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Five Postcards For Adelaide Crapsey

April 19 @ 12:00 am

Adelaide Crapsey

This lecture has been cancelled as a precaution against the spread of the CORVID-19 virus.

Adelaide Crapsey (1878-1914) invented the cinquain. The cinquain has five lines (hence its name) with a differing syllable count for each line. The first line has two, the second has four, the third has six, the fourth has eight and the last goes back to two again. She developed the poem based on her knowledge of Japanese haiku and tanka. She always titled the poems which gives the verse an extra line.

Wanda Schubmehl discovered Adelaide Crapsey when she participated in the Cinquain Project created by M. J. Iuppa in 2009.  As a result of the project, Wanda wanted to learn more about the Rochester poet who created it, and developed a significant interest in and attachment to Crapsey as a poet and gifted young woman faced with multiple life challenges and a devastating illness. 

Wanda was the Curator of the Genesee Reading Series for Writers and Books for more than a decade. She assisted in the creation of Rochester poetry festival, RochesterInk, which ran for three years and involved collaboration with other artistic genres. She has been the instigator for community/group poetry projects such as the 2018-2019 Poetry Prompt Project, several Poetry Chain events, and a Chain Gang reading at a Rochester Fringe Festival.  A chapbook, Schroedinger’s Cat, was published by FootHills Publishing in 2011.


April 19
12:00 am
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