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Jessica Treat

Fiction Writer
Winsted, CT

Peter J. Ulisse

Trumbull, CT

I have recently retired from Housatonic Community College but am still teaching Literature and Film as an adjunct. I would be willing to do readings for students, seniors, veterans, or community groups.

Katrina Van Tassel

Guilford, CT

Faith Vicinanza

Newtown, CT

Pamela Spiro Wagner

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
Rocky Hill, CT

HOW TO READ A POEM: BEGINNER'S MANUAL First, forget everything you have learned, that poetry is difficult, that it cannot be appreciated by the likes of you, with your high school equivalency diploma, your steel-tipped boots, or your white-collar misunderstandings. Do not assume meanings hidden from you: the best poems mean what they say and say it. To read poetry requires only courage enough to leap from the edge and trust. Treat a poem like dirt, humus rich and heavy from the garden. Later it will become the fat tomatoes and golden squash piled high upon your kitchen table. Poetry demands surrender, language saying what is true, doing holy things to the ordinary. Read just one poem a day. Someday a book of poems may open in your hands like a daffodil offering its cup to the sun. When you can name five poets without including Bob Dylan, when you exceed your quota and don't even notice, close this manual. Congratulations. You can now read poetry.

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