Fresh Ink Poets and Guest Celebrate New Book with Word Play

Posted: November 23, 2020 in Uncategorized

The Raven & Wren Zoom Room was booming with a community of poets gathering to celebrate the launch of the book HOW TO BEGIN, Poems, prompts, tips and writing exercises from the Fresh Ink Poetry Collective to improve your poetry practice—or start a group of your own, edited by Robin Michel. It was exciting to see so many poets filling the screen with windows into their worldsall connected to one another through technology and our shared love of language. Everyone in attendance was able to complete three prompts from the book: Free Write (using “I remember…”), Making Lists (with Kimberly Satterfield reading her list poem “Leaving My Parents House” as an example, and an ekphrastic poem based on Edward Hopper’s painting “Nighthawks.”

Bravo to the brave guest-poets who shared their responses with us, and an extra special thank you to the accomplished poets who reviewed the manuscript, Chun Yu, author of Little Green, a Memoir of Growing Up During the Chinese Cultural Revolution and Shara McCallum, author of five collections, including Madwoman and the forthcoming No Ruined Stone.

We ended the evening by asking everyone to do a choral reading of Berkeley poet and former Fresh Ink member Adam David Miller’s poem “Keep Sending Love Out”our way of saying goodbye to this marvelous poet and mentor who died earlier this month, and always a reminder of the work as poets we must do. Thank you again for coming.

…and let’s continue our word play. by sharing your response to the take home prompt: Penny Serenade. Take a penny and write a 10-penny poem (or 10-line poem) that has some relation to the date. If you can’t think of anything, make it up. Please feel free to leave your 10-penny poem in the “Leave a Reply” field if you would like to share with others.

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