Village Lights Poetry Café
John Donne: 16th Century Metaphysical Hip
Do you remember your first time? Was it in college? Or at the movies? Under the stars? Maybe in church? The first time you heard a poem by John Donne, that is. When an old guy from the 16th Century sounded hip and cool? When somebody long dead put into words the crazy things you were feeling at that moment? Join us to read aloud the words of John Donne... Go and Catch a Falling Star... No Man is an Island... Death be not Proud... Love, Any devil else but you! Share your favorites with the group or discover some new 400 year old poetry.
National Portrait Gallery, London
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. — Carl Sandburg
Poetry lies its way to the truth. — John Ciardi
If you want to annoy a poet, explain his poetry. — Nassim Nicholas Taleb
In a relaxed, informal setting, Village Lights Poetry Café approaches poetry one poet at a time. The artistry of each poet is interwoven with their life, their time, and their world. The Café explores this with coffee, insightful conversation, and even a few poems. Recommended reading for this meeting of the Café, to be facilitated by Jan Vetrhus, is Donne: Poems from Everyman’s Library.