Manzano Mountain Art Council
Mountainair 87036
Ars Poetica

Poets & Writers Picnic

Saturday, August 28, 2004, 12 noon to 5 pm

by the Gazebo in the Shaffer Hotel garden

folk art gate by Pop Shaffer

poetry, music, open mike, food, guest readers, and more ...

Come to a Manzano Mountain Art Council literary event in the Heart of New Mexico on the last weekend in August. The 7th Annual Poets & Writers Picnic will be held in its traditional setting -- the gazebo garden behind Pop Shaffer's famous wild folk art fence next to the historic Shaffer Hotel.  (Concurrent with the Sunflower Festival)

Featuring: poetry, music, open mike, featured readers. Bring a picnic lunch or dine in the Shaffer dining room. This free, much anticipated annual event features local and visiting poets and writers, and live music.

Directions: one block south of the intersection of Highways 55 & 60.

For more information about the Poets & Writers Picnic, contact Dale Harris, 505-242-4930

Poets & Writers Picnic Featured Readers

This year
Stephen Ausherman
Debbi Brody
Cari Griffo
Mary McGinnes
Todd Moore
Sharon Niederman
Rachelle Woods

 Poets of Picnics Past


More poetry -  Ars Poetica & New Mexico Poets

More poetry to put you into the mood for the Poets and Writers Picnic. What form could be more suitable than ars poeticaThe term comes from a treatise of the same name by the Roman poet, Horace (65BC-8BC), setting forth principles of poetic composition.  It is also applied to other authoritative works dealing with the art of poetry and can be read as a kind of metapoetry or poems about poetry and what it is or does.  The poem below, by Archibald MacLeish, is probably the best known modern ars poetica.  Many poets, including Nobel Prize winners Pablo Neruda and Czeslow Milosc, have also written them.  Send us your favorite ars poetica to include. 

New Mexico poets, this year's featured readers, and readers from picnics past. Many, including organizer Dale Harris, are past and future Poets & Writers Picnic participants.

Mark your calendars for August 28th and come to Mountainair.  As has become custom, this Annual Poets & Writers Picnic is again on the same week-end as the Sunflower Festival (sponsored by Abo Trading and the Mountainair Chamber of Commerce).

And now an ars poetica for the occasion:

Ars Poetica
by Archibald MacLeish

A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globed fruit,

As old medallions to the thumb,

Silent as the sleeve-worn stone
Of casement ledges where the moss has grown--

A poem should be wordless
As the flight of birds.

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs,

Leaving, as the moon releases
Twig by twig the night-entangled trees,

Leaving, as the moon behind the winter leaves,
Memory by memory the mind--

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs.

A poem should be equal to:
Not true.

For all the history of grief
An empty doorway and a maple leaf.

For love
The leaning grasses and two lights above the sea--

A poem should not mean
But be.

Copyright © by the Estate of Archibald MacLeish
for more information about the Poets & Writers Picnic, contact Dale Harris, 505-242-4930

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Ars Poetica

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