poetry and prose about place

after a poetry reading

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Why do you go to poetry readings? Is it because you are supporting a writing friend? Because you love poetry? Or because you search for the perfect poetic experience — the memorable reading of an unforgettable poem, expressive words you know you will always be able to summon. Have you ever left a poetry reading feeling renewed, animated, believing in the impossible?


I attend a lot of readings. I go to support my writing friends. I go because I love words and poetry. I also go because I long for the memorable. Occasionally, I will hear words, phrases, poems to thrill me for the rest of my life.


I have had many such experiences. I have been privileged to hear Roo Borson read her poem Grey Glove. I have heard Roger Moore read poems from his book Monkey Temple with his stirring Welsh accent.  Years ago I heard a young Irish poet read her poem about a kettle boiling on the stove, and I have never forgotten her words even though I have forgotten her name.


sun on tree


after the poetry reading


Bailey Drive is a steep incline

for an out-of-shape heart

a pause returns the thud in ears

to chest where it needs to be, a moment

to see maples on the Aitken House lawn

animated by wind, as metaphor for adrenaline rush

of words


as trees send Tesla coil sparks into blue sky

from trunks constrained by building

and sidewalks, to branches and twigs

unfettered, plasma filaments bloom

on fractal paths


another pulse, trunk to bud-tips

and another, signals up and outward

heart slows and holds in place

lightning throb in continuum of space



All my best,


Written by jane tims

October 9, 2018 at 5:08 pm

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  1. Thank you, Jane. I went to Molly’s and now I go to Corked for the same reasons: to meet friends young an old, to sneak a glass of good wine, to support my friends and listen to them reading, to essay my own work at the open microphone, to hear new readings that I may (or may not) like but that open my mind to other voices. I should add that Molly’s and Corked and your own reading series are apparently the only groups in the Fredericton area that welcome my presence … I don’t get many invites locally.

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    October 9, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    • Hi Roger. Three is enough! So many great writers participate in these events. Don’t forget WFNB! Your readings are always enjoyable and meaningful!

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      jane tims

      October 9, 2018 at 10:13 pm

      • Thanks, Jane. WFNB has been a great support throughout my writing career, as the MWW was, early on.

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        October 10, 2018 at 8:58 am

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