Poet, writer, artist and teacher Carol Koss will be the featured poet at Second Sunday Poetry in the Norman Depot, 200 S. Jones, on December 11. The free reading begins at 2:00 pm. Complimentary refreshments will be served.
By birth a New Yorker, Koss has lived in Oklahoma City for over 40 years and is well known in art and poetry circles. Through her many years of teaching English, Creative Writing, and Remedial Reading, Koss has taught students from middle school through college; and in venues that range from wealthy suburbs to the South Bronx, from churches to prisons.
Five years ago, Carol Koss retired from Bishop McGuinness High School, in Oklahoma City, having taught there for eighteen years. On her refrigerator, she posted a quote from Thich Nhat Hanh: "Don't just do something. Sit there!" She continues to write, publish an occasional poem, do the 'every-now-and-then' reading, and relishes her monthly poetry groups and frequent walks in the zoo. But, she finds that it is in the 'sit[ting] there' that the truth of Plato's words emerge: "The contemplation of beauty causes the soul to grow wings."
Carol Davis Koss is the author of three chapbooks: Chapter and Verse (1997), Camera Obscura (2001 Oklahoma Book Award finalist), and Painted Full of Tongues (2002). In addition, her poetry has appeared in numerous publications.
A graduate of the City College of New York, Koss has a Masters in English from Purdue University and has done post masters work at Teachers College (Columbia University) and the University of Oklahoma.
First, soak raisins
in cinnamoned rum
and yeast rise
and you stir into coffee
watching them dissolve
but here where
last night’s rain
left open breezes
dill and lavender
as you list into
the rest of the day
While at the Depot for the poetry reading, enjoy “Small Works” in the Gallery.
Second Sunday Poetry is a program of The Performing Arts Studio, located in the Norman Depot. For more information about this and other PAS programs, phone 405-307-9320.