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“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?”

Emily Dickinson


The Stanford Poetry Society is home to anyone interested in poetry—whether you want to read the canonical greats, workshop your own poetry, or perform. We love to bring in our favorite poems to share and analyze, as well as our favorite works of criticism. A question frequently heard in our gatherings is, “Why?” Why do you like that line? Why do you think it “works”? Or why does this poem make you cringe? Why does it fail?


Our weekly meetings usually take place on Fridays in Old Union 216 from 5-6pm. Weekly meetings usually have a theme (e.g. "Children's Poetry", "Poetry and Physics", "Modern Haiku", "Blues Poetry"). Members bring in poems, either related to the theme or that they've just been reading or thinking about, and we read the poems aloud and then discuss them. All angles of interpretation and criticism, as well as levels of experience reading poetry, are always welcome!


In addition, members are free to bring in their own poems to meetings to be workshopped by the group. We typically do a reading aloud with discussion before revealing the author, then allow the author to speak about the piece and ask for further feedback.


Check out the "Events" tab to get a taste of what we've done in the past and what might be coming up (this tab is not always up-to-date, so the mailing list below is the best way to stay updated on our meetings and events).


Interested? Join our mailing list!

What you can expect from our mailing list:

  • An announcement each week about our meeting, including the time, place, and theme for the week.
  • Information about any events we host: either performance events (like "Poetry on the Oval"), or workshops/meetings with professors or poets.
  • Information about other groups on campus of potential interest (e.g. Spoken Word Collective, Leland Quarterly), and information about poetry prize deadlines, etc.