What we’re about
Poetry Meetup is for everyone interested in reading, writing, performing, and discussing poetic works. Welcome!
We are invested in recitation, performance, text analysis / critique and trying our hand at writing and reading our own verse.
For poetry, poetics and beyond! Join us for close readings or for our monthly poetry session.
The Prairie Review is a publication affiliated with the Poetry Meetup. It is published three times a year in February, July, and October. Please visit our website for the latest edition: www.theprairiereview.com
Upcoming events (2)See all
- Live Event: Poetry of Charles BukowskiCity News Cafe, Chicago, IL$5.00
Join us for a live event - a celebration of the poetry and writings of Charles Bukowski: poet, essayist, literary critic, one time postman. This might be the first time Bukowski gets his own evening in our city!
A core group of poets from the Poetry Meetup are putting a reading / recitation of Bukowski interlaced with a reading of our own writings.
Suggested donation is $5 at the door. There will be a jar.
For those without cash, we can do Venmo on-site. Please RSVP here - space is limited at City Newsstand so grab your spot early.
- Mark Strand "The Monument"Link visible for attendees
We are going to read and discuss Strand's The Monument - a collection of 52 prose poems. There are also 52 sections in Whitman's Song of Myself. Alas! Is Strand picking up Whitman's project? You know he is.
Please read the book(s) before we meet to discuss. Although we will live-read sections, the 52 prose poems make up a kind of response to Whitman. If you can, read the Song of Myself as well. That will be 104 poems total. Ecstasy or torture? A little bit of both, I'm sure. If you can't handle Whitman ... read Strand alone - it is still an amazing collection although even more awesome with Whitman in full view.
The Monument is available in any public library, or you can purchase a copy from your local bookstore. Or free copy online - although you might have to register with places in order to view the PDF.