Doylestown: Poetry Night

poetry night
 
POETRY NIGHT
Third Thursdays, 6:30pm
The Doylestown Bookshop
Featured Poet
followed by Open Mic.
 
Featured Poet:
Steven Shelly lives in Devon, Pennsylvania, and works as a psychologist and as a volunteer guide in an art museum.  He has published poetry in The Atlanta Review, Mad Poets Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Philadelphia Stories, Apiary.  His chapbook, Bowstring, was published in 2005 by Red Hill Press.
 
 
WRITING SAMPLE
 
Hiking Blue Mountain                                                           
 
The day after the divorce,
I drive north, far out of town.
Thirty miles ahead, all I can see
is the flank of a blue wall, tectonic masonry
pushed up to guard the edge of a pitted plateau
half the length of the state. 
 
Later, thighs aching from the climb,
I look back on where I came from:
carefully quilted fields and white farm houses.
How easily I imagine husbands, wives,
coming home to each other, to their children
at evening.
 
I turn to the north:
endless waves of gray forest
drown the hills,
erase the blurred footprints
of homesteaders’ clearings.
Whole lifetimes of hope and effort
tumble into old foundations
overgrown with briars and weeds.
A hawk skates by on an updraft.
A cold wind reminds me –
winter coming.  
                           But still,
the wiry scrub pines
and the luminous parchment of birch trunks,
the lichen-dabbed granite
and the yellow leaves that half hide the moss,
and this colossal humped ridge
that coils out to the northeast horizon
comfort me just enough so I can start
down the dirt track it carries,
along with me,
on its great muscled back.             
 
 
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Event date: 
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
The Doylestown Bookshop
16 S. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
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