POETRY LUNCH with Merrill Leffler

  • Thu, November 14, 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • 2017 I Street NW Washington DC 20006


  • $20 per person will be charged to your account
  • $25 per person
    Includes Reading & Lunch.
    Refundable no less than 72 hours before the event.

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with Merrill Leffler

Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 12:00 pm



LUNCH: Members $20  -  Public: $25

Join us for a Poetry Luncheon featuring Merrill Leffler, nationally known as both a poet and as the publisher of Dryad Press.  Originally a NASA engineer, Merrill left that career to pursue poetry at Oxford University, subsequently teaching at the University of Maryland and the U.S. Naval Academy. Merrill’s books include Partly Pandemonium, Partly Love; Take Hold,and Mark the Music. As a founder of Dryad Press, Merrill was an early publisher of Pulitzer Prize winner James Wright, among other distinguished authors. In addition, he was a founder of The Writer’s Center, which has served Washington area writers for over forty years. More recently, Merrill translated poetry from Hebrew in collaboration with Moshe Dor and served as Poet Laureate of Takoma Park, Maryland.  The Poetry Luncheon will feature a reading of Merrill’s poetry, as well as discussion of his career as a writer, teacher, and publisher.  A luncheon and further informal discussion will follow.  An excerpt from Merrill's poem, Dismantling, appears below, in which he discusses the process of writing:

First you must lift the idea

(be careful it may be heavy)

and haul it out to the dumpster.

Next locate the meaning—it may not

come easily, though if you have

the right tools and they are good tools

you should have no difficulty. Now

it is the sentences' turn: take each one

strip it of grammar (you may need

abrasives here) and hang them all

on a line. When thoroughly dried,

lay each one down on the grass or

if you live in the city, the sidewalk will do.

The point is, make sure you put them

in harm's way, wherever you are.

Noon            Reading
12:30 pm  Two-Course Luncheon

Reservation required.

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