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You are invited to a reading of exquisite poetry and conversations with the poets. This reading is part of a quarterly series of online poetry readings planned for 2021-2022.


Sunday May 23, 2021
2 p.m. (New York time), 7 p.m. (U.K. time)
Duration: 1 hour



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James Sale


Featured Poets

Brian Yapko—“A Meditation on The Tempest

James A. Tweedie—“Tango”

Andrew Benson Brown—“How To Be Like Byron”

Mark F. Stone—“Speak with Gentle Kindness”

James Sale—Sasha A. Palmer’s “Connected”

Susan Jarvis Bryant—“A Half-Baked Rondeau Redouble”



This event is open to everyone. On May 23, simply visit this page and click the link that will appear at the top of this listing under “Location.” On the day of the event, the link will also be published as a reminder. There will be a limit of 100 participants.

Schedule subject to change.




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10 Responses

  1. James Sale

    Really looking forward to this event – expect high energy, high quality poetry, and half-a-dozen intriguing poets who will not only be reading one of their prize-winning poems, but will also be answering two or three questions that will help us all understand them at a deeper level. Hope you can join us then.

  2. James B. Nicola

    Would be nice if there were a landline option, as I know so many of the participants but alas have no internet at my apartment, so have used phone for zoom meetings when possible.

    Break a leg, James, Theresa, and Mark!

    James B.

    • James Sale

      My dear James – how lovely to hear from you – I still miss those halcyon days in NY performing alongside you in Bryant Park! I will have a word with Evan about this since I am using their (SCP) zoom connection, but I suspect it must be as mine is in the UK – usually a link to the internet is given but also a phone in number too. Hopefully you can be there -and also please invite your friends. I know this is going to be a glorious event. And BTW I am close to having fully read your wonderful new collection and shall be reviewing it once I have done so. Stay safe.

  3. Bethany Mootsey

    The meeting was well organized and the poetry was excellent. I enjoyed putting some faces to names and gathered a few tips for my own writing (increased usage of internal rhyme, for one.) Thanks to all who made this event happen!

    • James Sale

      Thanks Bethany – glad you enjoyed it. I hope there will be more – who knows – perhaps you may appear one day?

    • The Society

      Good to see you there, Bethany. I was scratching my head at “Beth M.” but now it all makes sense.


      • Bethany

        Haha yes, I have to have it that way for foster care and I couldn’t figure out how to change it on the fly. Technology and I are not always friends!

  4. Sasha A. Palmer

    Thank you for uploading yesterday’s Poetry Reading to YouTube – much enjoyed! James, thank you for reading “Connected” and for your kind words about my sonnet. Congratulations to all!

    • Sasha A. Palmer

      In case you’re wondering about “David Palmer” – my husband was able to watch part of the zoom yesterday. And my sister joined in from Moscow – the wonders of modern technology 🙂


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