Doylestown: Poetry Night

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Hello Poets, Join us for Poetry Night on October 17th and enjoy the poetry of Jim Levell followed by Open Mic. Poets, lift your voices!

Third Thursdays, 630pm
Doylestown Bookshop
Featured Poet 
followed by Open Mic.

Jim Levell writes, 'I grew up in the Boston area and graduated from Northeastern University. After attending graduate school for a year I spent two years teaching history, and three years working in the National Archives. It was a good life, but something was missing, so we pulled up stakes and embarked on a long sojourn in Europe. After twenty-three years of travel, work and living we returned and have a satisfying existence in Bucks County. I began writing poetry (and doing photography) about fifteen years ago.'

Peonies at their Peak



The soft bulbous head lies gently on the earth;

a slow, orange-speckled rot eats away the perfumed outer petals.

The great stiff stalk, like a wounded giraffe

has fallen, keeled over;


a sodden defeat of the life force.

The white, cracked porcelain doll's skull, dormant,

in silent agony, yet mocking the gardener's concern --

the graceful iris is also down!


A barely discernible alarm ...

broken blossoms stick out their tongues,


and laugh in anagogical  merriment.