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Way Library celebrating art of poetry PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Arts & Entertainment Editor   
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 09:37
PERRYSBURG - The world has plenty of poets, but who is out there to read their verse?
"It just seems like more of an ancient tradition that some people are carrying on, but it is drowned out by everything else in popular culture," said Leonard Kress, a poet, publisher, playwright and philosopher.
Annually April   - "the cruelest month," according to poet T.S. Eliot - is designated as National Poetry Month.
"It's so out of the spotlight most of the time, at least there's one time it occasionally gets featured," Kress said. "There's a lot of people writing, but not so much interest in reading or promoting or hearing it."
In celebration of April as National Poetry Month, Way Public Library will host "Rhymes, Rhythms, and Rhetoric," a poetry reading sponsored by PRIZM Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Kress, of Perrysburg, will read from his work and then invite others to read one or two of their own poems. Those interested in reading can email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Leonard Kress at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Several people have already signed up. Any open spots can be filled by those who sign up at 6:45 p.m. the night of the event.
Kress, who is on the faculty of Owens Community College where he teaches religion, philosophy, and creative writing, has nine books most recently, "The Orpheus Complex," "Thirteens" and "Living in the Candy Store" to his credit and has published in leading literary journals.
He said he started writing at the end of his college years at Temple University. His interest was sparked by his course work.
He went on to get a  Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Columbia University.
"I can't imagine not doing it," he said. "It's become a part of my day-to-day existence."
When writing a poem everything slows down, Kress said. He "lets it exist on its own, let it enter the consciousness."

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