Regrets Only At Second Sunday

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  5/10/2007

According to a popular bumper sticker “If you have no regrets, you haven't taken enough chances!” Join Deschutes Public Library for a closer look at regret during the monthly Second Sunday celebration of the written word in the Brooks Room of the Bend Public Library at 610 NW Wall Street on Sunday, May 13, 2007. The reading begins at 3:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The monthly readings are the result of the efforts of local writers and poets who felt the need to gather to share their work and their love of writing. Each month has a focus and a featured reader and entering its third year, Second Sunday has established itself as the gathering place for writers, both experienced and novice. The gatherings end with an open mic time where anyone willing can share original pieces. This month, open mic offerings should focus on themes of regret.

This month, two local poets, Judith Montgomery and Kake Huck will be sharing a stage strewn with what might have beens. Both were recently included in the recently published anthology, “Regrets Only: Contemporary Poets on the Theme of Regret.” In the anthology, sixty-three poets from the United States, Europe, and Australia contemplate the could-have-beens, should-have-beens, squandered chances, near misses, lost loves, shames, and sorrows of regret. With rare insight, tenderness, courage, and humor these poems invite us into the richness of lives lived fully.

According to Montgomery, included in the anthology are a healthy number of Oregon poets. “Whether this might mean that Oregonians are more regretful is up for grabs, but I don’t think so!” She says that regret is a classic theme of poetry. “Looking back to something where you wish things had gone differently in some way, sometimes creating an alternative universe, sometimes laying things to rest,” is how Montgomery sums up her take on regret.

For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032.

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