A dedicated committee of local poets and poetry-lovers arrange a monthly poetry program that includes many award-winning and local poets. These programs take place on the fourth Sunday of the month in the meeting room of the library. When that space is not available, the alternate meeting space is the Claremont Forum, 568 W. First St. (in the Packing House). Readings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are served. Find their Facebook page here.
Summer in the South
The Oriole sings in the greening grove
As if he were half-way waiting,
The rosebuds peep from their hoods of green,
Timid, and hesitating.
The rain comes down in a torrent sweep
And the nights smell warm and piney,
The garden thrives, but the tender shoots
Are yellow-green and tiny.
Then a flash of sun on a waiting hill,
Streams laugh that erst were quiet,
The sky smiles down with a dazzling blue
And the woods run mad with riot.
---Paul Laurence Dunbar
June 25 Poetry Reading at the Library
Join us at the library at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 for this month's Fourth Sunday reading, featuring poets Judy Kronenfeld and Eric Howard. As always, our events are free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. Click here for a flyer about the event.
Judy Kronenfeld is the author of four books of poetry and two chapbooks. Her fourth full-length collection, Bird Flying through the Banquet, was published by FutureCycle Press in March, 2017. Her prior books include Shimmer (WordTech Editions, 2012) and Light Lowering in Diminished Sevenths, 2nd edition, (Antrim House, 2012), winner of the 2007 Litchfield Review Poetry Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in Avatar, American Poetry Journal, Calyx, Cider Press Review, Cimarron Review, DMQ Review, Hiram Poetry Review, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Louisville Review, Natural Bridge, The Pedestal, Portland Review, Sequestrum, Spoon River Poetry Review, Stirring, Valparaiso Poetry Review and other print and online journals, and in twenty anthologies. She is Lecturer Emerita, Creative Writing Department, University of California, Riverside, where she taught for twenty-five years, and an Associate Editor of the online poetry journal, Poemeleon. For more information, please visit her website, http://judykronenfeld.com
Eric Howard studied formal poetry at Pomona College with Robert Mezey and California State University with Henri Coulette before working as a teacher, editor, and the live-in landlord of a punk house. His poems have appeared in Askew, Cultural Weekly, Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond (Pacific Coast Poetry Series), and Revolutionary Poets Brigade (Vagabond). Taliban Beach Party, his debut collection, was published this year by Turtle Point Press. Ed Skoog describes the book as “a wry portrait of contemporary southern California.” Howard currently lives near the Los Angeles River.