Sunday, March 22, 2020

----2020 Robert Frost Poetry Contest: poems----

Here are the awesome machines of thought:




-----Paulette L Turco:
( the #1 poem )
Singer

The last time mother closed her sewing machine,
she’d sewn my sister’s gown of silk and lace,
a veil with pearls, fulfilling her own wish.
The house, now her own space, would have no hum.
She’d reached the private goal she’d set herself:
to dress each daughter till her wedding day…

plus bridesmaids’ gowns and her own dress that day.
She’d learned how fabrics stressed her one machine
and oiled it well; used threads she chose herself.
She learned the slip of silk, the weave of lace,
learned to guide her Singer, feel its hum—
with yards and yards of fabric toward her wish

of daughters dressed by her—beyond her wish
when she took her vows on her wedding day.
While her love served in Normandy, she’d hum
soft tunes of his return—no sewing machine.
Her trousseau was of borrowed silk and lace.
Her groom gave her a Singer. She’d teach herself.

She made her first dress simply, for herself—
an A-line shift in navy blue. Her wish
for Christmas velvet, Easter’s hand-made lace,
came first in trimmings for each holiday.
As we arrived, she cherished her machine;
from birth, we breathed in rhythm with its hum.

She’d set the bobbin, press the footplate, hum
a favorite tune, and fit each dress herself
in pastels, flowered prints, as her machine
sewed ribbons, pleats—yes, every daughter’s wish
for birthdays, dances, gowns for Spring prom day—
velvet, chiffon, rayon, linen, lace.

All sewing done, she stored away her lace—
knit baby blankets. Soon lost names, used hums
for words in lullabies, forgetting midday
shopping trips and losing sense of self,
what daughters said, the clothes she’d made—her wish
undone, instead confusion: what machine,

what meal, what day, what daughter. What is lace?   
Our photos proved how her machine did hum;           
our wish, her awe— “I stitched these gowns myself?”



-----Paulette L Turco:

Annulment
   Holy Family Sunday—1985

We sit beside each other in the pew,
unprepared for what this priest will preach.
Who will be the focus of his reach?
He’s garbed in white. What will he choose to do?

He knows about my sister’s recent woes—
her overdose of Ambien and how
her husband said, “I’m gay” that day. His vow
to her a lie, she feels eclipsed. He chose—

he loves his partner, loves his kids. Misled,
years in his bed, she’s borne two sons. And now
she prays the Church tribunal grants somehow
that, in the eyes of God, she never wed.

The priest invites parishioners to “Transcend
all shadows in your family. Pray. Amend.”




----Lucy Ricciardi:

MORNING                 

This day begins slowly on the porch.
Across the creek a lone roofer taps out
a rhythm on his shingles, the swans
patrol their waters anyway.  Lop-sided
geraniums nod in a stupor, scent of rosa
rugosa slips past the  screen door,
and a breeze that is not really a breeze
weaves us together even though you
are going, or perhaps you have already
left.  What we have is all we will have. 
Give yourself to the morning, the swans
will regroup, aware of upright paddlers
balanced on their boards as they glide
like lithe Egyptians flattened on a frieze. 



-------Simon Peter Eggertsen:

Elephants at the Beach

Near the coast just short of Zinjibar,
this and every morning, the sand waits
to sneak across to the shore on the breeze

a few grains at a time, like small, anxious children
longing for a playful day at the beach
without their parents’ permission.

At night, when the wind changes its mind,
the grains will scurry back home to the other side,
wait for the dawn, for another morning run. 

The shifting sands, free of their hourglass,
keep their own day time, their own night time
on either side of the brazen, warming sun.

Further along the highway, dunes,
the shape and size of fallen elephants,
begin in earnest, lie on their sides,

ribbed spines sagging, trying to touch the ground. 
The beasts cannot move without a helping hand,
without a nudge from the insistent sea breeze.

Last year the rogue elephant dunes squatted
on the other side, threatened to trample
the rustic fishers’ village near the shore—

a mish mash of drift and plywood and tin,
imagined homes: ‘ramshackled’,
the perfect word for them to speak.

Mushkeda.  So it may be, the people say.

-- Zinjibar, Yemen, May 1997



------John Struloeff:

Home

It’s been too many hours on the road.
Your hands are numb on the wheel
as you reach the top of the forested hill
above home. Not the home you return to
after work each day, a thousand miles
from here, but your mother’s home,
the home that still has the bed you
slept in as a child. It’s night, but the moon
alights the valley, the dark velvet contour
of treed hills visible for miles. You can see
how the rain has shaped this place, smoothed
the sharp ridges, carried grit and stick
to the valley bottom where the dark murk
slides to the open ocean. This place has taken
away so many you remember – your father,
your best friends, your childhood teachers –
and it’s taken your childhood itself.
What is to be done but look in strange wonder
at this beautiful, painful part of the world?
Yet you drive down the winding road,
your tires hissing on the slick blacktop,
windshield wipers pushing away the mist
so you can see anew each curve, each
treeline, the wet signs, the flashing yellow
light, and the long final corridor of trees
before you turn and wend slowly to your old drive.
You stop in front of the garage and see
the silhouette of your mother rise slowly
from her chair. She will greet you, feeble
and smiling, as you open the door.
I’m home, you say, and even with all the things
that have been lost and all the ways that
this is no longer your home, it still
is, and your mother is here – and has been
here for years – waiting to hold her boy
one last time before this place, after thirty-five
years, is taken from both of you.



---Colleen Wells

“The Hawk”

In a neighbor’s yard, planted on the branch of an Oak tree, the hawk worked over
its lifeless prey, busy as a chicken scratching in the dirt for a bug.

We stopped walking, took it in. My husband was entranced with it all.
“It looks like he got a mole,” he said with satisfaction.
He hates the moles in our yard;
we’ve argued more than once about his wish to eradicate them with lethal means.

Just then the giant bird grabbed up the flaccid rodent, clutched it in its talons,
then swooped, black wings flapping like a magician waving his cape.
He landed in another nearby tree,
to feast unfettered by us,
is my guess.

We took a few steps, admiring him again.
“I don’t really want to watch this.” I said.
My husband commented the hawk was about the same size as our Jack Russell.
“He can’t be that big,” I disagreed.
“Can’t you see Kramer up in the tree? At that far away, he’d look the same.”

I thought to myself, Maybe without his four legs,
maybe just his head and chest would equal the size of the hawk.
But I agreed with my husband.

I looked up at the killer who held me in its vacant amber eyes
for a powerful split second.

“Pretty Bird. You are a pretty bird,” I said,
 unable to stop myself from saying it.




----Jane Blanchard:

Near the End of Ocean Boulevard
            Saint Simon’s Island

The county’s latest bulwark has begun
to fail already—maybe only weeks
since normal traffic was allowed back on
this busy stretch of road. Saltwater seeps,
then undermines concrete too easily.
No engineer has figured out a way
to stop erosion here. Predictably
tides entering and leaving every day
will do their damage. Nature takes care of
its own—the egrets, herons, ibises,
marsh hens, and clapper rails which perch above
stiff grass or pluff mud after meals. What is
a human being in this habitat?
A passerby who gets a glance, if that.


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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

----March 2020 Poetry events in/near the All-Literation Nation---------

-----MONDAY, March 2nd, 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

-----FIRST FRIDAY OPEN MIC March 6th,2020
      ReachArts Clubhouse (basement gallery, r. side of the bldng)
      89 Burrill Street in Swampscott, MA, 7:00 pm

-----Pop-Up Poetry
     #1 Saturday March 7 at 2pm – Bulger Veterinary Hospital
      Rte.114, N.Andover...a little So. of Lawrence High School
      Suggested Theme: Pets, Companionship, Love

-----SUN, March 8th, 1pm: Merrimac Mic.
      at the Merrimac Mass Public Library:
      86 W Main St, Merrimac, MA

-----TUE, March 10th, 7pm Frost Hoot,   
     Feature: Andover High School... then, the open mic
     Cafe Azteca, 180 Common St, Lawrence, MA

----Wednesday, March 11.
     Walnut St. Cafe:   157 Walnut St, Lynn, MA 
     7pm....feature Susan Demarest,  then open mic

 There is an open Mic and sign-ups begin @7 - ish.
--------March 14 2020 @ 3pm,
                 Zara Raab and Jodie Reyes
              Powow River Poets Reading Series
               Newburyport Public Library,  94 State St




------Pop-Up Poetry
     #2 Saturday March 14 at 2pm – Good Day Café, East Mill
      N.Andover.   Suggested Theme:   Food, Frappicinos, Friendship

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

----Pop-Up Poetry
     #3 Sunday March 22,2pm – Goldenseal Apothecary,
      Main St.  No.Andover..
     Suggested Theme: Health, Ice Cream, Nostalgia

----Wed, Feb. 18th   the new Fuerza!
       Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St,Lawrence MA
       6:00---7:30 PM

---Tuesday, March  24th   Tuesday4Poetry,
    Stevens Memorial Library 345 Main Street, North Andover
    Signup at 6:30 PM, We start at 7PM.

-----Tuesday, March 24th at 6:00 PM,
   The Amesbury Poetry reading Series / Feature: Eve Linn 
   Open mic and refreshments.
   Amesbury Senior Citizen Center, 68 Elm St., Amesbury, MA

-----Pop-Up Poetry!
      #4 March 28th – 2pm  -- Andover/North Andover YMCA
      Suggested Theme: Community, Sports, Family, Fun

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Pop-Up Poetry!
#5 Friday April 3 at 8pm – Bikram Yoga, East Mill
Suggested Theme: Wellness, Strength, Community


#6 Tuesday April 21 at 7pm – Stevens Mem. Library, Main St.
Pop-Up Poetry & National Poetry Month Celebration
Theme: Massachusetts Poets Yesterday and Today


RE: Pop-Up Poetry:
People are invited to RSVP with their poems to Mark Bohrer, North Andover’s Poet Laureate.
Mark will invite people to each business on the appointed day & time to read their poems.
Kids are encouraged to take part! (with parent/guardians permission & presence as chaperone).
contact:   markjbohrer@gmail.com

Sunday, February 2, 2020

----February 2020 Poetry events in/near the All-Literation Nation---------
---check the   lines after February for events later in the calendar-----


------(Haverhill River Bards are off until April 2020)------------

-----MONDAY, February 2nd, 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,  February 9th, 1pm : Merrimac Mic.
       at the Merrimac Mass Public Library:
         86 W Main St, Merrimac, MA

-----FIRST FRIDAY OPEN MIC FEBRUARY 7,2020
      ReachArts Clubhouse (basement gallery, r. side of the bldng)
      89 Burrill Street in Swampscott, MA, 7:00 pm

-----TUE, February 10th, 7pm
     Frost Hoot,      Feature: all open mic, but you are encouraged to bring
            valentine / anti-valentine poetry to start things
     Cafe Azteca, 180 Common St, Lawrence, MA

-----Wed, Feb 12th at 7:30pm,
     The Arts and the Experience of Nature
     Features: David Davis, Janet MacFadyen, Stephen Schmidt
               Open mic follows
       Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center
       1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport

----SAT, Feb. 15th Ipswich open Mic at Zumi's, 6pm
         Zumi's  40 MARKET st.  Ipswich, MA

----Wed, Feb. 19th   the new Fuerza! at Lawrence Public Library
       51     Lawrence St, Lawrence MA
       6:00---7:30 PM

---Tuesday, Feb  25th   Tuesday4Poetry,
    Stevens Memorial Library 345 Main Street, North Andover
    Signup at 6:30 PM, We start at 7PM.

------Tuesday, February 25 at 6:00 pm,
      Amesbury Public Library Poetry Series
     Feature: Bill Coyle // refreshments, open mic.
     Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main St., Amesbury


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Poetry in Unexpected Places….
Pop-Up Poetry!
Poetry will be popping up all over North Andover this March and April in celebration of National Poetry Month, we’re going to bring poetry to unexpected places –



#1 Saturday March 7 at 2pm – Bulger Veterinary Hospital
Suggested Theme: Pets, Companionship, Love

#2 Saturday March 14 at 2pm – Good Day Café, East Mill
Suggested Theme: Food, Frappicinos, Friendship

#3 Sunday March 22 at 2pm – Goldenseal Apothecary, Main St.
Suggested Theme: Health, Ice Cream, Nostalgia

#4 March TBD (28th or 29th) – Andover/North Andover YMCA
Suggested Theme: Community, Sports, Family, Fun

#5 Friday April 3 at 8pm – Bikram Yoga, East Mill
Suggested Theme: Wellness, Strength, Community

#6 Tuesday April 21 at 7pm – Stevens Mem. Library, Main St.
Pop-Up Poetry & National Poetry Month Celebration
Theme: Massachusetts Poets Yesterday and Today
 
People are invited to RSVP with their poems to Mark Bohrer, North Andover’s Poet Laureate. 
Mark will invite people to each business on the appointed day & time to read their poems.
Kids are encouraged to take part! (with parent/guardians permission & presence as chaperone).
contect:   markjbohrer@gmail.com


Sunday, January 5, 2020

----January 2020 Poetry events in/near the All-Literation Nation---------

------(Haverhill River Bards are off until April 2020)------------


-----MONDAY, January 6th, 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

-----SAT,  Jan. 11:  Powow River Poets, reading series
     Featured:  Elizabeth Wolf  &  Anton Yakovlev
     Newburyport Public Library.  94 State St, Newburyport, MA

-------SUN,  January 12th, 1pm : Merrimac Mic.
       at the Merrimac Mass Public Library:
         86 W Main St, Merrimac, MA
   
-----TUE, January 14th, 7pm
     Frost Hoot
     Feature:  Grey Court Poets and then ... then the open mic
     Cafe Azteca, 180 Common St, Lawrence, MA

----SAT, Jan 18th Ipswich open Mic at Zumi's, 6pm
         Zumi's  40 MARKET st.  Ipswich, MA

---Tuesday, January 28th   Tuesday4Poetry,
    Stevens Memorial Library 345 Main Street, North Andover
    Signup at 6:30 PM, We start at 7PM.

---Tuesday, January 28th at 6:00 PM, 
   The Amesbury Public Library Poetry Series / Feature: Toni Treadway    
   Open mic and refreshments.
   Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main St., Amesbury

Sunday, December 1, 2019

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



------Haverhill River Bards are off until April 2020------------


-----MONDAY December 2nd, 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
   (Cancleled due to the snow storm)

---Friday, Dec. 6th :  Feature Bob Whelan, at Reach Arts,
     89 Burrell Street, Swampscott,   Doors open at 7 and
    there's an open mic so please join me and bring some of your work.

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

-----TUE, Dec. 10th, 7pm
     Frost Hoot
     Feature:  M.P. Carver  !
     Cafe Azteca, 180 Common St, Lawrence, MA

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


---Tuesday, Dec. 24th  4 Poetry November 26th***
Stevens Memorial Library 345 Main Street, North Andover
Signup at 6:30 PM, We start at 7PM.

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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