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Starting a Pass On A Poem group at home

Pass On A Poem at bedtime – reading or reciting to your children

Pass On A Poem for insomniacs

Pass On A Poem in time of illness.



PASS ON A POEM works very successfully in the sitting room! These readers-only groups work on the book club model, but are even easier to organise since the only reading requirement is one poem per meeting. PASS ON A POEM can provide support to local groups. When the website is up and running, it will list useful anthologies and web links in which members who are subscribers can search for poems. It offers ideas for groups which want to use its theme of the month or to focus on particular poets. It will post the texts of poems read in local groups, some of which may be selected for inclusion in the forthcoming PASS ON A POEM anthologies. It will advertise group diaries and venues, and provide tips for reading out loud.

The main focus of Pass On A Poem groups is pleasure! Billy Collins’ poem Introduction to Poetry makes a good starting point:

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem’s room
and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author’s name on the shore.

But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.