Friday, November 1, 2019

----November 2019 Poetry events in/near the All-Literation Nation---------



------FRI,  November 1st, 7pm:   Haverhill River Bards
   Feature:   Jim Knowles, with rap 'n'roll 'n' drama
   HC Media Studio 101, 2 Merrimac St, Haverhill

VIDEO!      ---> RIVER_BARDS_JKNOWLES


----Fri, November 1st, 2019 at the 6:30 door 7pm start
     ReachArts Clubhouse (basement entrance on the r. of )
     at 89 Burrill Street in Swampscott, MA
      Feature: Beverly based musician/poet Melissa Varnavas’s
     husband Chris Terrell who played the Cabot Theater in Beverly.


-----MONDAY November 4th, 7PM : Methuen Grey Courts workshop
    Nevins Library in Methuen. Check front desk for the room info.
     Please bring 10 copies of anything that you would like to read

--------SUN,  October November  10th, 1pm
      at the Merrimac Mass Public Library:
       It's Merrimac Mic.....at a new time.

      SOME VIDEO!  rapping_with_emily_dickenson


-----TUE, November 12th, 7pm
     Frost Hoot
     Feature:  Cody Kucker   (then open mic)
     Cafe Azteca, 180 Common St, Lawrence, MA


----SAT, NOV.  16th,  Ipswich open Mic at Zumi's, 6pm
         Zumi's  40 MARKET st.  Ipswich


---Monday  November 25th.....
  Mindful Poetry and Prose, // suggest. donation $5
  Caitlin Krause, Dewitt Henry, Tom Daley
  Merrimack Valley Center For Mindfulness, 1 water st, Haverhill

---Tuesday 4 Poetry November 26th***
Stevens Memorial Library 345 Main Street, North Andover
Signup at 6:30 PM, We start at 7PM.


----Tuesday, November 26 at 6:00 PM, 
The Amesbury Public Library Poetry Series
Feature: Dennis Daly   //  Open mic and refreshments.
Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main St., Amesbury

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Events nearby:


On Saturday, November 9 from 10:00 am -- to 4:00 pm, 
ReachArts @ 89 Burrill Street in Swampscott is
free arts fair called Made by 01907. ... handmade creations
 and, In the Fireplace Room on the 1st floor, a book, cd and 
   swag table for local poets,

--------------November 9th,  3pm ------------------
Newburyport Public Library, 94 State Street
Powow River Reading Series, feature:
"Celebrating Edna St Vincent Millay"




Wednesday, October 2, 2019

----October 2019 Poetry events in and near
    the All-Literation Nation---------


------FRI,  October 4th, 7pm: Haverhill River Bards
   Feature:   JD Scrimgeour, poet/musician, was head of
                     U.Mass Salem English Dept..
   HC Media Studio 101, 2 Merrimac St, Haverhill


----MON, October 7th, 7PM : Methuen Grey Courts workshop
    Nevins Library in Methuen. Check front desk for the room info.
     Please bring 10 copies of anything that you would like to read

-----TUE, October 8th, 7pm
     Frost Hoot !
     Feature:  Lawrence Catholic Academy
      (then open mic)
     Cafe Azteca, 180 Common St, Lawrence, MA


-------Oct. 12 , 3pm
   Feature: David Mason  &  Cally Conan-Davies
   : Powow river Reading series,
  Newburyport Public Lib., 94 State Street


--------SUN,  October 13th, 1pm
   at the Merrimac Mass Public Library:
   It's Merrimac Mic.....at a new time.


----SAT, Oct 19th,  open Mic at Zumi's, 6pm
         Zumi's  40 MARKET st.  Ipswich


----Tuesday, October 22 at 6 PM, Amesbury Public Library Poetry Series
Feature: Ellie O'Leary // Open mic follows feature. Light refreshments.
Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main Street, Amesbury


---Tuesday 4 Poetry is on the 5th Tuesday this month, October 29th***
Stevens Memorial Library 345 Main Street, North Andover
Suggested theme:"Mothers and Fathers" (or anything else you have).
Signup at 6:30 PM, We start at 7PM.



-----------EVERY WEEK /  EVENTS NEARBY----------------

The Common Sage
Community Writing group open to all ages held at El Taller every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 7-8pm.
275 Essex St, Lawrence, MA

  Out on the North Shore:
----First Fridays,  6:30(open) 7:00 pm(start)
First Friday Open Mic, ReachArts Clubhouse
(basement entrance on the right),
 89 Burrill Street in Swampscott, MA

"Let's Have Words", every week, Wednesday,
Lowell, 7-9pm at The Hearing Room,119 Chelmsford St.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

----September 2019 Poetry events in and near
    the All-Literation Nation---------


------September 6th, 7pm: Haverhill River Bards
   Feature Isabell VanMerlin, MC of the Merrimac Mic
   HC Media Studio 101, 2 Merrimac St, Haverhill

--------September 8th, 1pm
   at the Merrimac Mass Public Library:
 It's Merrimac Mic.....at a new time.

----Monday, September 9th, 7PM : Methuen Grey Courts workshop
    Nevins Library in Methuen. Check front desk for the room info.
     Please bring 10 copies of anything that you would like to read

-----Tuesday, September 10th, 7pm
     Local Laureates as a feature:
     Mark Bohrer, current North Andover Laureate
     Gayle Heneey, former North Andover Laureate
     Linda Flaherty Haltmaier , Andover poet Laureate 
     Plus: the open mic, of course..
     Cafe Azteca, 180 Common St, Lawrence, MA

The Common Sage

-----September 11, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ El Taller
Community Writing group open to all ages held at El Taller every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 7-8pm.
275 Essex St, Lawrence, MA


-------Sept. 14, 3pm  : Powow river Reading series,
  Angela Alaimo O’Donnell  &  Rhina P. Espaillat
  and shaort open mic..
Newburyport Public Lib., 94 State Street


----Sept.21, open Mic at Zumi's, 6pm
         Zumi's  40 MARKET st.  Ipswich


------TUESDAY Sept 24th,  6:30PM----------------
Tuesday4Poetry;  open mic
345 Main St, North Andover, MA


---Tuesday, September 24, 6 PM,
  Amesbury Public Library Poetry Series
Feature: Jimmy Pappas  : Open mic follows feature. Light refreshments.
Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main Street, Amesbury




-----------EVERY WEEK /  EVENTS NEARBY----------------

  Out on the North Shore:
----Sept. 6th,  6:30(open) 7:00 pm(start)
First Friday Open Mic, ReachArts Clubhouse
(basement entrance on the right),
 89 Burrill Street in Swampscott, MA


"Let's Have Words", every week, Wednesday,
Lowell, 7-9pm at The Hearing Room,119 Chelmsford St.


Thursday, August 8, 2019

----August 2019 Poetry events ina nd near the All-Literation Nation---------


The Haverhill River Bards is starting up in September 2019..
Isabell VnMerlin(sept), then JD Scrimgeour(oct), then Jim Knowles (Nov)
will be featured, and the open mic, of course..  Stay tuned,.
First Fridays, usually.. (with open mic).
Isabell: Sept 6th,   JD Scimgeour Oct.4th, Jim Knowles, Nov.1st

Coming right up:
August 11th, from Noon to 2 pm, at the Merrimac Mass Public Library:
 It's Merrimac Mic.....at a new time.

(Frost Hoots begin again the 2nd Tuesday of September at Cafe Azteca, Lawrence)


The open Mic at Zumi's on the 3rd Saturday...at 6pm
August 17th,  40 MARKET st.  Ipswich




-----------TUESDAY August 27th,  6:30PM----------------
Tuesday4Poetry;  open mic
...the Stevens Estate at Osgood Hill again!
...723 Osgood St, Northat 723 Andover, MA 01845
Poetry on the estate lawn...
Note: your GPS gadget/app may say you are at the address
in the middle of a patch of roadside weeds.. Just look for a fork east
a bit south of there, and look for the sign for the Estate...
It is "off Osgood St".....definitely not right on it...





-----------EVERY WEEK EVENTS NEARBY----------------


"Let's Have Words", every week, Wednesday,
Lowell, 7-9pm at The Hearing Room,
119 Chelmsford St.



Please send me other events....it's hard to find them with google....
...too many older postings..

Sunday, June 30, 2019

----July 2019 poetry events in and near the All-Literation Nation-----------


Lainie Senechal sends this notice:
Amesbury is Looking for Its Next Poet Laureate, 
applications due Sept. 6th.
 For requirements and application information visit amesburyculturalcouncil.org.



-----Monday, July 1st 7PM : Methuen Grey Courts workshop
    Nevins Library in Methuen. Check front desk for the room info.
     Please bring 10 copies of anything that you would like to read

------(NO Frost Hoot in July:   coming back in September)



----Thursday July 18th 6:30-8 pm
     Elizabeth Wolf reads from & sells for
     MS charity benefit "Did You Know"
     Merrimac Public Library 86 W.Main St. Merrimac MA


  --------------NEW TIME!  NEW SUNDAY ...2nd Sundays at 1pm-----
-----------July 14th, 2019, 1-3pm
   Merrimac Mic, Open Mic
    Merrimac Public Library 86 W.Main St. Merrimac MA


------July 20th, 6-8pm--------
   Poetry Open MIC at Zumi's
      (Expresso/Ice-Cream/Coffee/snacks)
     40 Market St, Ipswich, MA

-------July 23rd, 7-9 pm   Tuesday4Poetry
            At the Stevens Estate..outdoors hopefully
             723 Osgood St, North Andover, MA

-----Thursday July 25th,
      2-4pm   Visctorian tea at the Whittier House
    $20 for tea and fundraising
86 Friend St. in Amesbury, MA

-----Friday  July 26, 7pm
     10 readers, Poets Who Tell The Truth
     Hall-Haskell House, 36 S Main St, Ipswich, MA




Monday, June 3, 2019

----JUNE Events, All-literation Nation and nearby------------



-------MONDAY JUNE 3rd, 7pm--------------------
, Nevins Library. 305 Broadway, Methuen MA

-------WEDNESDAY JUNE 5th   7pm--------------------
The Rockport Open Mic,.
 Brackett's Ocean View Restaurant / Brothers Brew 25 Main Street Rockport 


-----------------------Friday, June 7th, at 7:00PM:----------------
Haverhill River Bards , feature :Paulette Demers Turco  & open mic
Battlegrounds Coffee  , 39 Washington St. ,  Haverhill, Ma


-------TUESDAY JUNE 11th , 7pm-------------------
Frost Hoot;  Feature:  Lawrence High School    + open mic
Cafe Azteca, 180 Common St, Lawrence, MA
       ......last of the summer: 3 months off after......


-------WED.,   June 12th, 7:30 pm--------------------------------
Joppa Flats Education Center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA.
---Ed Meek - his poems have been featured on NPR's Cognoscenti, WCAI's Poetry Sunday and The Boston Mayor's Poetry Program in City Hall. His recent poetry collection is Spy Pond. He writes book reviews for The Arts Fuse.
-----R. A. Whelan - is a poet, playwright and essayist who lives in Rockport, MA. 
   In 2019 he organized the Rockport Poetry Festival. His poems intend to mirror 
everyday events that reflect more universal themes.
---Bonnie Brady – will present her nature collages. 
The features will be followed by an open mic.

------------Thursday, June 13th, from 7:00-8:00 pm--------------------
Zone 3 (267 Western Ave., Allston, MA 02134)
.....as part of LA Live in Allston, MA, Pilar Quintana
 will be leading a group poetry reading of THE SPRING...



------SATURDAY JUNE 15thh, 6pm------------------------
Ipswich open Mic at Zumi's Cafe, 6pm
Zumi's , 40 Market St, Ipswich, MA


-------WEDNESDAY JUNE 19th , 6-8pm --------------
Fuerza;  open mic + street poetry
Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St., Lawrence, MA


--------------------JUNE 22, 2019   Saturday 3pm 
at the Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St.
POWOW RIVER POETS 
   READING BY POETS JOHN FOY & JOAN A.W. KIMBALL


-------SUNDAY JUNE 23rd, 10:30am-------------
Merrimac Mic's next meeting .. big open mic.
Merrimac Public Library, 86 W Main St, Merrimac, MA


-----------TUESDAY JUNE 25th, 7PM----------------
Tuesday4Poetry;  open mic
Stevens Memorial Library, 345 Main St, North Andover


Paulette Turco , who you may have seen at Powows/Merrimac Mic..
will in the Lesley University MFA  Reading Series.
For event details, check out the link:
https://cambridge.wickedlocal.com/news/20190612/reading-series-to-be-held-at-lesley
Paulette will be in the Thursday, June 27 4-5:30 session
(this is in Cambridge)

Friday, May 3, 2019

----MAY Events, All-literation Nation and nearby------------


-------SATURDAY MAY 4th , 12noon to 4:30 pm---------
  Lawrence Public Library , 51 Lawrence St, Lawrence, MA
THE ALL-LITERATION NATION SPRING CELEBRATION
      This event is dedicated to the Frost Foundation
       executive director Jessica Nesbitt Sanchez, who passed away April 29th
Noon to 1pm:  dedication, Frost winning and runner-up poems will be read
1pm to ~4:30 pm:   round-robbin open mic
               ---(one poem per round, no intros,
                      go thorough the names over and over)


------MONDAY MAY 6th , 7pm--------------------
Grey Court Poets:  Meet, Read, and tweak: bring 10 copies
Nevins Library. 305 Broadway, Methuen MA


-------TUESDAY MAY 14th , 7pm-------------------
Frost Hoot;  Feature:  Remembering Jessica Sanchez, poems+stories
   + open mic
Cafe Azteca, 180 Common St, Lawrence, MA


-------WEDNESDAY MAY 15th , 6-8pm --------------
Fuerza;  open mic + youth + street poetry
Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St., Lawrence, MA


------SATURDAY MAY 18th, 6pm------------------------
Ipswich open Mic at Zumi's Cafe, 6pm
Zumi's , 40 Market St, Ipswich, MA

------SATURDAY MAY 18th, 7pm------------------------
Community Coffeehouse and Open Mic
sining/music/poetry ,,,,
Flint Memorial Library
147 Park St., North Reading Mass.
7 Park Street, North Reading, MA


------SATURDAY MAY 18th, 7pm------------------------
featuring 4 Powow poets and Karen Kelsay, 
publisher of Kelsay Books at Emma Andrews Library
(in Newburyport)


-------SUNDAY MAY 19th, 10:30am-------------
Merrimac .... big open mic!
Merrimac OPublic Library, 86 W Main St, Merrimac, MA 


----------Tuesday, May 28, 6 PM------------------
Amesbury Public Library Poetry Series
 Featured poet Muriel Angelil, followed by an open mic, 
at the Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main St.  


-----------TUESDAY MAY 28th, 7PM----------------
Tuesday4Poetry;  open mic
Stevens Memorial Library, 345 Main St, N.Andover


Saturday, March 30, 2019

----APRIL 2019 Events, All-literation Nation and nearby------------


------MONDAY  APRIL 1ST , 7pm--------------------
Grey Court Poets:  Meet, Read, and improve..: bring 10 copies
Nevins Library. 305 Broadway, Methuen MA


-------THURSDAY APRIL 4th , 7pm-------------------
 Linda Flaherty Haltmaier ,  Andover Laureate
Reading and Book Launch Celebration
Memorial Hall Library, Andover MA


--------FRIDAY  APRIL 5th , 7pm-----------------------
Haverhill River Bards ,   Feature Alfred Nicol, and open mic
Battlegrounds Coffee , 39 Washington St.  Haverhill, MA


------TUESDAY APRIL 9th , 7pm--------------------------
Frost Hoot;  Feature:  2019 Frost Prize Winner,runners-up
+ open mic, all types of poems and people
Cafe Azteca, 180 Common St, Lawrence, MA


-------WEDNESDAY APRIL 17th , 7pm (?)--------------
Fuerza;  open mic + youth + street poetry
Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St., Lawrence, MA


------SATURDAY APRIL 20th, 6pm------------------------
Ipswich open Mic at Zumi's Cafe, 6pm
Zumi's , 40 Market St, Ipswich, MA

----------SATURDAY, APRIL 202:00—3:30 PM---------
Meeting Room, Tewksbury Public Library300 Chandler Street,
 poets include: Jon Bishop; Kevin Carey; Gayle Heney; and Pilar Quintana.
 Q&A and book signing to follow the event for those interested.
Light refreshments will be provided.


-----------TUESDAY APRIL 23rd, 7PM----------------
Tuesday4Poetry;  open mic
Stevens Memorial Library, 345 Main St, N.Andover


-------TUESDAY APRIL 23rd , 7pm-------------------
Linda Flaherty Haltmaier ,  Andover Laureate
"...a poetry workshop for all levels–..."
Memorial Hall Library, Andover MA




---------------SUNDAY APRIL 28th, during the day...
Rockport Poetry Festival:
See the facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/rockportpoetryfest/
************** NOTE:  Merrimac Mic participants are invited to
                     "infiltrate" the Rockport Events  instead of the usual Merrimac Mic!************
SCHEDULE:
9-10am Breakfast at Brackett's Brothers Brew (25 MainStreet) where poets will be reading where we have our Rockport Poetry Open Mic

11:00am – 1:00pm at Spiran Hall (corner of School Street & Broadway) the "Dead Poets Society" which will be visits from a younger John Greenleaf Whittier, Emily Dickinson, a younger Robert Frost, and an older Anne Bradstreet... (in period costumes) presenting at approximately half hour intervals. A string quartet will perform during intermissions.

1:15pm at Rockport Public Library (corner of School Street & Broadway) Paperless Poetry Contest Award Ceremony. Winners presented Awards by Poet Laureates of Rockport and Gloucester then they read their poems.

2:15pm "Poet Laureates Present" Several poet Laureates from towns/cities in the region will read their work

3:15pm "End of the Line Poets" readings by poets from Rockport

4pm Festival Ekphrastic Verse Contest Award Ceremony held at Rockport Art Association and Museum (12 Main Street)

4:15pm "Rockport Poetry Open Mic" open for sign up by anyone from Cape Ann, the Northshore, and beyond! Rockport Public Library

6pm "You can Call Me Light" Film at Little Art Cinema (corner of School Street & Broadway) followed by music and readings from the musicians and poets in the film at the Festival Closing Reception
Throughout the Day
For folks just coming to town and unaware of the Festival and for those who want to just saunter along and experience the spoken word, we will have a map with sequential times and places posted for an “Unexpected Poetry Tour” with individual poets reading at various businesses.



--------Tuesday, April 30, 6:00 PM
Amesbury Public Library Poetry Series, 149 Main Street
Poet David Davis + open mic.



------------------NEWBURYPORT SPECIALS--------------------------
=========Saturday April 27th, from 8:30am to 4:00pm
Newburyport Literary Festival,  with


-------------------------------AMESBURY SPECIALS-----------------------------------
Amesbury Celebrates Poetry Month with the following free events:
"Celebrating the Poetry of Stephen R. Wagner- Amesbury Poet Laureate" on Thursday, April 11, 7 PM at Amesbury Senior Center, 68 Elm St.

"Verses to Victuals" a reading of food-related poetry to benefit Our Neighbors' Table on Wednesday, April 17, 7 PM at Amesbury Senior Center, 68 Elm St. Features - Rhina Espaillat, Alfred Nicol, Harris Gardner, Lainie Senechal, Stephen Wagner

Amesbury Public Library Poetry Series, Tuesday, April 30, 6 PM.  Featured poet David Davis, followed by an open mic, at the Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main St.




Monday, March 18, 2019

I have been studying Robert Frost for
   an upcoming role in Rockport.

Here are some interesting samples of Frost on YouTube...
 
FROST_1952_interview

FROST_READS_HIS_POETRY     ..... seems a little yankee and a tad Alec Guiness

STOPPING_BY_WOODS ... older, a bit more down-east from Vermont,,
                                               stretched consonants from Methuen years

BIRCHES__  ....middle-old......less Yankee, more  Burgess Meredith

MENDING_WALL  ..... early older .... very sharp and quick.....
                         very nice pace-changing and draaging dragging ends!


It's great to hear the timing.....

Wednesday, March 13, 2019


----------2019 Robert Frost Poetry Contest  Results-------

First Prize: 
    "Caterpillar"                Author:  Arne Weingart , Chicago  Ill.
Runners-up:
"I Plan On Haunting"        Author:   Lucy Ricciardi , Greenwich CT
"Wild Man"                      Author:   Arne Weingart , Chicago  Ill
"Loner"                           Author:   Michael Poluzzi, Highland NY
"Full Glow"                      Author:   Linda Flaherty Haltmaier, Andover MA
"Late Harvest"                  Author:   Toni Treadway, Rowley MA
"The Big Room"               Author:    Mark Bohrer, North Andover MA
"Letter to Hayden:
    In the Afterlife"            Author:    George Drew, Poestenkill NY
 "The Suicide Returns
  To Leave A Note"           Author:    Arne Weingart , Chicago  Ill
"Uncle Eli"                       Author:    Blanche Jenkins, Detroit MI


You may notice that the same author can appear multiple times.
The scoring is blind and is based on each poem, not the poet.

Thanks to all submitters and readers!


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Caterpillar
                                     ---Arne Weingart


I send you this photograph of a caterpillar
from Virginia. He, or she – how would I ever know? ­–

is impossibly fuzzy, perhaps a sign of harsher
than normal winter lurking in the hills
where they ride horses and hunt deer.

The caterpillar has not yet found out that they
are shooting Jews in Pittsburgh, right in the middle

of Saturday morning services. They will not
have had the chance to put the Torah away
yet, to wrap it up like a perpetually well-behaved

baby and sing it back to sleep in its velvet-lined ark,
or to hear a sermon on how to heal the world,

much less to say a prayer for the anniversaries
of the deaths of all their dead relatives. They
won’t be getting around to that this morning

in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh,
where Jews go to remind themselves that whatever

happened once can and will happen again
and where, if it were an actual tree, caterpillars
will emerge in the spring, dangling from newly

green leaves, preparing themselves as best 
they can remember how to become something

that sheds history like a sad old coat and takes flight.


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I plan on haunting
                                          ---Lucy Ricciardi

I plan on haunting this house
some time soon or in a few years,
not to be possessive, or to scare
the grandchildren or to settle
scores, and not to make a big deal
of it, but to complete my to do list
in post death thoughts about how
today there was a sound in the house
that wanders like a lost bird.  Or
like the rainwater talking garbled
words and swallowing itself.
The new owners will say it’s the wind
in the two pipes set up on our roof
funneling runoff from the chimney
flashing to the gutters, to collect the
efflorescence that would otherwise
stain the shingles, but I will be the wind
in the pipe and the voices in the faucet
and the stubborn film on the roof.
Tell me you don’t hear your mother’s
voice murmelling softly. Of course this
is just a lullaby I’m singing to myself,
assaulted not by the traffic, but the
silence of the suburbs on a Sunday night.


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The Big Room
   Or an evening walk in the rhyming universe
                                           -----Mark Bohrer

The evening sky brightens outside, and draws light from my room.
The dogs, impatient at my feet, want to move, let’s leave this tomb.
I laugh, is the workday through? Their leashes on, and mine, undone,
we step into the outer room, now the realm of the setting sun.

It’s eventide, half summer, as we step into the gloaming,
into that room with no ceiling, the three of us go roaming.
Into the warm quiet nightfall, we enter this swirling place.
Leaving our home, my dogs take me on a trip through time and space.

The fading light is stealing, background radiation, fleeing,
new stars and planets are appearing, pearls in a pink champagne sea.
As the swirling sky darkens, what’s left still ignites my brain.
It leaves me with this feeling, our familiar world is strange.

It looks as if I’m standing on the edge of an open field.
It looks like a man with two dogs – instead the infinite, revealed.
I feel the arrow of time, the sky aquiver with twilight.
My hand draws the bow of the Archer, his dart flies across the night.

In this room, my hand can reach to the edge of space and beyond.
From me to that star, I could skip a stone across this pond.
Can my spirit bear the lightness of The All within my reach?
Yet here I am, in the big room, dizzy, with dogs at my feet.

Overhead, there to the right, shines Vega, Mister Sagan’s star.
He had a billion or two to share, but this one was the door.
Twenty-five light years, a short step away, Contact was the book,
where Ms. Foster met her Dad, or an alien with a kindly look.

How can all this be so welcoming? It could squash me like a bug.
But it doesn’t seem so inclined – somehow it feels more like a hug.
A hadron glow still warms the sky, and the worlds around each star.
The radiation might be dangerous, but still, it warms my heart.

Summer solstice, North Andover, Mass.


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Wild Man
                           ---Arne Weingart
 
            “New video footage from a drone shows the first
            images of members of an isolated Amazon tribe
            that had no known contact with the outside world,
            the Brazilian government said this week.”
            -- The New York Times, August 23, 2018
 
 We see him from above at some distance
 
moving through a clearing carrying
what appears to be a spear, we’re not sure.
Although the drone cannot have been
 
completely silent he does not look up
 
but moves normally as if this, too, were normal.
The drone is not allowed to fly lower
or worse, to follow, which would break the rule
 
we all now understand, which is that we
 
are contagious, that we are a disease
he and all his tribe will never recover from.
First will come canned goods, then medicine,
 
a motor for the back of his canoe,
 
then dresses, shoes and trousers, alcohol,
and the worst pathogen, a new alphabet
whereby his language will be parsed into
 
mere linguistics. Walking there below,
 
carrying what appears to be a spear,
his life completely strung on sight and sound
as though on wire that reaches back centuries,
 
I don’t believe he hasn’t seen or heard us.
I think he has a word for what we are,
another word for what he now must do.


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The Suicide Returns to Leave a Note
                                                       ---Arne Weingart

This is for your benefit, not mine.
Although I can see how you might think
I felt I left something unsaid at the end.
But no. I said what I could say while I
was still alive. There are some who wonder,
maybe you’re one, whether I have regrets,
whether, in those first few feet of fall, I had
second thoughts. I prefer to no longer speak
in metaphors. Nothing is like anything else
anymore. There was a railing, an edge,
a leap, a drop, water hard as concrete, final
consequences. Life, I came to understand,
is binary, not some accumulation
of missed opportunities and best
intentions, but a switch marked On or Off.
I chose Off, never having fully understood
the On position. Now I know everything
and nothing, which is what all the great mystics
used to brag about. I guess some still do,
to ever smaller audiences. Still,
I don’t blame you for wanting to know what
might lie beyond or even in plain sight.
The answer, if I could give you one, which
I can’t, might not even apply because
your afterward might be different from mine,
not having exited by the same door.
All I can tell you, which is still not much,
is that we try to let bygones be bygones.
Think of it like a club where it’s considered
poor form to bring up bad luck or old money –
another metaphor – you’ll have to pardon me
the way I pardoned you, not that you were
ever guilty of anything other than

wanting to go on living.


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Friday, March 1, 2019

----March 2019 POETRY EVENTS IN THE All-Literation-Nation----------------





Grey Court Poets;  Meet, Read, and tweak: bring 10 copies
     7pm, Monday, Mar.4th, 2019
Nevins Library. 305 Broadway, Methuen MA





Frost Hoot;  Feature:  Andover High School
                      + open mic..all types of poems and people
     7pm, Mar. 12th, 2019
Cafe Azteca, 180 Common St, Lawrence, MA (tasty and authentic)




Fuerza;  open mic + youth + street poetry
   6:30pm, Mar.20th, 2019
Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St.,   Lawrence, MA



Merrimac Mic,   open mic on a Sunday
     10:30am,  March.24th, 2019
Merrimac Public Library,  86 W Main St, Merrimac, MA



Tuesday4Poetry;  open mic in the round
   7pm, Mar.26th, 2019
Stevens Memorial Library, 345 Main St, N.Andover





-------------------------Nearby events-------------------------



Powow River Poets Reading Series
   3pm, Mar.9th, 2019
Features: George Kalogeris  &  Jay Wickersham
    Brief open -mic.

Ipswich Poets Open Mic
   6pm, Mar.16th, 2019
Zumi's Expresso/ice-cream/tea/treats
40 Market St, Ipswich, MA

World Poetry Day Readings with 11 poets at Massasoit Community College
     “Connective Threads: Voices of Our Global Tapestry” featuring 11 poets, 11 languages/cultures.
March 21st, 6-8 pm  Buckley Performing Arts Center, Large Theatre
      Massasoit Community College, Brockton Campus
For more information:          https://library.massasoit.edu/worldpoetryday/information


The Making of a Chapbook
Saturdays, March 23rd & 30th (2-Day), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For details see:    museumofprinting.org



Amesbury Public Library Poetry Series, Tuesday, March 26, 6 PM.  Featured poet is Ann McCrea, followed by an open mic, at the Amesbury Public Library,149 Main St.



Amesbury celebrates National Poetry Month throughout the month of April.  The first event is a poetry trivia night, Thursday, April 4, 7 PM at Barewolf Brewing, 12 Oakland St.  For a complete list of Amesbury's Poetry Month events visit amesburyculturalcouncil.org/poetrymonth.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

FROST CONTEST ENTERS READING PHASE



Dear Participants:

      Thank you all for your poems!  There are twice as many this second year of the
       contest rebirth.   Envelopes came in from local places and  all over the country.
     

      Thanks again all of you and hope to see you in future events and competitions.

      Stay tuned for announcements at   robertfrostcontest.blogspot.com
      and at   frostnewsline.blogspot.com 
       Winner/runners-up should be announced by about the start of April 2019.

       Every poem will be read at least two and as many as 5 (for the top ten) times.
       On the way to widely-memorable poems, it is important to see different people
       agree in their appreciation.       


----The Robert Frost Foundation Board  (In the  Lawrence Mass Public Library)

Saturday, February 2, 2019

----Feb.2019 POETRY EVENTS IN THE All-Literation-Nation----------------


Grey Court Poets;  Meet, Read, and tweak: bring 10 copies
7pm, Monday, Feb.4th, 2019
Nevins Library. 305 Broadway, Methuen MA


Frost Hoot;  Feature + open mic..all types of poems and people
7pm, Feb. 12th, 2019
Cafe Azteca, 180 Common St, Lawrence, MA (tasty and authentic)
---postmark deadline for Frost Contest is Feb.15th! --------------------
             see:   https://robertfrostcontest.blogspot.com/
Feb is "VALENTINE/ANTI-VALENTINE" all-open-mic feature,
   ...and any other poetry you may care to bring..

Fuerza;  open mic + youth + street poetry
6:30pm, Feb.20th, 2019
Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St.,   Lawrence, MA

Merrimac Mic,   open mic on a Sunday
10:30am,  Feb.24th, 2019
Merrimac Public Library,  86 W Main St, Merrimac, MA

Tuesday4Poetry;  open mic in the round
    7pm, Feb.26th, 2019
Stevens Memorial Library, 345 Main St, N.Andover


-------------------------Nearby events-------------------------

Ipswich Poets Open Mic
     6pm, Feb.16th, 2019
Zumi's Expresso/ice-cream/tea/treats
40 Market St, Ipswich, MA


Saturday, January 5, 2019

---January 2019   Merrimac Valley poetry, All-Literation Nation and nearby----




Kicking off January,
The usual 1st-Monday meeting of the Methuen Grey Court Poets
will be cancelled, but the next night, Tuesday, January 8th, 2019, 7pm,
 at Cafe Azteca in Lawrence Mass,   Lawrence MA)Common St
The Grey Court Poets will be the feature at the Frost Hoot.
Open Mic to follow.
 You can order tasty foods before and throughout, from Cafe Azteca.


No Haverhill River Bards....they start with April.



On January 16th, 2019, at the Lawrence Public Library (Lawrence MA),
there might be the Open Mic event "FUERZA!", at 6pm...
come to read, or listen to street/youth/other poetry...

JAN 19th
(Just outside the All-Literation Nation)
At Zumi's Expresso/Coffee/treats
      40 Market Street, Ipswich, MA,
        there will likely be a poetry open mic, at 6pm
              (awaiting confirmation)

Nearby:   January 12 : Matt W. Miller & Kyle Potvin
Powow River Poets Reading series...
Saturday at 3pm, at the Newburyport Public Library.

Tuesday4Poetry is an open mic at
the N.Andover Public Library, Jan.22, 2019, 7pm

Merrimac Mic.... Open Mic at the Merrimac, MA Public Library,
January 27th at 10:30am


                               A reminder:
Postmark deadline for the Robert Frost Poetry Prize
   is Feb.15, 2019
See guidelines at :  https://robertfrostcontest.blogspot.com/

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send corrections and additions you'd
   like to make to:   frostnewsline@gmail.com

Sunday, December 2, 2018

---Merrimac Valley poetry, All-Literation Nation and nearby----


Dec.3rd, 7pm, Methuen Public Library: Grey Court Poets
                (reading/tune-up group: bring 10 copies of your poem)


Dec.7th,  7pm , Battlegrounds Coffee, Haverhill MA: Haverhill River Bards
               Feature: Mary Buchinger, and open mic


Dec. 11th, 7pm, Cafe Azteca, Lawrence MA: Frost Hoot
          Feature: Dariana Guerrrero , and open mic
          Published poet and English teacher at Philips Academy, Andover, MA

       
Dec.16th, 10:30am, Merrimac(MA) Public Library,  Merrimac Mic
           (open mic)


Dec.19th, 6pm, Lawence Public Library, Fuerza!
           (open mic,  w/street beats)


-----(not confirmed in Dec)----- 7pm, No.Andover Public Library (Stevens Memorial), Tuesday4Poetry
    (open mic)

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Dec. 15th, 6pm,    Zumi's Expresso/Cafe, Ipswich, MA
      (open mic)

Thursday, November 1, 2018

---Merrimac Valley poetry, All-Literation Nation and nearby----



Nov. 2nd, 7pm , Battlegrounds Coffee, Haverhill MA: Haverhill River Bards
    (feature Charles Coe , and open mic)

Nov. 5th, 7pm, Methuen Public Library: Grey Court Poets
           (reading/tune-up group: bring 10 copies of your poem)

Nov. 13th, 7pm, Cafe Azteca, Lawrence MA: Frost Hoot
         ( Feature: Jennifer Martelli , and open mic )
A fascinating interview with Jennifer:   RUMPUS_INTERVIEW

Nov.18th, 10:30am, Merrimac(MA) Public Library,  Merrimac Mic
    (open mic)

Nov. 21st, 6pm, Lawence Public Library, Fuerza!
     (open mic,  w/street beats)


Nov.27th, 7pm, No.Andover Public Library (Stevens Memorial), Tuesday4Poetry
    (open mic)


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For more activities, check out the Merrimac Mic blog!

MERRIMAC_MIC_BLOG

Like this blog, it is also easy to see on your smartphone
  and requires no sign-ups or downloads or upgrades....


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And Nearby:

Nov.10th, 3pm, Newburyport Public Library: Powow Poets, Celebrating X.J. Kennedy


Beat Night at Portsmouth Book & Bar @ Portsmouth Book & Bar
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Nov. 17th, 6pm,     Zumi's Expresso/Cafe, Ipswich, MA
      (open mic)

Nov.27th, Amesbury Public Library,  6:00-7:30 pm 
   (feature Michael Casey., and Open Mic)

-----------------Rants, Raves and Features!-------------------------------------------------

Elizabeth Wolf (the Rattle award-winning gatekeeper at Merrimac Mic)
 is waxing enthusiastic abou Chris Warner's poetry workshop,
first Saturday of each month, 12 noon, 1 Water St., Haverhill,
    (the Center For Mindfulness).... in the River's Edge Building


Gayle Heney has Produced a "No Gas Poetry" video
    for local cable, and it is available  on YouTube as well!:
To Wit:

CLICK_FOR_NO_GAS_POETRY!




--------------------To Fall-------------------------------------------

it's fall again:
     don't miss this change, the show
the black and white is yet to be
     but what was green before
 must go









...so

go now, and walk beneath the cobalt skies
...hear winds among
    the husks and leaves that rush and sigh



breath in the pumpkin-smell
       from this year's ground

the grace of bark and snow
     comes soon, that sleek
        and cushioned sound

----JK, 2018