WFOP Fall Conference

Washington Island, September 2010

It’s such a pretty day out, I decided to comment rather than seeking out a poem to post.

I spent last weekend at the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ fall conference in Stevens Point and enjoyed two wonderful poets: Freya Manfred and Todd Boss. Freya gave us an exercise and I got a very satisfying poem from it. My friend Alice and I were the co-chairs for the yearly Triad poetry contest which is the contest open to only members of WFOP with no entry fee and nice monetary prizes  ($100, $50 and $30). We had fantastic judges and all eighteen finishing poems (six in each of three categories) were top notch. I didn’t see the rest of the poems, but the judges commented the decisions had been difficult because the work was so good. Winners are listed on the Fellowship’s website www.wfop.org

Todd Boss had a wonderful reading voice (as did Freya) and his poems are filled with lovely internal rhyming that is very graceful and not in your face at all. He does poems on commission for others and that was an interesting subject. He particularly explained a poem called “The Deer” which was a commissioned poem and how it took him six months to get an idea, then saw a white deer by the side of the road and the poem was conceived.

I managed to get home before dark and flopped in a chair for the rest of the night, exhausted from so much wonderful poetry.

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