“So, come to the pond,/or the river of your imagination,/or the harbor of your longing, /and put your lips to the world./ And live/your life.“ - Mary Oliver. In the fall, as we ease back into living our lives as we once did, we will continue our focus on contemporary poets. In the past, this study group has focused on contemporary poets such as Jane Kenyon, Louise Gluck, Gerald Stern, and Natasha Tretheway. Poetry provides us with a window into understanding the complexities of the world we live in. We will search for vital truth as we explore human connections, fraught emotions, our relationship to nature, and the fragility and meaning of existence itself. We will take turns selecting a set of poems and leading our study group members in thoughtful discussion. You do not need to be a past consumer of poetry; we welcome novices and old hands alike. This study group will primarily be about the poems we select, discovering their magic and discussing our often disparate responses. Prepare to be introduced to diverse perspectives of a group of poetry lovers, to view the world in a novel way, and to discover beauty and truth through poetry.