19th Reading


3rd SUNDAY 10-16-11

Malen Stroh

Malen Stroh taught English at Delta College in Stockton, CA, for 25 years. He has been retired for some time now. He has conducted poetry sessions for Elder Hostel College Alumni groups, dinner groups, and clubs. Some of his favorites are Robert Frost, Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, Service Ballads, and Old English Ballads, from humorous to serious. He frequently does interpretation with poems when he feels it will make them more interesting, particularly with Old English Ballads. He also composes and recites limericks for special occasions.

Tim Christensen

D.B. Pacini introducing Malen Stroh.

Featured Poet, Malen Stroh

A metaphor is like a simile.
Author Unknown

The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.
John Berry

Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience.

One must be drenched in words,
literally soaked in them,
to have the right ones form themselves
into the proper pattern at the right moment.
Hart Crane

Social/Refreshment Break

I can't change the fact that my paintings don't sell.
But the time will come when people will recognize
that they are worth more than the value
of the paints used in the picture.
Vincent van Gogh

I never travel without my diary.
One must always have something sensational to read on the train.
Oscar Wilde
(The Importance of Being Earnest)

D.B. Pacini introducing Wallace Condon.

Wallace Condon

It's true that writing is a solitary occupation,
but you would be surprised at how much
companionship a group of imaginary characters
can offer once you get to know them.
Anne Tyler

D.B. Pacini introduces Jim Turner.

Jim Turner

I want to write books that unlock
the traffic jam in everybody's head.
John Updike

J. Lynn o'Flaherty

There are thousands of thoughts
lying within a man
that he does not know
till he takes up the pen and writes.
William Makepeace Thackeray

Hatch Graham

Wit should be wit, but never satire.
La Rochejacquelin

Storytelling reveals meaning without
committing the error of defining it.
Hannah Arendt

One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul
and yet no one ever came to sit by it.
Passers-by see only a wisp of smoke
from the chimney and continue
on their way.
Vincent van Gogh

Katy Brown

Why is ‘abbreviation’ such a long word?

Americans should know the universe itself as a road,
as many roads, as roads for traveling souls.
Walt Whitman

Lock up your libraries if you like,
but there is no gate, no lock,
no bolt that you can set
upon the freedom of my mind.
Virginia Woolf

Keep your love of nature,
for that is the true way
to understand art more and more.
Vincent van Gogh

Taylor Graham

Writing is both mask and unveiling.
E.B. White

D.B. Pacini

Bill "Pappy" Sedgeman

Goodness is the only investment which never fails.
Henry David Thoreau

In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious
way that you are absorbing the wisdom
contained in all the books
through your skin,
without even opening them.
Mark Twain

It is only a novel... or, in short,
only some work in which the greatest
powers of the mind are displayed,
in which the most thorough
knowledge of human nature,
the happiest delineation of its varieties,
the liveliest effusions of wit and humour,
are conveyed to the world
in the best-chosen language.

Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Royelle Diamond

Wallace Condon

Jim Turner

J. Lynn o'Flaherty

Malen Stroh's flowers.