Three ongoing groups meet once a month, one in North Berkeley, one in Oakland's Rockridge neighborhood, and one at Rossmoor in Walnut Creek. We read and discuss poetry from the great traditions. About 8-15 people attend regularly.
In prior salons we have explored poems from Tang Dynasty China; Post-War Eastern European Poets; Poets of World War I; Modernist Poets from Spain; the French Symbolists; the Father of American Poetry: Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson; the Harlem Renaissance; Women Poets Born in the 1920s and 1930s; and the Beats.
Participants do not have to do any preparation or homework. Attendees and the coordinator select topics.
A small donation is requested (suggested $10) to reimburse the coordinator for organizing and photocopying extensive handouts which introduce the topic and help to guide the discussions. No one is turned away for lack of funds.
We meet in private homes in Berkeley and Oakland from 3-5:30: the Berkeley Salon is on the 1st Sunday of the month; the Oakland Salon is on the 3rd Sunday of the month. The Rossmoor Group meets at the Stanley Dollar Clubhouse on the Rossmoor campus on the third Monday of every month, from 1 to 3 p.m. You must be a member of Rossmoor or have your name on the list at the gate to enter; contact firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
You do not have to be a poet, a writer, or even very knowledgeable about poetry. All are welcome. You will learn a lot, laugh and relax while enjoying poetry with fellow aficionados. Tea and snacks are served.