The 2014 Common Gathering Recap

Posted on by Dodge Poetry Staff

On May 3rd, teachers from all over New Jersey who had participated in our Spring & Fountain program came together at Princeton Day School for the Common Gathering. It was a beautiful day full of poetry, with many great conversations and writing workshops led by Dodge Poets and featured poet Henri Cole.

We want to share with you some photos from the day, as well as the list of poems from the Giving Voice packet – a selection of poems chosen for reading aloud. Participants, who have not seen the packet beforehand, gather in small groups to share whichever poem strikes them. We’ve linked the poems that are available online. Enjoy!

Teachers could choose to sign up for conversations or writing activities

Featured poet Henri Cole gave a beautiful afternoon reading

Giving Voice 2014

1. Language by Camille T. Dungy
2. The Painter of the Night by James Tate
3. At Mike’s Pub and Grub by Sean Thomas Dougherty
4. Flying Through the Light by Alex Lemon
5. Good People by David Daniel
6. Clamor by John Lee Clark
7. Animal Funerals, 1964 by Claudia Emerson
8. Remaking a Neglected Orchard by Nathaniel Perry
9. Planting, Hayhurst Farm by Elyse Fenton
10. The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry
11. from Tortoise Shout by D.H. Lawrence
12. Canticle by Yusef Komunyakaa
13. Carnival by Rebecca Lindenberg
14. The Old Questions by Jillian Weise
15. I Want to Be Your Shoebox by Catherine Bowman
16. Boy in Stolen Evening Gown by Saeed Jones
17. Ballad in the Streets of Buenos Aires by Yehuda Amichai, trans. Chana Bloch
18. Mermaid Song by Kim Addonizio
19. Meaning by Carl Dennis
20. Onomatomania by Thomas Lux
21. To Bless by Danusha Laméris
22. My Brother at 3 A.M. by Natalie Diaz
23. I Do Have A Seam by Jamaal May
24. The Inquisition by Brendan Constantine
26. Pietà by Kevin Young
27. Messenger by Sophie Cabot Black
28. Goodnight Moon by James Arthur
29. Dharma by Billy Collins

All photos by Karen Mancinelli

If you’re a teacher and would like a PDF copy of the Giving Voice packet, write to us at

If you’re interested in taking part in a writing exercise with us, we will be holding Writing in Response to Nature at Duke Farms this summer. For more information, visit!

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