In 2022, we’re delighted to announce the launch of a new poetry reading group. The plan is to meet monthly (March to November) to read and discuss some of the world’s greatest poetry.
Led by poets David Mason and Cally Conan-Davies (a. k. a. Chrissy Mason), open to anyone interested in poetry, this reading group will be more celebration than seminar, a chance to read widely and deeply and talk about how poetry makes meaning in our lives.
We’ll begin by celebrating the 100th anniversary of a great modern poem, T. S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land,” a modernist work that looks back through history and forward to the present and beyond. For two back-to-back sessions we will re-discover this poem, its background and implications, and why it remains such a haunting work, influential in pop culture as well as the most high-minded literature.
When the book becomes available, we’ll take a leap back to one of the most important of all poets, a figure we know mostly in fragments, the Greek lyric poet Sappho, as translated by the marvelous Canadian writer Anne Carson.
We’ll read William Blake, Emily Dickinson, William Butler Yeats, W. H. Auden, and Elizabeth Bishop. Books by each poet will be available at Fullers. There will be occasion to celebrate Australian poets, and an evening when everyone is invited to bring and read a favourite poem.
The cost to attend the group is $10 per session. Places are strictly limited. For more information, and to register your interest, contact Rayne at email@example.com.
Schedule (please note that this may be subject to revision.):
March 16-17: T. S. Eliot, “The Waste Land” (Selected Poems)
April 20: William Blake (Penguin Selected Poems)
May 18: Emily Dickinson (Final Harvest: Poems)
June 15: W. B. Yeats (Selected Poems — selected by Seamus Heaney)
July 20: Sappho (If Not, Winter)
August 17: W. H. Auden (Selected Poems—Faber)
September 21: Elizabeth Bishop (Poems—Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
October 19: Celebrate Australian Poets, with focus on a Tasmanian poet
November 16: Favourite Poem Night—an open reading