Forgotten Voices Poetry Group

Poets and poetry lovers are invited to Forgotten Voices meetings, held on the first Saturday of each month at 1 pm at the library.  

Special guest on Saturday, May 3 at 1 pm: Tom Mallouk

Tom Mallouk's first chapbook, "Nantucket Revisited" was published in 2013. His work has appeared in Red Rock Review, George Washington Review and many other literary journals. He has been runner-up in 2010, 2012 and 2013 for the Bucks County Poet Laureate.

Tom's workshop will focus on the function of the lyric narrative poem and the process of making the poem.

About Forgotten Voices:
Many of our members write poetry, although, writing is not a requirement to attend.  We welcome all ages, abilities, and interests.  We enjoy listening to what each member shares.  Please come and read a poem by a poet you like or a poem you have written, or just come to listen!  If you love poetry, please join us!
Contact: Joanne Leva
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Free and open to the public. We meet the first Saturday of each month from 1-3 pm in the Community Room, except for July, when we meet off-site (call the library for location & directions).  We are a group of people who are interested in poetry and have been meeting at the Indian Valley Public Library for over 22 years.  The Forgotten Voices Poetry Group is led by Joanne Leva, creator of the Montgomery County Poet Laureate program.  Go to for more information about the program.


A poem by Forgotten Voices member, Steve Pollack:

The First Crime

 Ever since Cain murdered his brother

violence has been mankind’s eternal birthmark        

envy, a miserable force that powers anger

the steady unrelenting march towards hate


Like a love unrequited, we each wait

for fate to realize our better selves

for strength to overrule our basic nature

for courage to do what we know is right


Whether coded into all of our body’s cells

the residue of abuse left by a child’s innocence                         

a victim to life’s mountain of disappointments

or the overwhelming anguish of mental illness                          


No excuse is acceptable

No explanation is sufficient

We stand at the bench of civilization

We are measured against the lessons of history


Every intolerant word               

Every corrupt deed

Every murder

Every war, bangs a destructive drum


Every day we witness our brother killed

and all the life and light he would have created


We each have responsibility for this world we share

We are all tillers of the earth and shepherds of flocks

Our justice must be sure and urgent and fair

administered ahead of death’s next delivery


We truly are our brothers’ keeper

And our children’s teacher


 By Steve Pollack

     December 2013