A Poet's Double Life

For poets working outside the literary world.

In Service to Poetry


living poetry leaf_2I’ve been a member of the Living Poetry Meetup group since December 22, 2008—7 days after the group was started—and a co-organizer for almost 3 years. During that time, I’ve organized discussions with local poets, facilitated the poetry book club and critique group, recorded several podcasts, sent out poetry prompts every Monday morning, and volunteered for poetrySpark. At times, my Living Poetry responsibilities have been hard work and have taken time away from my own writing, but those times were minimal, and even secondary, to the pleasure of meeting new poets, hearing old, new, and new-to-me poems, and discussing our craft.

But I never thought of it as a service to others—until yesterday. At Living Poetry’s 4th Anniversary Party, double-life poet, Anna Weaver (who took the bronze in our Best of Living Poetry 2012 contest) thanked the Living Poetry organizers for all that we do for poetry in the Triangle. Someone else chimed in and called Living Poetry, “A one-stop shop for poetry in the Triangle” (which should become our new tagline). I must admit, it was a little overwhelming to be thanked for promoting, developing, and supporting poetry—something that I absolutely love to do. I guess if you’re doing something you love, it doesn’t seem like a burden.

And while I’m on the subject of thanking people who act in service to poetry, I’d like to give special thanks to my co-organizers, Bartholomew Barker, Tara Lynne Groth, and Angelika Teuber, who make  it fun and cool to be a poet!

Author: poetsdoublelife

Poet and strategy/data guru living in Massachusetts.

7 thoughts on “In Service to Poetry

  1. Thanks, Pam! We definitely do a lot for North Carolina poetry. Looking forward to more!

  2. I’ll say it again here: You and the other organizers are The Reason LP is such an active group—all the opportunities you create and communicate for local poets and poetry enthusiasts to write and read together, to get and give feedback. There’s something for everyone, nearly every week! And I’ve not found its like in Atlanta, Milwaukee, or Nashville—three places I’ve gone and looked, hard, for poetry readings to attend. Thank you thank you thank you!

  3. I’ll reiterate our thanks to you and humbly accept your gratitude. The honor is to serve.

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