritage.
To kick off this month''s talks, the Friends will host a "Poetry Open Mic" session April 6. "We wanted to offer something that invited audience participation," said Friends member Margo Bretz, "and this will give everyone an opportunity to read or recite a favorite poem or entertain us with an original composition."
Elizabeth Simpson, whose book of poems, "Love and Other Madness," is planned for publication later this year, will moderate the poetic give-and-take.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for those wishing to bring their lunch and socialize before the program begins at noon. The Friends will serve iced tea.
"Other programs during April will examine how poetry works and why it moves us. Our speakers will discuss both famous and unfamiliar poems during their presentations," related Friends board member Jo Shumake.
For more information on the April Table Talk series, contact the Friends at firstname.lastname@example.org