Poetry is the journey of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away. Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance - Carl Sandburg..........Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject - John Keats .........Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge - William Wordsworth ..........Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand - Plato .........No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher. For poetry is the blossom and the fragrance of all human knowledge, human thoughts, human passions, emotions, language - Samuel Taylor Coleridge .........One demands two things of a poem. Firstly, it must be a well-made verbal object that does honor to the language in which it is written. Secondly, it must say something significant about a reality common to us all, but perceived from a unique perspective. What the poet says has never been said before, but, once he has said it, his readers recognize its validity for themselves - W. H. Auden ...........Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash - Leonard Cohen .........There is a pleasure in poetic pains which only poets know - William Cowper .........Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood -T. S. Eliot ..........Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason - Novalis...........He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life - George Sand .........A poem is never finished, only abandoned - Paul Valery ........A poet is a bird of unearthly excellence, who escapes from his celestial realm arrives in this world warbling. If we do not cherish him, he spreads his wings and flies back into his homeland - Kahlil Gibran.............Poetry should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance - John Keats..........To be a poet is a condition, not a profession - Robert Frost........A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself - E. M. Forster.........Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo - Don Marquis...........Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things - T. S. Eliot ..........You can tear a poem apart to see what makes it tick. You're back with the mystery of having been moved by words. The best craftsmanship always leaves holes and gaps so that something that is not in the poem can creep, crawl, flash or thunder in - Dylan Thomas .........Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words - Paul Engle......... There is not a joy the world can give like that it takes away! Lord Byron

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Literary Activities in December 2008:


4 December



Two books being launched, one in English, one in Danish

Authors Shobha Nihilani and Atiya Bansal will share a conversation

Indian snacks and tea served

Jashan Indian Restaurant

1st floor, 21 Hollywood Road

4:30-6:30, free



now til 16 DECEMBER



Designs by Michael Holland

Holland is the author of several books and editor of several dictionaries

Exhibition at Fotogalerie, 2nd floor, Fringe Club

METAFLORA is his first book poetry

Published by mccm creations







The Wanch, 54 Jaffe Rd, Wanchai, 2861 1621

Musicians Linus Why and Mark Peter accompany poets on stage

To take part, send your poem/s to brinkreplies@hushmail.com

Please say the style of music preferred – jazz, reggae, swing…

Poet Viki Holmes is MC, Wine sponsor Vinspiration, Prizes from Dymocks

Presented by Brink Magazine, a bilingual arts magazine which runs a writers competition



8pm, free






This month's Nadwah will focus on superstition in various cultures

Poems and discussion conducted in English, with Arabic

The Nadwah (which means 'meeting') normally meets on the last Thursday of every month,

but with Christmas this month, the date has been changed

Upstairs, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central, 2521 7251

Convenor: Sayed Gouda
www.arabicnadwah.com / arabicnadwah@yahoo.com

8pm, free







Last Sunday of every month, 5-6pm, free

Kubrick Bookstore, Public Square St, Yaumatei, 2384 8929

This month, a recital and discussion of the poetry of the Chinese exile poet, Meng Liang

Conducted mostly in Cantonese

Convenors: Polly Ho, Florence Ng, Wong Wai Yim

http://www.kubrickpoems.blogspot.com/ pollysai@gmail.com

5-6pm, free





A special evening of poets living in Hong Kong and their books, in various languages

Presented by OutLoud and City Festival

OutLoud, which has been meeting since 1997, normally meets on the first Wednesday of the month,

but with City Festival, the date has been changed to a Tuesday for this month


Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central, 2521 7251


8pm, free



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