Kubrick Poetry • March • Circle of Love

 時間 Time2013/3/23 (Saturday) 3:00pm-4:00pm
地點 Venue 油麻地 Kubrick電影中心一樓講廳
主持 ModeratorsPolly Ho & Adam Cheung
詩人 PoetsMadeleine Slavick & Steven Schroeder

At birth, we arrive on the earth somewhat blank. As we grow, we learn knowledge and how to make friends. Time passes, and we enter society and start a career. Maybe it is then that we realize that life is a circle of love, that we are moving from one loop to another, some liked, others not. We connect people from the various stages of our lives, and also disconnect. We make smaller circles, then bigger, bigger. Sometimes, bigger than the imagination.

In March, we offer a manifestation of the circle of love. Madeleine, after moving to live in New Zealand, is coming back to Hong Kong for a month. Steve Schroeder is also visiting Hong Kong from Chicago. They were both born in the United States, but it is in poetry where they met, and now meet again, to share ideas on connections, circles and love.

Madeleine Slavick has campaigned against poverty, taught secondary school, assisted unemployed people, raised funds for an environmental agency, counseled youth, published books, assisted homebound elderly people, and exhibited her photography in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.
She writes and photographs every day at her blog: http://touchingwhatilove.blogspot.com/

Steven Schroeder is an American poet and philosopher who currently lives and writes in Chicago. His most recent poetry collections are Turn and (with David Breeden) Raging for the Exit. A bilingual collection of selected poems written in the Pearl River Delta during several years of teaching at Shenzhen University (Chinese translations by Sou Vai Keng and Song Zijiang) is coming soon from ASM Macao.

Love Poem

(Adam Cheung)

It was a grayish cloudy Sunday but at Kubrick Poetry, love poems were in the air and somewhat surprisingly, people came not only to listen and to read the works of others, they were so ready to share the love poems they wrote.  We heard the poems of great names in Western literature in the likes of John Donne, Pablo Neruda, Leonard Cohen, and Irving Layton, sprinkled with philosophical excerpts of Roland Barthes.  We had an ad-hoc interpretation of what a romantic situation is.  Three boys then took turns each to share a love poem he wrote.  We talked about the classic Chinese poets and how in the ancient times, even the warring generals had a propensity for composing romance. And thanks to Polly, we had chocolate and a group activity!  With light background music, we concluded the session by producing a poem as a group.  Thanks to everyone who participated, and those who joined us for the first time. 

(Photos by Shing)