An Evening of Poetry
Many of us spent a delightful evening with Moki and Bev’s California friend, Doug von Koss. He amused and amazed us with his recitations of favourite poems. He began by placing in a basket the names and authors of many of his favourite poems and each person present was invited to pull 2 selections from the basket.
Given only the name of the poem and its author, Doug was able to recite from memory a random selection of about 40 poems. But it wasn’t just a feat of memory that amazed us about this self-confessed 85-year-old man, it was the way he was able to bring the poems alive. Each one felt like a revelation we needed to hold onto.
Since Doug is a poet himself, he included two of his own poems (the only two of his own that he says he has memorized!) Harbourside decided to purchase a copy of his poems for our library as a way of keeping alive our memory of this delightful evening of poetry with Doug von Koss.