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The Austin Poetry Society (APS) encourages the reading, writing, and appreciation of poetry.

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Poetry is Everywhere

This month’s Poetic Insight is from APS’s Communications Director, Carie Juettner

cariejuettnerbioToday, as I sat in the chilly, impersonal, backdrop of the car dealership, I was thinking about poetry. Normally, when I think of poetry, I don’t think of car dealerships. Nature comes to mind. Childhood memories. Humorous slices of life. Not cold tile floors and blue polo shirts and a steady stream of waiting and signing. And waiting. And signing. But today, with new car smell in my nose and upbeat pop music serenading my ears, I found my mind counting syllables, making metaphors, and jotting down lines. Upgrades. Base model. The best we can do. Complete satisfaction. Let’s make this happen. And I realized that poetry exists everywhere. Even in jargon. Even in car dealerships.

Poetry exists everywhere. That’s the beauty of it. Poetry exists everywhere, and so do poets. Some write serious poetry in strict forms. Others write free verse. Others write humorous haiku. We come in all shapes and sizes, all ages, from every corner of the earth. But as disparate as our subjects and styles and backgrounds may be, poetry brings us together. It unites us in the way we see the world, the way we view and use language. And we’re hiding in plain sight. In the grocery store. In the classroom. At the pool. At the bus stop.

Even in the car dealership.

— Carie Juettner

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September begins a new season of Austin Poetry Society meetings. We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, September 17th, at the Yarborough Library to unite in the spirit poetry.

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For more news and events, check out our latest Museletter.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Send us your Poetic Insights!

Where do you find poetic inspiration? Who first introduced you to poetry? How has poetry changed your life? Do you have a funny poetic anecdote to share? APS is looking for short, poetry-related insights to post on our website homepage each month. If you’re interested in providing a snippet of poetic prose, email us at austinpoetrysociety@gmail.com. Blurbs should be 200-300 words long and accompanied by a photo of you. We look forward to hearing from you!

Don’t forget to renew your membership!

All APS memberships expire in May of each year, so now is the perfect time to renew. We’ll be starting up the meetings and monthly contests again this fall, and you don’t want to miss out! To renew your membership or join for the first time, visit our Join the APS page. You can submit your application online or print a copy and mail it in. We hope to see you all again this September!

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Share Your Photos!

If you have pictures from our Annual Awards Ceremony or any of our recent meetings that you would like to post to our Gallery page, email the files to austinpoetrysociety@gmail.com. If you did not take the photos yourself, please tell us who did so we can give proper credit. Thanks!

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APS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!

If you are a member of the Austin Poetry Society and would like to volunteer, please email us at austinpoetrysociety@gmail.com. We are currently looking for a treasurer, as well as people to chair various committees. Let us know if you can help!