Monday, January 15, 2018

john foster reading martin luther king, jr.'s ''i have a dream speech'' in january 2018.

on the january 2018 episode of diversity: a wider vision hosted by dr. joseph amprey through bctv.org, john foster read dr. martin luther king, jr.'s "i have a dream speech" from august 28, 1963. foster is known for giving his own speeches around the region, and these memorized words in honor of today's celebration are laced with poetry and deeper significance which it seems we can't bring into conversation enough, even today. below is video footage, with foster's performance of dr. king's speech starting at 3 minutes and 40 seconds into the recording.

robert frost poems in january weather: a fitting pair.

in the cold of early january, my traveling poetry class met at mario's pizza again like in december but this time for reading through robert frost poems and ones of different kinds of topics from my students. fittingly, a good chunk of the robert frost poems which we went over were about snow-thinking sorts of weather.

and i also recently wrote a hoagie haiku inspired by this restauant, along with food-talks stemming from our class, for the visit boyertown PA site. lots of inter-weaving lines across it all, yes.

here are some eye-scenes from our latest class amid pizza, hoagies, hoagies, and burgers.





Monday, December 18, 2017

the fragmented yet lesson-worthy soup & salad of alice notley's poems.

in my mid-december traveling poetry class, we simmered through the sometimes broken apart and detached-seeming stanzas of alice notley. upon diving into notley's poems more, though, it's possible to find hints of the accessible in them, and piecing the feeling-response of those together as the reader, here and there, makes giving time and attention to her writings all the more worth it. plus, we all need a good challenge sometimes and can't expect everything to be simple and clear in front of us. we wouldn't be able to handle the rest of life suitably if that were the case. so it stretches our abilities better to jump into the not as comfortable, the less understood. and when we can relate to any hint of it then, it's a universal hug to our insides via the page.

ellen miller-mack of booklut.com convey's notley's talents reaching down into our bones and blood well in her review of culture of one which shares stories of a homeless woman in arizona. we read other poems by notley during class but also flipped through this book's language tossings.






in loud spaces, we tried to listen to a recording of notley 
reading a poem in a youtube video on a tablet. tried, we did.

traveling poetry classes in january 2018 at mario's pizza in boyertown & *the new* dunkin' donuts in phoenixville: focusing on robert frost & anne michaels' poems.

january's traveling poetry classes will focus on the works and styles of the famed robert frost and canadian scribe anne michaels. most know the name of frost (sharing his stanzas until he passed away in 1963), and part of one of his poems was used in a voiceover for a sports car commercial not long ago. i stumbled across the poetry of anne michaels after discovering it quoted in a book on CD i was listening to in 2014 called sweetwater creek by anne rivers siddons. and here is a welcome recording of a teenager who created a video by reading several of her poems and discussing them for the audience of the interwebs.

we'll practice reading their poems out loud and will discuss their styles, themes, curious phrasings, and anything else which stands out to us in their poetry. and testing out poems inspired by theirs to bring to class to share is welcome.

during the first class of the month, we'll meet at mario's pizza in boyertown, just like last month. the second class will be at the *new* dunkin' donuts in phoenixville (NOT the 218 nut road location where we met at on the 17th of december). dress plenty warmly in case it's chilly or drafty. ya just never know with temperature nuances.


next classes–

when: sunday, january 7 @ 1 p.m. & sunday, january 21 at 1 p.m.

where: for january 7, mario's pizza is at 159 south reading avenue, boyertown, pa 19512; for january 21, dunkin' donuts is at 390 schuylkill road, phoenixville, pa 19460

optional themes of focus:
  • sunday, january 7–robert frost-inspired poems
  • sunday, january 21–anne michaels-inspired poems

cost: $20 per student, per class (we usually meet for 2 hours or more)

at either class, any other subject is always welcome for the sharing, including other variations of creative writing, too. we pick out the poetry in whatever we read and hear. bringing a few copies of your writings to share is helpful so everyone can read them or share. but just having your original copy to read from is okay, too.

if we ever have oddly inconvenient weather around the time of classes, i will update those who RSVPed to classes in advance to let them know if we are canceling, rescheduling, or relocating.

if you have any questions, feel free to reach out via poetrywithjenniferhetrick at yahoo dot com.

and if you know anyone who may be interested in our class, feel free to share this blog content onward.

also, if there is anyone who may want to join our class but lives in another area across berks, chester, and montgomery counties, we sometimes travel to a good variety of different places, so let us know, and we can see about planning classes closer to you.

Monday, December 11, 2017

richard blanco poems over a really big hoagie & pizza.

in early december, my traveling poetry class enjoyed a sunday afternoon at mario's pizza in boyertown. we went over richard blanco poems and ones inspired by his writings. to recap, blanco wrote and read the presidential inauguration poem for our country in 2013 and did so from a very unique background for getting up to share his words in front of the entire u.s. here is a link to this poetry performance.

and of course, there's eating involved as we nibble our way through poetry in voices more new to us.

a medium-sized hoagie spanning 3 paper plates. really, though.



a beautiful poem called "burning in the rain" by blanco.


and student poems begin here.



notice the light shining across particles of air.


santa ordering pizza with his grandson, perhaps.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

traveling poetry classes in december 2017 at mario's pizza in boyertown & dunkin' donuts in phoenixville: focusing on richard blanco & alice notley's poems.

december's traveling poetry classes will focus on the works and styles of richard blanco and alice notley. blanco wrote and read the presidential inauguration poem for our country in 2013 and did so from a very unique background for getting up to share his words in front of the entire u.s. here is a link to this poetry performance. notley is a poet i recall from years ago because my mentor told me years ago that my poetry sometimes shaped a bit like hers as well as that of frank o'hara. but frank o'hara's poetry may be a focus for a future class.

we'll practice reading their poems out loud and will discuss their styles, themes, curious phrasings, and anything else which stands out to us in their poetry. and testing out poems inspired by theirs to bring to class to share is welcome.

during the first class of the month, we'll meet at mario's pizza in boyertown. the second class will be at the dunkin' donuts in phoenixville. dress plenty warmly in case it's chilly or drafty. ya just never know with temperature nuances.


next classes–

when: sunday, december 3 @ 1 p.m. & sunday, december 17 at 1 p.m.

where: for december 3, mario's pizza is at 159 south reading avenue, boyertown, pa 19512; for december 17, dunkin' donuts is at 218 nutt road, phoenixville, pa 19460

optional themes of focus:


  •     sunday, december 3–richard blanco-inspired poems
  •     sunday, december 17–alice notley-inspired poems

cost: $20 per student, per class (we usually meet for 2 hours or more)

at either class, any other subject is always welcome for the sharing, including other variations of creative writing, too. we pick out the poetry in whatever we read and hear. bringing a few copies of your writings to share is helpful so everyone can read them or share. but just having your original copy to read from is okay, too.

if we ever have oddly inconvenient weather around the time of classes, i will update those who RSVPed to classes in advance to let them know if we are canceling, rescheduling, or relocating.

if you have any questions, feel free to reach out via poetrywithjenniferhetrick at yahoo dot com.

and if you know anyone who may be interested in our class, feel free to share this blog content onward.

also, if there is anyone who may want to join our class but lives in another area across berks, chester, and montgomery counties, we sometimes travel to a good variety of different places, so let us know, and we can see about planning classes closer to you.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

rita dove poems over pizza.

the writings of former u.s. poet laureate rita dove were a welcome focus in my traveling poetry class this past weekend at argento's pizza & family restaurant in boyertown. one student's poem involved a style adaptation and memory of the state (nebraska) of our previous class' focus, former. u.s. poet laureate ted kooser, too.

we don't limit ourselves to just poetry necessarily (other angles of approach in creative writing and experimentation on the page are quite allowed, to be more all-encompassing) or in the style of the writers' whose works we carve our thoughts through, but it has been that way lately, which is easily fine, too. and some of us don't necessarily write for each class. we just share reflections and offer perspectives to ponder across stanzas. so it's a nice balance, based on whatever we all want to and feel inspired to write or say or just hear.