Forgotten Voices Poetry Group
Poets and poetry lovers are invited to Forgotten Voices meetings, held on the first Saturday of each month at 1 pm at the library.
Special guest on Saturday, May 3 at 1 pm: Tom Mallouk
Tom Mallouk's first chapbook, "Nantucket Revisited" was published in 2013. His work has appeared in Red Rock Review, George Washington Review and many other literary journals. He has been runner-up in 2010, 2012 and 2013 for the Bucks County Poet Laureate.
Tom's workshop will focus on the function of the lyric narrative poem and the process of making the poem.
About Forgotten Voices:
Many of our members write poetry, although, writing is not a requirement to attend. We welcome all ages, abilities, and interests. We enjoy listening to what each member shares. Please come and read a poem by a poet you like or a poem you have written, or just come to listen! If you love poetry, please join us!
Contact: Joanne Leva
Free and open to the public. We meet the first Saturday of each month from 1-3 pm in the Community Room, except for July, when we meet off-site (call the library for location & directions). We are a group of people who are interested in poetry and have been meeting at the Indian Valley Public Library for over 22 years. The Forgotten Voices Poetry Group is led by Joanne Leva, creator of the Montgomery County Poet Laureate program. Go to www.montcopoet.com for more information about the program.
A poem by Forgotten Voices member, Steve Pollack:
The First Crime
Ever since Cain murdered his brother
violence has been mankind’s eternal birthmark
envy, a miserable force that powers anger
the steady unrelenting march towards hate
Like a love unrequited, we each wait
for fate to realize our better selves
for strength to overrule our basic nature
for courage to do what we know is right
Whether coded into all of our body’s cells
the residue of abuse left by a child’s innocence
a victim to life’s mountain of disappointments
or the overwhelming anguish of mental illness
No excuse is acceptable
No explanation is sufficient
We stand at the bench of civilization
We are measured against the lessons of history
Every intolerant word
Every corrupt deed
Every war, bangs a destructive drum
Every day we witness our brother killed
and all the life and light he would have created
We each have responsibility for this world we share
We are all tillers of the earth and shepherds of flocks
Our justice must be sure and urgent and fair
administered ahead of death’s next delivery
We truly are our brothers’ keeper
And our children’s teacher
By Steve Pollack