dVerse Open Link Night, Halfway through April, John Koethe, Live event, poetry reading, Sanaa Rizvi, Social gathering
Image courtesy: Ceyda Ciftci, Unsplash
Sanaa here (aka adashofsunny)
Today, we are running LIVE for the first one hour of the bar i.e. from 3PM to 4PM EST. If you wish to join in to read out your poem, just link up, and you will be called upon to do so in respective order. Here is the link below:
We are using Google Meet, which means that you should be able to click on the link and run it in the browser, but if that doesn’t work download the app and run it on your Smartphone or Tablet.
I recommend that you use a headset for the best experience, and please mute your microphone when you are not talking.
April always reminds me of resilience; to each great poem are the opening lines, signifying marvels to come for the eyes, the ears and soul. And so, it is the same with the season of spring, its brilliance declared by the first glimmers of green.
The Late Wisconsin Spring
by John Koethe
Snow melts into the earth and a gentle breeze
Loosens the damp gum wrappers, the stale leaves
Left over from autumn, and the dead brown grass.
The sky shakes itself out. And the invisible birds
Winter put away somewhere return, the air relaxes,
People start to circulate again in twos and threes.
The dominant feelings are the blue sky, and the year.
—Memories of other seasons and the billowing wind;
The light gradually altering from difficult to clear
As a page melts and a photograph develops in the backyard.
When some men came to tear down the garage across the way
The light was still clear, but the salt intoxication
Was already dissipating into the atmosphere of constant day
April brings, between the isolation and the flowers.
Now the clouds are lighter, the branches are frosted green,
And suddenly the season that had seemed so tentative before
Becomes immediate, so clear the heart breaks and the vibrant
Air is laced with crystal wires leading back from hell.
Only the distraction, and the exaggerated sense of care
Here at the heart of spring—all year long these feelings
Alternately wither and bloom, while a dense abstraction
Hides them. But now the mental dance of solitude resumes,
And life seems smaller, placed against the background
Of this story with the empty, moral quality of an expansive
Gesture made up out of trees and clouds and air.
Read full poem here
Amazing, isn’t he? Do let me know what your reading preferences are during the month of April in the comment section below. For now, let’s link up one poem!
I look forward to welcoming you on Google Meet.
Find here the recording of the event
I’ll be right there!
You look beautiful tonight! 💝
Awww, thanks. It felt so good to finally get my hair cut after a year! But it only looks like this when the hairdresser blows it out. 😀
We must, must have a hairdresser portal to dip into from time to time 😀
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello all we are live
Welcome to dVerse Open Link LIVE everyone!
On the menu we have buffalo wings and dry riesling, tuna steaks and castello monaci kreos rose, or if you prefer we also have cranberry almond sweetheart scones with coffee/tea of your choice.
See you on the poetry trail! 💝
Hi Sanaa – looking forward to tonight. So sorry, I messed up on Linky and put both poems in as ‘Benji’! The second ‘Benji’ is me!!
No worries, Ingrid! 😀 Loved your poem, and as always a pleasure to have Benji with us 💝💝
Thanks Sanaa for a fantastic evening 🤩🥰
It was great, wasn’t it? 😀 Thank you! 💝💝
ben Alexander said:
Thanks as always, Sanaa ❤
You’re most welcome! Heading over to read you 💝
Gillena Cox said:
Thanks for hosting us this afternoon Sanaa
The poem i read today was a response to a prompt Bird is the Word
(not a D verse prompt)
Thank you for joining in, Gillena. Please do add your poem to Mr. Linky 💝
Thank you, Sanaa, for hosting our LIVE session. SOOOO good to see and hear everyone! Have a wonderful weekend.
And thank you for joining! 😀 So wonderful to hear you read tonight 💝💝
Calcuna. L’abagniliola somut tus mosti, no?. Lovesme som Thurses. Tanxu oll!
Thank you for joining in, Ron! 😀
Whutt?!? o. Seedalinky. Yuh, dassit.
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Someday this will happen on a day when I’m not at work so I can join in.
Hopefully! Heading over to see you, Xan 💝💝
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Hello Sanaa and All. Just finished listening/watching the youtube. It’s a good thing I had my box of kleenex nearby.
Hey Lisa! Yes, Bjorn did an excellent job recording it 💝💝
You are a great host for the Live OLN. Yes, he did!
Thank you, so kind of you to say so 😀
You are welcome.
Hello Sanaa. I am sorry I missed the life group today. I will listen to the recorded clip of it.
I don’t have a poem to post today. I have continued to work on a spin-off of Monday’s Prompt, Dreamer. I have turned it into a children’s story book and am now up to chapter 5 posted on my site. Any of you can read it there if interested.
Thank you for hosting!
Congratulations on the children’s story book, Dwight! Have a wonderful weekend 😀 heading over to read you 💝
Hello! And while you northerners are in Spring, we in the southern hemisphere are experiencing autumn. From where I am in my adopted Brazil, our autumn FEELS a lot like my hometown US late Spring, And so in my heart and mind, I allow myself to enjoy the blessings of both seasons in both places. In that regard, it truly is a magical time of year. Thanks for hosting!!
Thank you for joining us, Jason 🙂 it truly is a blessing to be able to enjoy both seasons. I personally love the season of Autumn. 💝
Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing said:
How lovely to see so many of you! I must try to do this the next time. Thank you Sanaa for hosting ☺️💕
Thank you for joining in, Christine 😀 heading over to read you! Have a wonderful weekend 💝💝
Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing said:
I did not post yesterday Sanaa. I ran out of time but really did enjoy watching the video of the Google Meet later in the day ☺️
M Jay Dixit said:
Hi Sanaa, thanks for hosting. (^_^)
Thank you Mrityunjay 😀 loved your poem!
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Ken / rivrvlogr said:
Thanks for hosting, Sanaa. I enjoyed reviewing the video.
It’s wonderful isn’t it? 😀 Thank you for being there with us. It was a pleasure having you 💝💝
Cara Hartley said:
My voice is nauseating. I’d never be so unkind as to subject people to it. You’re better off reading what I write rather than hearing me speak the words.
~cie from poetry of the netherworld~
I have just got around to listening to the live group session. It is so interesting to see everyone in real time hear all the different accents. I love it. I am sad that I missed it/
We missed you too, Dwight! Fortunately there is always next time 💝💝
:>) Yes! Actually I forgot about it!