September disappeared in the atmosphere of weddings, funerals, visits with old friends from New Jersey and Florida and, of course, reading and writing poetry about women. My most recent star is Anne Hutchinson, a woman who dared to talk back to the magistrates of The Bay Colony in the seventeenth century. She was banished to a new settlement in Portsmouth (now Rhode Island) and then moved to an area controlled by the Dutch (now New York) to escape the leaders in Boston who were not tolerant of her religious beliefs. The Hutchinson River and Parkway are named in her honor.
The Louise Bogan Poets continue their quest to develop their writing skills. One of the poets, James Maxim, published a romantic-feel-good novel titled Unlikely Paradise. A fun fast read. Bonney Toomey gives excellent advice with her Parenting Forward Blog and Regina McGee writes notes and brochures to help us appreciate travel destinations.
The group is launching a poetry contest to fill a vending machine for poems. Next post I’ll fill in the particulars. The group continues to experiment with individual styles and forms of poetry. Last month poems consisting of one-syllable words were written surprising some members with the ease of it and the interest it garnered.