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Johns Creek Poetry Group welcomes Whitten



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Members of the Johns Creek Poetry Group discuss selections of their poetry in critique groups at the Northeast Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road in Johns Creek. Julia Potapoff. (click for larger version)

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Poet Joseph Whitten, who began writing poetry when he was in ninth grade, shared a copy of his new book, "Learning to Tell Time" with friend and Georgia Poetry Society President Sandy Hokanson. Julia Potapoff. (click for larger version)

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Joseph Whitten with his published work "Learning to Tell Time." Haley Hamblen. (click for larger version)
August 31, 2013
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The Johns Creek Poetry Group gathered at Northeast Spruill Oaks Library on Saturday, Aug. 24 to greet highly acclaimed Alabama poet Joseph Whitten.

Introducing the poet was none other than Sandy Hokanson, who has been president of the Georgia Poetry Society since 2010.

"My favorite thing about poetry is that it's so eclectic and you never know what to expect," Hokanson said. "Everyone has their own voice."

Whitten read a selection of poems about his family from his new book, "Learning to Tell Time," which took him about two years to craft.

Members of the Georgia Poetry Society also read selections of their poetry before breaking off into small critique groups.

In each group, participants handed out copies of their poetry and the group discussed each poem's quality and offered suggestions.

The Johns Creek Poetry Group will welcome Dr. James Green at their next gathering Sept. 21.

Visit www.afpls.org/northeast-spruill-oaks-branch for a full list of events.

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