Poetry Reading
Zhang Xinjun, Mine, 2017, earth, wheat straw, wood board, 70 7/8 x 47 ¼ inches

Virtual Poetry Readings

Fridays at 12pm
Online Event
Friday, September 25, 2020
12:00 pm –  1:00 pm

We invite you to join us for a weekly virtual gathering every Friday at 12pm. We’ll take turns sharing poems that have encouraged us during this time.

Once you RSVP, you’ll receive a zoom link as well as the chance to sign up for poems to read.




“How We Received Communion” by Rachelle Cruz
“A Tao of Poetry” by Sam Hammill
“How to Kiss Christ’s Feet” by Rachelle Cruz
“Communion at Lunch” by William Stafford
“Litany for Silence” by Rachelle Cruz


A Guest Reading with Jenelle D'Alessandro

“The Traveler’s Vade Mecum, Line 2485: “I Have Not Decided” by Sandra
“ambition in the Ancient Near East makes” by Jenelle D'Alessandro
“lo scientificamente mi domando” by Patrizia Cavalli (translation by Gini Alhadeff)
“WESTERN CIV CONT’D - 1.” by Joan Retallack
“Perseids” by Jenelle D'Alessandro


“Digging” by Seamus Heaney
“At Burt Lake” by Tom Andrews
“Hurrahing in Harvest” by Gerard Manley Hopkins
from “Body and Soul” by Charles Wright
“God speaks to each of us as he makes us” by Rainer Maria Rilke


“Revelations” by Suzi F. Garcia
“heart of the bell” by Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes
“Happiness” by Paisley Rekdal
“Heal the Cracks in the Bell of the World” by Martín Espada


“The Lake Isle of Innisfree” by William Butler Yeats
“To a Friend with a Religious Vocation” by Elizabeth Jennings
“Nothing is Really Mine Except Krishna” by Mirabai
“On the Beach at Night Alone” by Walt Whitman
Two poems by Izumi Shikibu


“Evensong” by Eileen Chong
“Deep Lane” by Mark Doty
“I Don’t Want to be a Spice Store” by Christian Wiman
“On the Street” by Ruth Stone
“Poem Without an End” by Yehuda Amichai

READING #18 (JULY 31):

“The Elm Tree” by Karen Shenfeld
“The Hope I Know” by Thomas Centolella
“In A Dark Time” by Theodore Roethke
“Evening Prayer” by Vandana Khanna
“Circumference” by Karen Shenfeld

READING #17 (JULY 24):

“Creativity in Quarantine” by Steven Homestead
“Perhaps the World Ends Here” by Joy Harjo
“On the Nature of Hope” by Steven Homestead
“Hope is A Thing With Feathers” by Emily Dickinson
“Of History and Hope” by Miller Williams

READING #16 (JULY 17):

“A Prayer to Talk to Animals” by Nickole Brown
“Eating the Earth” by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha
“Hard Rain” by Tony Hoagland
“Prayer” by Maya Angelou
“Breath” by Yahia Lababidi

READING #15 (JULY 10):

“The Wild Iris” by Louise Glück
“i thank You God for most this amazing” by e. e. cummings
“The Hoopoe Answers the Peacock” by Attar (Translated by Sholeh Wolpé)
“Bezoar” by Leslie Harrison
“Dusting” by Marilyn Nelson


Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes
“To Roosevelt” by Rubén Darío
“The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus
“I Am Waiting” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

READING #13 (JUNE 26):

“Nest” by Marianne Boruch
“Praise Song for The Day” by Elizabeth Alexander

“Instructions on Not Giving Up” by Ada Limón
“Small Kindnesses” by Danusha Laméris
“A Few Delicate Needles” by Rolf Jacobsen

READING #12 (JUNE 19):

“summer somewhere” by Danez Smith

READING #11 (JUNE 12):

“Blessing of the boats” by Lucille Clifton
“Ars Poetica #100: I Believe” by Elizabeth Alexander
“Testimonial” by Rita Dove
“Requiem for a Nest” by Wanda Coleman
“We Have Been Whispering in Each Other’s Ears for Centuries” by Lorna Simpson
“Art” by Gwendolyn Brooks


A Guest Reading with Fred Schmalz

“To the Fig Tree on 9th and Christian” by Ross Gay
“The Only Word a Tree Knows” by Naomi Shihab Nye
“How It Stands” by Liu Xia
“Elegy” by Juliet Patterson
“Convince Me You Have a Seed There (Johnson, VT)” by Brian Teare
“Foraging in the woods” by Fred Schmalz
“Visiting the dead” by Fred Schmalz

READING #9 (MAY 29):

“Asking the Way” by Ko Un
“Fields of Sunflowers” by Yehuda Amichai
“Public Grief” by Heid E. Erdrich
“Orchard” by Yehuda Amichai
“Poplar Street” by Chen Chen

READING #8 (MAY 22):

“To Be Held” by Linda Hogan
“Piute Creek” by Gary Snyder
“spring song” by Lucille Clifton
“A Noiseless Patient Spider” by Walt Whitman
“Prayers: I” by Kadya Molodowsky

READING #7 (MAY 15):

A Guest Reading with James McMichaels

“Life Says” by James McMichaels
“Coming” by Philip Larkin
“When First We Faced, And Touching Showed” by Philip Larkin
“Absences” by Philip Larkin


“God’s Grandeur” by Gerard Manley Hopkins
“The Darkling Thrush” by Thomas Hardy
Psalm 1 in the Jewish Tanakh
“To a Skylark” by Percy Shelley
“In Whom We Live and Move and Have Our Being” by Denise Levertov


“Words” by Dana Gioia
“The Grasses Cried Out” by Saadi of Shiraz
“The Beaks of Eagles” by Robinson Jeffers
“Although the wind …” by Izumi Shikibu
a poem by Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros


“A Bird Came Down A Walk” by Emily Dickinson
“The Future of Forestry” by C.S. Lewis
“The Tyger” by William Blake
“The Fish” by Elizabeth Bishop
“The Beaks of Eagles” by Robinson Jeffers
“Wedding Poem” by Ross Gay


“Meditations on a Grapefruit” by Craig Arnold
“Trees” by Joyce Kilmer
“A Walk to Sope Creek” by David Bottoms
“What It Looks Like To Us and the Words We Use” by Ada Limón
“I Will Greet the Sun Again” by Forugh Farrokhzad


“Remember” by Joy Harjo
“Autumn” by Jane Hirshfield
a selection from “alphabet” by Inger Christensen
a selection from “A Sand Almanac” by Aldo Leopold
“The Islanders” by Kerry Elizabeth McPherson
“Earth Prayer” by Black Elk


“When I Am Among Trees" by Mary Oliver
“Speaking Tree” by Joy Harjo
“Beannacht” by John O’Donohue
“From Blossoms” by Li Young Lee
“When Autumn Came” by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
“Pandemic” by Lynn Ungar