SharingPoets@StPaul - November 2020

As we transition into fall and the days get shorter, it's more important than ever to keep the mind active and the soul full! Why not do both by joining our poetry group? See a short sample of this month's discussion starter below!


American poet Louise Glück was named a Nobel Laureate this October. The honor culminates a lifetime of pointing out the depth of simple human experiences. Her voice, the Nobel committee said, “is unmistakable. It is candid and uncompromising...full of humor and biting wit.” In the New York Times, she is praised for being “relatively easy of access while impossible to utterly get to the bottom of.” Her poem from the 1960’s “Early December in Croton-on-Hudson” reveals that aspect:

Spiked sun. The Hudson’s

Whittled down by ice.

I hear the bone dice

Of blown gravel clicking. Bone-

pale, the recent snow

Fastens like fur to the river.

Standstill. We were leaving to deliver

Christmas presents when the tire blew

Last year. Above the dead valves pines pared

Down by a storm stood, limbs bared . . .

I want you.


See the document attached below for the rest of our monthly discussion starter. And make sure to send your name and email to Fr. Tom Holahan, CSP at to be included in the discussion group if you haven't already done so!

SharingPoets discussion starter Nov 2020
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