Poetry is alive, well and relevant as ever in the 21st century! And you can hear it read aloud by Southern Arizona writers at the popular Poets’ Corner group that gathers twice a month at the Joyner-Green Valley Library.
Sparked by Green Valley librarian Deborah Bosma about three years ago, the local Poets’ Corner has flourished, drawing 20 to 25 poetry aficionados during the busy winter months here. The group now regularly meets year-round twice a month — the second Monday and fourth Thursday — from 3 to 5 p.m. at the library.
Folks come to the informal gathering from Green Valley, Sahuarita, Tucson and even occasionally from Phoenix. Everyone has a chance to read their own work or poems they admire, says Tia Ballentine, the group’s leader. Topics are sometimes hilarious, at times serious, and delve into a variety of subjects from family and nature to the political state of affairs.
“We always laugh. There’s always humor and fun. Everyone is welcome,” Ballentine says, adding that “we believe in debate and openness. That’s what it’s all about.”
Green Valley resident Cal Lambert enjoys the variety of verses shared by group. “There’s such a wonderful diversity,” he says.
Some Poets’ Corner members write formal poems, other use free verse. Teresa Goorian of Green Valley is known for her beautiful lyric verses.
Always interested in the liberal arts, Goorian wrote some poems in college, then spent time overseas with her husband, Phil, and was busy raising their children. She found some time to write in the mid-1980s while…
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