Duncan Poetry Society "New Yorker Roulette"

Event Date

Monday, July 15, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Event Location
Duncan Library

On Monday July 15, at 7:00 PM in the Duncan Library meeting room, the next session of the Duncan Poetry Society will feature "New Yorker Roulette." The rules are simple. We will provide a stack of old New Yorker magazines and place the in the center of the table. Then we will take turns selecting at random one of the issues, and reading a poem appearing in that issue to the group and discussing it. We will move around the table until everyone who wants to play has had a turn and repeat the process as time permits. The New Yorker is known for featuring poems from well-published writers as well as fresh voices. Works from poet laureates and winners of major literary prizes often appear in the same issue with recipients of grants in recognition of literary promise as well as less known but talented authors. The evening should allow us to discover new talent and revisit old friends. In any event it should offer an eclectic selection of styles and themes both enriching and informative. 

Reading a previously unknown work can sometimes be a challenge given the style and subject matter of a particular selection. Don't be daunted. The New Yorker always publishes two poems and, unless you welcome the challenge of reading a complexly constructed or thematically puzzling work, you can pick the one you are most comfortable with. There will be a door prize for the best reading. 

As is customary, we will reserve time for those of you who want to share with us selections from their own poetry.