Poetry & Wine

for Grownups

Read the poems. Come and discuss. We are a very non-pretentious group of poetry enthusiasts who gather monthly. This is an open group; there is no need to sign-up ahead of time -- just read the selection and show up. Bring a bottle of wine (or bourbon or whatever), or a dessert of some sort to share if you wish. (Hint: Chocolate always works.) Folks read their favorite poems and provide their own insights, and we have truly interesting and wonderful discussions. Send a note to Dave at dave@littleshopofstories.com if you would like more information or to get on the email list!

We’re meeting next on Wednesday, April 26th at 7 pm. We'll be discussing Dear Outsiders, by Jenny Sadre-Orafai. We will be joined by Ms. Sadre-Orafai.

It was requested that a list be compiled of all the works that we have read for Poetry & Wine. I will slowly, randomly put this together.


April - Dear Outsiders by Jenny Sadre-Orafai (including a discussion with Jenny Sadre-Orafa)

March - Guillotine: Poems by Eduardo C. Corral

February - Love Poems

January - Musical Tables by Billy Collins


December - Potluck and memorial poems

November - Turn Up the Ocean by Tony Hoagland

OctoberMeditations in an Emergency by Frank O'Hara

July and September - The Hurting Kind by Ada Limón

June - Hail, The Invisible Watchman by Alexandra Oliver

May - Time is a Mother by Ocean Veoung

April - Crush by Richard Siken

March - Magnificent Errors by Sheryl Luna

February - Reparations Now! by Ashley M. Jones


December - Potluck and Haikus

November - The Gold Cell by Sharon Old

October - Red Clay Suite by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

September - Poetry Pot Luck: poems submitted by the group

August - The Wild Iris by Louise Glück


March - Nightshade by Andrea Cohen (canceled due to the pandemic)

February - Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love by Keith S. Wilson

January - Hey Marfa: Poems by Jeffery Yang


December - Pot luck, poetry, and music

November - The Café of Unintelligible Desire by Julia Knowlton (including a discussion with Julia Knowlton)

September - The Flame by Leonard Cohen

August - Still Life with Mother and Knife by Chelsea Rathburn

July - How to Love a Country by Ricahrd Blanco

June - A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver

May - The Tradition by Jericho Brown (including a discussion with Jericho Brown)

April - Power Politics by Margaret Atwood

March - Coney Island of the Mind by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

February - Enough Rope by Dorothy Parker

January - Years, Months, and Days by Amanda Jernigan


OctoberSong of Myself by Walt Whitman (part two)

NovemberHold by Bob Hicok

OctoberNative Guard by Natasha Trethewey

September - feeld by Jos Charles


SeptemberScald by Denise Duhamel

August - Lessons on Expulsion by Erika Sánchez

April - Madwoman by Shara McCallum


November - The Poetry of Bob Dylan as selected by the group in honor of Dylan's Noble Prize in Literature

OctoberUnquiet Things by James Davis May

SeptemberDog Songs by Mary Oliver

June19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East by Naomi Shibab Nye

AprilThe Best American Poetry edited by Sherman Alexie (the innaugural meeting)

Dear Outsiders: Poems By Jenny Sadre-Orafai Cover Image
ISBN: 9781629222387
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Akron Press - March 7th, 2023

Set in a small tourist town, two siblings attempt to navigate and survive an unfamiliar landscape after their parents' deaths while trying to simultaneously forget and remember them. Dear Outsiders explores how we are part of and stranger to our environments and to our families and how identities form by where and who we come from.