Vermont Poetry Newsletter • April 20 2010

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Vermont Poetry Newsletter


Your Poetry & Spoken Word Gateway in the Green Mountain State
April 20, 2010 (Previous issue: 03/25) – In This Issue:

  1. About VPN/How To Print
  2. Newsletter Editor’s Note
  3. Writing Assignment/Suggestion/Exercise/Prompt
  4. Arab Idol: Veiled Woman Rises In TV Poetry Contest
  5. Montpelier Art Walk & Poetry Alive!
  6. Post Your Poetry
  7. Special Poetry Sale
  8. Between Ordinary and Ecstatic
  9. Gary Margolis New Book: Below the Falls
  10. Inkblot Complex Poetry Workshop
  11. League of Vermont Writers Spring Workshop
  12. PSOV Spring Luncheon
  13. Vermont Poets Daniel Lusk and Angela Patten
  14. League of VT Writers: David Weinstock Writing Workshop
  15. Statement For A Television Program – Denise Levertov
  16. Ed Carvalho’s Interview with Ron Slate
  17. Tehran Halts Travel by Poet
  18. Did You Know? Frost Place Conference on Teaching Poetry
  19. Ponderings: Poetry Posts
  20. Poetry Quote – Carl Sandburg
  21. Failbetter Poem
  22. Linebreak Poem
  23. Copper Canyon Press Poem
  24. American Life in Poetry Poems
  25. US Poets Laureate List
  26. Vermont Poet Laureates
  27. US Poet Laureates From Vermont
  28. New Hampshire Poet Laureates
  29. US Poet Laureates From New Hampshire
  30. Contact Info for Publisher of VPN: Ron Lewis
  31. Vermont Literary Journals
  32. Vermont Literary Groups’ Anthologies
  33. Vermont Poetry Blogs
  34. State Poetry Society (PSOV)
  35. Year-Round Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  36. Other Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  37. Year-Round Poetry Writing Centers in Vermont
  38. Other Writing Groups in Vermont
  39. Poetry Event Calendar

1.) About the Vermont Poetry Newsletter Network

The Vermont Poetry Newsletter Network is made up of people of all backgrounds, ages and skills who appreciate the craft of poetry and want to promote it in the beautiful state of Vermont. The network consists of a free e-mail list, an eventual web site, workshops, open mics, poetry performances and other literary events.  The network provides opportunities to meet local poets, talk about and enjoy poetry, and motivate and inspire yourself in whatever writing projects you are involved.

The mission of the Vermont Poetry Newsletter is to foster the poetry arts community in the Green Mountain State. Its goals are to serve as a resource for and about VT poets; to support the development of individual poets; and to encourage an audience for poetry in Vermont.

2.) Dear Friends of Poetry:

It was nice to hear from several of you these past weeks on the new look to the Vermont Poetry Newsletter, since it’s now permanently a part of Patrick Gillespie’s poetry blog: https://poemshape.wordpress.com/.

I would encourage most of you to get out there and take in some of the poetry readings this month. As you can see on the Poetry Event Calendar (at the bottom of the Vermont Poetry Calendar), there is a wealth of readings in these green hills. As a note, you will find the identical information about these readings on another poetry calendar: Poetz.com. I am the Curator of that site, and it’s an easy way to see what’s going on, what’s coming up, and what you might have missed!

I could have placed additional interesting information in this newsletter for you, but with all the events, I didn’t want to delay any longer for fear of you missing out on something of interest. So here you are!

Have a great National Poetry Month.

Ron Lewis
VPN Publisher
247-5913

3.) WRITING ASSIGNMENT/SUGGESTION/EXERCISES

Image by Elissa Campbell

CURRENT WRITING PROMPT:

This is kind of a twist on a writing prompt. What I want you to do is to borrow 2 books of poetry from one of your closest poetry friends. Have your friend pick them out, with no help from you. Read them both, from cover to cover, and write a poem based on the feeling you have from the authors and their work.

I suspect you will be pleasantly surprised.

Good Luck!

4.) Arab Idol: Veiled Woman Rises In TV Poetry Contest

She’s a housewife and a mother of four from Saudi Arabia. But Hissa Hilal is also a poet — and a finalist in the Million’s Poet competition on the Arabic satellite channel Abu Dhabi TV. Think American Idol, only with contestants reciting poetry written in the traditional Bedouin style.

Hilal says her decision to enter the competition was a now-or-never situation. As she told NPR’s Renee Montagne, “I have something to say; this is the chance. If I don’t do it this year, I think I’m not going to do it in my life.” [….]

5.) Montpelier Art Walk April 23, 2010


Downtown Montpelier will be abuzz with art patrons and poetry lovers on Friday, April 23rd as they stroll through the streets from venue to venue viewing the current exhibits, and enjoying the POETRY Alive! installation. Join us from 4 to 8 p.m. on April 23rd for poetry readings and artist receptions. A guide to the 25 participating venues are available at various downtown retailers. For more information, go to: www.montpelieralive.org.

The Kellogg-Hubbard Library and Montpelier Alive join together to install a display throughout downtown Montpelier, VT in celebration of National Poetry Month (April, 2010).  Download a pdf map and guide.

Rachel Senechal, Program and Development Director of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Ryan Deery, their Vista member, and Phayvanh Luekhamhan, Montpelier Alive volunteer, coordinated the effort. Phayvanh’s been blogging about it here:

The exhibit includes student and professional Vermont poetry, as well as those no longer writing among us, such as Robert Frost and Grace Paley. It features 80+ poets in 30+ venues, representing more than 20 Vermont cities and towns. This is truly a walkable anthology of contemporary Vermont poets. Conduct your own self-guided tour during the month of April by following the free guide and map provided by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library and other downtown retailers.

Other Poetry Events in celebration of National Poetry Month:

April 13th: April Ossmann, Peggy Sapphire and Baron Wormser reading at Bear Pond Books, 7 p.m.
April 20th: Pamela Harrison at Bear Pond Books, 7 p.m.
April 21st: Tim Mayo and Patricia Fargnoli at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library at 7 p.m.
April 22nd through May 9th: Song for My Father by David Budbill at Lost Nation Theater, times vary.
April 23rd: Montpelier Art Walk, 4-8 p.m.
April 23rd: Group Poetry Reading at Vermont College of Fine Arts, 4:30 p.m. With Reception and book signing, featuring Jody Gladding , Wyn Cooper, Kerrin McCadden, Izabel Nielsen, Sophia Manley, and Paige Ackerson-Keily.
April 27th: Open Poetry Reading at Bear Pond Books, 7 p.m. Early sign-up that day.

6.) POST YOUR POETRY

POST POETRY is at Bear Pond as part of the Montpelier Art Walk on Friday, April 23. Post your poetry on our clothesline in the window now, and it will be strung through the store for the art walk. You can post your own poems in the front window anytime, anonymously if you are shy. Or come in to read what others have written. Open to poets of all ages and all experiences. We are also offering a 20% discount on poetry books during the Art Walk.

7.) SPECIAL POETRY SALE

To further celebrate Poetry Month and the Montpelier Art Walk we’re having a POETRY SALE! *

20 % OFF
ALL POETRY BOOKS
FRIDAY, APRIL 23
9AM-9PM

*This is a one day only event and does not include already discounted books or special orders.

The Montpelier Art Walk is from 4pm-8pm.

8.) Between Ordinary and Ecstatic

By PETER CAMPION

Contemporary American poetry is sometimes panned for being mundane. With all the splendor and terror in the world, why should we care about some guy’s memories of high school, or the quality time he spends with his cat? Glancing over it, you might suspect that Edward Hirsch’s poetry would lend evidence to this view. Hirsch will begin a poem with a line like “Today I am pulling on a green wool sweater” or “Traffic was heavy coming off the bridge.” Neither opening seems to burn with that hard, gemlike flame.

THE LIVING FIRE
New and Selected Poems, 1975-2010
By Edward Hirsch
237 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $27

But in Hirsch’s work, things are not always what they seem. [….]

9.) The Search for a Missing Student Haunts Middlebury Poet’s New Collection

State of the Arts
BY MEGAN JAMES

Nicholas Garza is never referred to by name in Gary Margolis’ new book of poetry, Below the Falls. But anyone who was part of the Middlebury community during the endless spring two years ago, when the 19-year-old college student disappeared without a trace, will recognize “Nick” instantly. Margolis is the executive director of Middlebury College’s mental health services as well as a Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet.
“Snow can’t hold anything / for long,” he writes in “Where the Field Will Be.”

[….]

Garza was everywhere that spring, and yet nowhere; that heightened awareness of something lost pervades Margolis’ book — though not every poem is related to the student, whose body was eventually found bobbing beneath debris in the Otter Creek Falls.
Over the last six years, Margolis has been working on poems that deal with family relationships and love, the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Vermont landscape and other subjects. [….]

10.) InkBlot Complex Poetry Workshop

Revived for the 2009 academic year is the InkBlot Complex Poetry Workshop, designed for upper-elementary and high-school-age students, grades 7-12. [….]

The workshop debuted in 2004 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, during a three-week summer program, entitled Project C.H.A.N.C.E., for underprivileged sophomore and senior students from area high schools. It was a fantastic success, and the program director requested its return. With this encouragement, I decided to expand and adapt the workshop for various age levels, as an educational/arts supplement for after-school programs and enrichment programs and an arts elective for more traditional academic settings. The response has been wonderful. [….]

11.)

LEAGUE OF VERMONT WRITERS
SPRING MEETING: SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2010

At the Middlebury Inn on Route 7. Author Nancy Means Wright talks about writing her new book, Midnight Fires, a mystery launched in April; documentary film maker Holly Stadtler discusses the writer and film; and after lunch, a musical celebration of Poetry Month with in the company of musicians Cindy Mangsen and Steve Gillette, “Hungrytown” with Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson, “The Beeline Ramblers” with Lisa Burnstine-Sturz and Fran Mandeville, and the incomparable Pete and Karen Sutherland. [….]

12.)

Special Note –
PSOV Spring Luncheon on May 1st
Featuring Poet Baron Wormser

The PSOV (Poetry Society of Vermont) will be having its annual Spring Luncheon at a new location, central to many of our fine member poets.  That location is the Huntington House Inn in Rochester, Vermont, the very heart of our state.  This beautiful inn is along the easternmost edge of the 4-acre central park in the middle of town (look for a tall white gazebo).  Go online and take a look at the inn before you leave, then you’ll easily recognize it when you get there: http://www.huntingtonhouseinn.com/.

PSOV members will be receiving a notice in the coming weeks explaining the details of the Spring Luncheon, along with a fine menu selection.  We hope you’ll make this Spring Luncheon a huge success again by bringing your friends, family and future PSOV members!

Of course, the main feature of the Spring Luncheon will be the opportunity to listen to and rub shoulders with poet Baron Wormser, now a resident of Cabot, Vermont.  Baron is the author of seven acclaimed collections of poetry and co-author of two influential books on teaching poetry. In 2000, Baron was appointed Poet Laureate of the State of Maine. He is currently the Associate Director for the 2010 Conference on Poetry and Teaching at The Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire (http://www.frostplace.org/).

See you on the 1st!

13.)

Vermont Poets
Daniel Lusk & Angela Patten

Poets Daniel Lusk and Angela Patten live and work at Carraig Binn. They are Vermont Arts Council Juried Artists, members of Poetry Society of America and Associated Writing Programs, and are listed in the national directory of Poets & Writers, Inc. Recipients of numerous awards for their poetry, these widely published poets are available for public readings, poetry workshops, master classes and poetry residencies.

Carraig Binn is located among the rocks and trees of a wooded, upland mountainside in Vermont. Named for the cliffs that dominate its shady glades, Carraig Binn (Irish for “sweet rock”) is home to black bears, moose, white-tailed deer, lynx, bobcat, chipmunks, raccoons and porcupines. It rains often, and the mud of the creeks and pond gives comfort to the yellow-spotted salamander and five-lined skink. Red-tailed hawks rule the forest’s upper reaches, and evening grosbeaks, brown-headed cowbirds, and hermit thrushes call melodiously from the branches of birches and red oaks in its understory. The night is clear, summer and winter, and brilliant with stars. Often we hear coyotes, foxes and owls. The vicious fishers and ermine make no more sound hunting than does the fabled catamount. [….]

14.)

League of Vermont Writers
David Weinstock: SATURDAY, MAY 8, 2010

WRITING THAT MATTERS
A Workshop with David Weinstock
Saturday, May 8, 8-30 am – 2 pm
Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, VT

You’ve heard the advice “Write what you know.” But there is plenty you know and don’t actually care about, and caring is everything.  Let me offer slightly different counsel: “Write about what matters to you.”
Good writing requires passion, passion that cannot be faked or feigned. Why not spend a  Saturday learning to harness your inner drives into your outer work? [….]

15.)

Statement For A Television Program
by Denise Levertov
American Poet

May 1972 – Note by Denise Levertov: The following statement was written in response to an invitation to “comment on any topic, e.g., poetry, women, the war,” on a program taped weekly by a major TV network (NBC). I could not in these times choose any “topic” but the war; however, my text (which had to be submitted a week before being taped–and which was written during the interval between Nixon’s two televised speeches in May 1972–was rejected). “I feel,” wrote the producer, “that, deep as my own emotions are about this futile war, it would be inappropriate for me to use it at this time. My decision is shaped not by your piece–you write so very movingly–but by the number of Vietnam statements we have already had on the program. They cover a wide range of attitudes and angles, and with them I effected a coverage and balance which I think best to let stand.” ¶ It seems to me that a “balanced” view of genocide and of actions which are leading directly toward the extinction of life on earth is itself a kind of insanity. [….]

16.) Ed Carvalho’s Interview with Ron Slate

Writing from the “Heart of the Empire”:
Ron Slate on Incentive, History, and Politics in Poetry
[interview conducted in February 2006]

Edward Carvalho: When you and I first met at the Thomas Crane public library reading to celebrate National Poetry Month in 2005, I remember telling you how I admired the title of your book. For me, you use the maggot as a symbol of the seemingly innocuous – the easily-overlooked – which affects our relationships and society. Often times, these are the things that determine our fate, but do so uninhibited by the constraints of motives typically associated with ethical considerations. Therein is the riddle, I think. [….]

17.)

Tehran Halts Travel By Poet
Called ‘Lioness Of Iran’
by MIKE SHUSTER

The authorities in Iran continue to block the travel of the nation’s most prominent poet.

Last week, as she was about to board a flight to Paris, police seized the passport of Simin Behbahani, who is 82 and nearly blind.

Behbahani was interrogated all night long and then sent home — without her passport.
So far, she has not been charged with any crime. Neither the police nor the Revolutionary Court has asserted any legal basis for taking her passport.

‘We All Thought She Was Untouchable’ [….]

18.) Did You Know?

The Frost Place in Franconia, NH, holds an annual Frost Place Conference on Teaching Poetry. That’s right, the FP demonstrates to teachers how poetry can be taught in straightforward ways that engage students with the wealth of poetry without producing the anxiety that all too often goes with the teaching of poetry.

Contact them or take a look at the flyer for the Frost Place Poetry Outreach Project.

Email: frost@frostplace.org

Mail:

PO Box 74, Ridge Road, Franconia, NH 03580
Phone: 603-823-5510

On the Web: http://www.frostplace.org
Frost Place Conference Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=134771052136&ref=share

19.) “Ponderings”

Poetry Posts

Poetry Posts is the creation of Oregonian, Douglas Trotter. A resident of Northeast Portland, Doug has worked with wood most of his adult life. From his beginnings in a high school wood shop class, Doug has enjoyed the satisfaction of working with wood and the tools that shape wood into useful and sometimes fanciful objects. [….]

20.)

“Poetry is the achievement of the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.”

Poetry Quote by Carl Sandburg

21.)

A Parting
Don Pomerantz

I have bitten a little too closely
into a Bartlett Pear
and there are the seeds, three, four
on the other side [….]

22.)

A Meditation in Tweets
BY KIMBERLY GREY

yr bread. We can be prison food, happily. And if hungry is beautiful in any of these
ways, I want to eat I want to eat I want to eat it.

& ready before. When u step out naked of the tub: je ne sais pas mon nom. We are close
to bed now. One late night snack. I’m butter [….]

23.)

Lucia Perillo: Finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

In Inseminating the Elephant, MacArthur Fellow Lucia Perillo delivers hard-edged yet vulnerable poems that attempt to reconcile the comic impulse with the complications and tragedies of living in the actual, eating-and-breathing body — what she calls the “meat cage.”

With deft precision, Perillo dissects human failings and sexuality, as well as the relentless collision of nature with the manufactured world. Whether recalling her former training as a biologist who experimented on birds and coyotes, wondering at animal impulses, or simply watching birds from her wheelchair, she draws the reader into unforgettable poems rich in image and story.

Inseminating the Elephant
Excerpt from “Virtue is the Best Helmet”

One of these days I’m going to get myself an avatar
so I can ride an achaeopteryx in cyberspace —
goodbye, the meat cage.
Pray the server doesn’t crash, pray
against the curse of carpal tunnel syndrome. [….]

24.)

American Life in Poetry: Column 262
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-2006

When we hear news of a flood, that news is mostly about the living, about the survivors. But at the edges of floods are the dead, too. Here Michael Chitwood, of North Carolina, looks at what’s floating out there on the margins.

The Coffins

Two days into the flood
they appear, moored against
a roof eave or bobbing caught
in the crowns of drowned trees.
Like fancy life boats [….]

American Life in Poetry: Column 263
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-2006

Music lessons, well, maybe 80 out of every 100 of us had them, once, and a few of us went on to play our chosen instruments all our lives. But the rest of us? I still own a set of red John Thompson piano books that haven’t been opened since about 1950. Here Jill Bialosky, who lives in New York City, captures the atmosphere of one of those lessons.

Music Is Time

Music is time, said the violin master.
You can’t miss the stop or you’ll miss the train.
One, two, three, four,
one, two, three, four,
one, two, three, four. [….]

American Life in Poetry: Column 264
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-2006

Wendy Videlock lives in western Colorado, where a person can stop to study what an owl has left behind without being run over by a taxi.

The Owl

Beneath her nest,
a shrew’s head,
a finch’s beak
and the bones
of a quail attest [….]

American Life in Poetry: Column 265
BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE, 2004-2006

Tell a whiny child that she sounds like a broken record, and she’s likely to say, “What’s a record?” Jeff Daniel Marion, a Tennessee poet, tells us not only what 78 rpm records were, but what they meant to the people who played them, and to those who remember the people who played them.

78 RPM

In the back of the junkhouse
stacked on a cardtable covered
by a ragged bedspread, they rest,
black platters whose music once
crackled, hissed with a static [….]

25.)

Poets Laureate of the U.S.A.

  • A Net-annotated list of all the poets who have served the Library of Congress as Consultant (the old title) or Poet Laureate Consultant (the new title). Biographies & general reference sites are linked to the poets’ names — for the recent Laureates these are our own poet profiles with book-buying links at the bottom. Many of the other linked biographies are pages from the Academy of American Poets’ Find a Poet archive, a growing & invaluable resource. If there is no general information site about the poet, we have searched the Net for sample poems or other writings or recordings & listed those below the poet’s name.

26.)

Historical List of Vermont Poets Laureate

July 26, 2007-Present: Ruth Stone, Goshen (b. June 8, 1915)
March 5, 2003 – July 25, 2007: Grace Paley, Thetford (b. December 11, 1922, d. August 22, 2007 of breast cancer)
1999-2002: Ellen Bryant Voigt, Cabot (b. May 9, 1943)
1994-1998: Louise Glück, Cambridge, MA (b. April 22, 1943)
1989-1993: Galway Kinnell, Sheffield (b. February 1, 1927)
July 22, 1961-1963: Robert Frost, Ripton (b. March 26, 1874, d. January 29, 1963 of pulmonary embolism)

Position History:
 According to a February 7, 2003 press release from the Vermont Arts Council, “Robert Frost was declared Poet Laureate in 1961 [upon the adoption of Joint House Resolution 54 by the General Assembly]. In 1988 Governor Kunin re-established the position. (Reference: Executive Order No 69, 1988) Galway Kinnell was the first State Poet named for a term of 4 years as a result of this order in 1989.” The Arts Council further notes that “at the direction of the Governor [it] conducts the selection process for the State Poet by convening an advisory/selection panel. The Vermont State Poet is a person whose primary residence is in Vermont; whose poetry manifests a high degree of excellence; who has produced a critically acclaimed body of work; and who has a long association with Vermont.”

27.)

Historical list of United States Poets Laureate from Vermont

1958-1959: Robert Frost, Ripton (b. March 26, 1874, d. January 29, 1963 of pulmonary embolism)
August, 2003-2004: Louise Glück, Cambridge, MA (b. April 22, 1943)

28.)

Historical List of New Hampshire Poets Laureate

March 2004 – Present: Charles E. Butts
January 2006 – March 2009: Patricia Fargnoli
March 2004 – December 2005: Cynthia Huntington
October, 1999 – March 2004: Marie Harris, Barrington
December 1995 – March 1999: Donald Hall, Wilmot
January 1995 – March 1999: Jane Kenyon, Wilmot
March 1989 – March 1994: Maxine Kumin, Warner
June, 1984 – January 1989: Donald Hall, Danbury
January 1979 – January 1984: Richard G. Eberhart, Hanover
August 1972 – December 1978: Eleanor Vinton, Concord
September 1968 – July 1972: Paul Scott Mowrer

29.)

Historical list of United States Poets Laureate from New Hampshire

2007-2008: Charles Simic, Strafford
2006-2007: Donald Hall, Wilmot
1981-1982: Maxine Kumin, Warner
1959-1961: Richard Eberhart
1958-1959: Robert Frost, Derry

30.) If you ever have a need to contact me, here’s how to go about doing so:

Ronald Lewis:
Phone: 802-247-5913
Cell: 802-779-5913
Home: 1211 Forest Dale Road, Brandon, VT 05733
Email: vtpoet@gmail.com

31.) VERMONT LITERARY JOURNALS

1) The Queen City Review

Burlington College’s The Queen City Review is a yearly journal of art and literature and accepts the work of new and established writers and artists in the areas of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir, photography, and fine art, as well as essays and criticism on all aspects of the aforementioned. They seek to publish high quality work that ranges broadly in topic and genre.

The Queen City Review can be purchased by 2-year subscription or individually. The price of one issue is $8 plus shipping charges ($1) for a total of $9. Subscriptions can be purchased for #$14 plus shipping charges $2) and includes the Fall 2008 and upcoming 2009 issues. They accept cash, check, and credit cards. You can mail your payment to them or by calling (802) 862-9616 ext. 234 to place your order over the phone. If mailing your payment, mail details to:

ATTN: Heidi Berkowitz
Burlington College
95 North Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401

2) Bloodroot

Bloodroot is a nonprofit literary magazine dedicated to publishing diverse voices through the adventure of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. Their aim is to provide a platform for the free-spirited emerging and established writer.

The price of a single issue is $8.

Editor, “Do” Roberts
Bloodroot Literary Magazine
PO Box 322
Thetford Center, VT 05075
(802) 785-4916
email: bloodroot@wildblue.net

3) New England Review

A publication of Middlebury College, a high quality literary magazine that continues to uphold its reputation for publishing extraordinary, enduring work. NER has been publishing now for over 30 years.

Cost: $8 for a single issue
$30 for a single year (4 issues)
$50 for two years (8 issues)

New England Review
Attn: Orders
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

NEReview@middlebury.edu
(800) 450-9571

4) Willard & Maple

A Literary and Fine Art Magazine of Champlain College, Burlington.

Willard & Maple
163 South Willard Street
Freeman 302, Box 34
Burlington, VT 05401

email: willardandmaple@champlain.edu

5) Vermont Literary Review

A Literary and Fine Art Magazine of Castleton State College, Castleton.

The first issue of Vermont Literary Review was published in 1994. The review is published once a year. Work featured in the review includes poetry, fiction, drama, and personal essays from and about New England.

From its inception until 2006, students and professors reviewed the work submitted and selected work to be published. They used to jointly edit and design the review as well. After a brief lapse, the Vermont Literary Review has resumed publication in 2008 as a journal edited and designed solely by English Department faculty. The Literary Club, which used to help create this journal, is now putting out a publication of student work. (….)

6) Green Mountains Review

A Literary and Fine Art Magazine of Johnson State College, Johnson; in publication since 1987.

The Green Mountains Review is an international journal publishing poems, stories, and creative nonfiction by both well-known authors and promising newcomers. The magazine also features interviews, literary criticism, and book reviews. Neil Shepard is the general editor and poetry editor of the Green Mountains Review. The fiction editor is Leslie Daniels.

The editors are open to a wide range of styles and subject matter. If you would like to acquaint yourself with some of the work that we have accepted in the past, then we encourage you to order some of our back issues (….)

7) The Gihon River Review

“The name of the second river is Gihon. No sooner has it come out of Paradise than it vanishes beneath the depths of the sea . . .” –Moses Bar Cepha

The Gihon River Review, published biannually, was founded in the fall of 2001 as a production of the BFA program at Johnson State College. Issues are $5 each. Submissions in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction are read from September to May. Poetry submissions may not exceed five poems; fiction and nonfiction may not exceed twenty-five pages. Send all correspondence to The Gihon River Review, Johnson State College, Johnson, Vermont 05656. Please enclose a SASE. For further info by email, grr@jsc.vsc.edu.

8) Burlington Poetry Journal

The Burlington Poetry Journal is a new nonprofit publication interested in creating a means for provoking opinions, ideas, and thoughtful responses for poets in the Greater Burlington area. While there are numerous outlets for writers to gather and share privately in Vermont, there is no publication that brings together poetry of all styles and writers of all ages for the enjoyment of the general public. It is our hope that this journal will inspire writers to share their work with others who may be unaware of their talent, and for those who have never considered themselves writers to try their hand at poetry. We invite you to submit your work and share with others your thoughts and abilities with the Burlington community. The work you share will produce a dialogue as writers become aware of each other and begin to expose themselves and others to new poetry. The eclectic nature of the Burlington Poetry Journal will serve to stimulate its readers and authors.

8) Tarpaulin Sky

Founded in 2002 as an online literary journal, Tarpaulin Sky took the form of 12.5 internet issues (see the archive) before its first paper edition in November 2007. The magazine continues to publish new work both online and in print, often curated by guest-editors.

Tarpaulin Sky focuses on cross-genre / trans-genre / hybrid forms as well as innovative poetry and prose. The journal emphasizes experiments with language and form, but holds no allegiance to any one style or school or network of writers (….)

10) The Mountain Review

Colchester High School’s English Department has been publishing an interesting literary magazine: The Mountain Review. The Mountain Review is sponsored by the Vermont Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (VCTELA). Generally, the mission is to publish work from Vermont students, K-12. The Mountain Review has published poems, essays, short stories, excerpts from larger works, and art work. Wayland Cole and Katie Lenox have been the editors for several years; both teach at Colchester. Before them, Shelia Mable, a South Burlington teacher, was the editor for many years.

2009’s Mountain Review is over 100 pages long!

Students at all Vermont schools can enter the competition to be published in the Mountain Review. If you have questions, feel free to call them at (802) 264-5700 or email at colew@csdvt.org or lenoxk@csdvt.org. Send orders for copies of The Mountain Review to Katie Lenox at: Colchester High School, PO Box 900, Colchester, VT 05446. Send $5 per book; $2 postage to ship 1-3 books. Checks payable to the VCTELA.

11) The Salon: A Journal of Poetry & Fiction

WELCOME to the temporary on-line home of the Honeybee Press, a brand-new writer’s cooperative based in Burlington, Vermont. The first book from the press will be the debut issue of its bi-annual literary magazine, The Salon: A Journal of Poetry & Fiction. The goal of the press is to produce high-quality local literature and make it more affordable and visible to the public. [….]

  • Go to web site for submission guidelines.

32.)

VERMONT LITERARY GROUPS’ ANTHOLOGIES

1) Vermont Voices, An Anthology

Published by the League of Vermont Writers periodically. They have just published their 3rd anthology.

  • Vermont Voices I (published in 1991)
  • Vermont Voices II (published in 1995)
  • Vermont Voices III (published in 1999)

2) *See Below

Published by the Otter Creek Poets periodically. They have just published their 3rd volume.

  • By the Waterfall (published in 1999)
  • Maps and Voyages (published in 2004)
  • Line By Line (published in 2006)

No web site to date. All editions and issues out of print and no longer available.

3) League of Vermont Writers

Published by the Mad River Poets periodically. They have just published their 3rd volume.

  • Pebbles from the Stream (published in 2002)
  • Maps and Voyages (published in 2004)
  • Line By Line (published in 2006)

4) The Mountain Troubadour

  • Published by the Poetry Society of Vermont annually.

33.) VERMONT POETRY BLOGS

1) PoemShape

Patrick Gillespie maintains a bright, intelligent blog. There is a decided bias in favoring poetry that is written in meter, that uses form, or that plays with language in ways that separate poetry from prose – rhetoric, imagery, simile, metaphor, conceit, rhyme, meter — Traditional Poetry.

PoemShape is now the home of the Vermont Poetry Newsletter & Poetry Event Calendar.

One can subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new postings by email.

https://poemshape.wordpress.com/

34.)

STATE POETRY SOCIETY

The Poetry Society of Vermont, founded in 1947, is an association of poets and supporters who join in promoting an interest in poetry through meetings, workshops, readings, contests, and contributions to the society’s chapbook. Anyone may join the society including high school and college students and non-residents of Vermont. We welcome both writers and appreciative readers.

In September 2007, The Poetry Society of Vermont will celebrated its 60th Anniversary. (….)

35.)

YEAR-ROUND POETRY WORKSHOPS IN VERMONT


BELLOWS FALLS

1) Great River Arts Institute – See details elsewhere in this newsletter

2) Poetry Workshop at Village Square Booksellers with Jim Fowler (no relation to owner Pat). The goal of this course is to introduce more people to the art of writing poetry and will include a discussion of modern poetry in various forms and styles. Each week, the course will provide time to share and discuss participant’s poetry. Poetry Workshops on Monday mornings (9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.)- Jim Fowler’s sessions continue, with periodic break for a few weeks between sessions. Students should bring a poem and copies to the first class. The course will be limited to 5 to 8 students to allow adequate time to go through everyone’s poetry contributions and will meet in the cafe at Village Square Booksellers. James Fowler, of Charlestown, New Hampshire, has a Masters Degree in Environmental Science with a major in Nature Writing. He was the editor of Heartbeat of New England, a poetry anthology. Fowler has been widely published since 1998 in such journals as Connecticut Review, Quarterly of Light Verse, and Larcom Review. Fowler is a founding member of the River Voices Writer’s Circle, and a regular reader at Village Square Booksellers-River Voices Poetry Readings. The fee for this 6 week Workshop is $100, payable to Mr. Fowler at the first class. Pre-registration for the Poetry Workshop is suggested and may be made by calling Village Square Booksellers at 802-463-9404 or by email at vsbooks@sover.net or jfowler177@comcast.net.

3) InkBlot Complex Poetry Workshop runs through the Vermont Independent Media’s Media Mentoring Project and is held at the Rockingham Public Library at 65 Westminster Street in Bellows Falls. No previous writing or journalism experience or even class attendance is required. Participants are invited to bring a project or share successful techniques. The workshop aims to lift poetry from the page and reveal how it is a living force in daily life. Originally taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago to great acclaim, its interactive nature and inclusion of multiple art forms leaves dry, academic notions of poetry behind. It functions through three tenets: 1) Presentation of the art form as a living element of our daily world, 2) individualized, personal enrichment and free range of expression for each student, and 3) artistic ecultivation through unexpected means. Taught by seasoned arts journalist, cultural critic and poet Clara Rose Thornton, this free event explores the poetry we encounter all around us – in songs we hear, the ways we express ourselves, even the advertisements we see. In the final session students then create their own works with an increased sense of connection to the way words construct meaning. All materials are provided. Instructor Clara Rose Thornton is an internationally published film, wine and visual arts critic, music journalist, poet and former book and magazine editor. Her writings on culture and the arts have appeared nationally in Stop Smiling: The Magazine for High-Minded Lowlifes, Honest Tune: The American Journal of Jam and Time Out Chicago. Currently residing in an artists’ colony in Windham County, she acts as the biweekly arts columnist for the Rutland herald, staff writer for Southern Vermont Arts && Living and a regular contributor to The Commons. A portfolio, bio and roster of writing and editing services can be found at http://www.clararosethornton.com. For more information about the Media Mentoring Project, visit http://www.commonsnews.org or call 246-6397. You can also write to Vermont Independent Media at P.O. Box 1212, Brattleboro, VT 05302.

BERLIN

The Wayside Poets, who share their poetry publicly from time to time, have been meeting irregularly for the past 25 years. They used to be called The Academy Street Poets. Membership is by invitation only. They meet now at the Wayside Restaurant & Bakery in Berlin. Members include Diane Swan, Sherry Olson, Carol Henrikson and Sarah Hooker. You can contact them through Sherry Olson at: solsonvt@aol.com or 454-8026.

BURLINGTON

The Burlington Poets Society, a group of “stanza scribblers” that express their love of verse, made up of UVM students and professors, have recently organized, meeting at the Fleming Museum at UVM in Burlington for their periodic “The Painted Word” series of poetry readings. I hope to have additional information on this group in the coming months.

GUILFORD

The Guilford Poets Guild, formed in 1998, meets twice a month to critique and support each other’s work. Their series of sponsored readings by well-known poets which began at the Dudley Farm, continues now at the Women and Family Life Center.

MIDDLEBURY

The Otter Creek Poets offer a poetry workshop every Thursday afternoon, from 1:00 to 3:00 in the basement meeting room of the Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main Street, Middlebury. This workshop, the largest and oldest of its kind in the state, has been meeting weekly for 13 years. Poets of all ages and styles come for peer feedback, encouragement, and optional weekly assignments to get the poetry flowing. Bring a poem or two to share (plus 20 copies). The workshops are led by David Weinstock. There is considerable parking available behind the library, or further down the hill below that parking lot. For more information, call David at 388-6939 or Ron Lewis at 247-5913.

PANTON

This town is the home of Leonard Gibbs and his Dead Creek Poets Society. Leonard invites visitors to his web site, Quibbles.com, and subsequent comments for discussion. Leonard’s email address is: ML_Len@Quibbles.org. Interesting responses to items Leonard has posed on his site, may end up on the site itself.

NORWICH

This group meets on the first Sunday of every month at the Norwich Library, 6:30 p.m.

STOWE

There is another poetry workshop happening in Stowe, but unfortunately I know nothing much about this group. If you do, contact me!

WAITSFIELD

The Mad River Poets consists of a handful of poets from the Route 100 corridor. More on this group in the future.


36.)

OTHER POETRY WORKSHOPS IN VERMONT

BURLINGTON

Scribes in the making put pen to paper as part of an open verse-writing session at the Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street. Three consecutive Thursdays, starting January 8, 2009, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Free. Contact information: 862-1094.

SAXTONS RIVER

Introduction to the Writing of Poetry – Instructor: John Wood- 7 week class
Begins January 14, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

This course is designed for older adults through younger adult high school students who might be interested in learning how poetry is made and how to make it. It will involve an intensive study of poetry’s nuts and bolts (assonance, alliteration, metaphor, meter, forms, and so forth) in conjunction with reading a good bit of poetry that demonstrates these devices. If there is time toward the end of the course, and there may not be [or in a second course if there is interest], you will put what you have learned into practice. At that point it will function like a graduate-level poetry workshop with the poems submitted anonymously for critique by the instructor and the students who will by then have developed their critical skills well-enough to make useful critical comments from having been exposed to the form and theory of poetry.

It is important to keep in mind that this is not a class in which the primary or even secondary concern is reading each other’s poetry and talking about it. This is a course in learning how to write poetry, which like any other art involves mastering the craft. But learning the craft of poetry is great fun in its own right because each major element of the craft reflects something about the workings of the human mind.
A text book is required, John Frederick Nims’ Western Wind: An Introduction to Poetry. Multiple copies at $1.00 each are available on line through Abe Books. Go to: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchEntry?cmid=hp-search-advancedsearc… and type in Nims under author and Western Wind under title. This is a great book and you will love it for all the many wonderful things it will teach you, in addition to how to make a poem. Do not buy a new copy from Amazon because it is nowhere near as good as the older edition; that new edition (co-edited by David Mason) costs over $45.00 and is not worth the money. Please buy one of the cheap 1974 or 1983 editions solely edited by Nims.

About the Instructor:

John Wood, who holds both the MFA in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English literature, lives in Saxtons River and is a poet and art critic whose books in both fields have won national and international awards. For 25 years he was the Director of the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at McNeese University where he taught the writing of poetry. Several of his students have received the $20,000 NEA Poetry Fellowship, others the Ruth Lilly Fellowship in Poetry, still others a MacDowell Residency, an Amy Clampitt Fellowship, and a variety of other awards. And many of his former students have published books from leading presses. John and his teaching were the subjects of a Los Angeles Times front page article in 1999 and a full page article in 2005 in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Intro. to the Writing of Poetry John Wood Thursday 6—7:30 PM 7 weeks
$60 Members / $80 Non-Members
Basic introduction to the writing of poetry. See website for additional details.

Main Street Arts, Main Street, P.O. Box 100 Saxtons River, VT 05154
(802) 869-2960 msa@sover.net www.MainStreetArts.org

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION

The Writer’s Center
58 Main Street, White River Junction, Vermont

Instructor: April Ossmann (author of Anxious Music, Four Way Books, 2007, writing, editing and publishing consultant, and former Executive Director of Alice James Books)

Info: (802)333-9597 or aprilossmann@hotmail.com and http://www.aprilossmann.com.

ANYWHERE, VERMONT

Revived for the 2009 academic year is the InkBlot Complex Poetry Workshop, designed for upper-elementary and high-school-age students, grades 7-12. The curriculum functions through three tenets:

  • Innovative presentation of the art form as a living element of our daily world
  • Individualized, personal enrichment and free range of expression for each student
  • Artistic cultivation through unexpected means

The workshop debuted at the University of Illinois at Chicago, during a three-week summer program, entitled Project C.H.A.N.C.E., for underprivileged sophomore and senior students from area high schools. It was a fantastic success, and the program director requested its return. With this encouragement, I decided to expand and adapt the workshop for various age levels, as an educational/arts supplement for after-school programs and enrichment programs and an arts elective for more traditional academic settings. The response has been wonderful. (…) Click on Typewriter for more…

37.)

YEAR-ROUND POETRY WRITING CENTERS IN VERMONT

BURLINGTON

The Burlington Writer’s Group (BWG) meets on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 PM and has a new home at the Unitarian Church in the church’s little white house off of Clark St., 2nd floor. They’d like to let people know and also invite anyone interested to join them whenever folks are in town or as often as they’d like.

The Burlington Writer’s Group is a free drop-in group. They decide on a prompt and write for 20 minutes, followed by a go-around reading. They can usually get in two writes depending on group size. All genres and experience levels are welcome and there really are no rules other than demonstrating courtesy while people are writing (don’t interrupt). They don’t do much critiquing though some spontaneous reactions occur. Mainly it’s good practice to just show up and write for 40 minutes and share the writing, if so inclined…

BURLINGTON

Women Writing for (a) Change supports the authentic experience of women who honor themselves through creative writing.  Our community supports reflection as we move into our questions and awaken to change.  Participants enhance expressive skills, strengthen their voices, deepen themselves as women as writers for positive change in all spheres of life.  Creative writing in all genres is our shared vehicle.  Women Writing for (a) Change is for women who, 1) dream of writing for self-discovery, for personal or social healing, 2) hunger for creative process in their lives, 3) yearn to explore their feminine voice, 4) crave reflective, space, and 5) are in transition.  For more information, go to their web site at www.womenwritingVT.com/ or contact Sarah Bartlett at either 899-3772 or sarah@womenwritingvt.com.

SPRINGFIELD

A Writer’s Group has started to meet at the Springfield Town Library on the fourth Monday of each month, from 7 to 8 pm. For more information, call 885-3108.

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION

The Writer’s Center is for serious writers and nervous beginners. It’s for procrastinators who could benefit from regular deadlines – and for the prolific who could benefit from quality feedback. It’s for anyone with a manuscript hidden in a drawer, or a life story or poem waiting to be written. It’s for people who don’t know where to start or how to end. And for writers who are doing just fine on their own, but would like the company of other writers.  The Writer’s Center is for anyone who is writing or wants to write.  One of the Center’s consultants is April Ossman (www.aprilossmann.com).  Founded by Joni B. Cole and Sarah Stewart Taylor, the Writer’s Center offers instruction and inspiration through a selection of workshops, discussions, and community. We would love to see you – and your writing – at The Writer’s Center!  For more info, http://www.thewriterscenterwrj.com/.

38.)

OTHER WRITING GROUPS IN VERMONT

The League of Vermont WritersThe League is open to all who make writing a part of their lives. We offer encouragement, motivation, and networking opportunities to writers with a broad range of writing experience.
You do not need to be published to join. Visit their Membership Page for more information about benefits and fees.
Founded in 1929, LVW’s mission is to:

  • Help writers develop their skills
  • Promote responsible and ethical writing and writing practices
  • Increase communication between professional writers and publishers
  • Promote an enduring appreciation for the power of the word

The LVW publishes Vermont Voices, An Anthology, at irregular times. They have published 3 separate volumes to date.

39.)

POETRY EVENT CALENDAR

  • Below please find the most current list of poetry happenings in Vermont for the near future.  Please be aware that these events can be found on Poetz.com, but there is usually additional information that is typed here that would be cumbersome to place on Poetz.com.  Please note all events are Vermont-based unless they are of extreme importance or happen to lie just outside our borders.  If you would like to save on paper and ink, please just highlight what you need, or perhaps only events for the coming month, and print that information. All events are advertised as free unless indicated otherwise.

Mon, Apr 19: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Poetry Writing Workshop. Creators of verse improve their work. Preregister. Free. Info, 878-4918.

Mon, Apr 19: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Poet Alice Notley. Alice Notley is the author of more than twenty books of poetry including The Descent of Alette and Mysteries of Small Houses. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the L.A. Times Book Award for Poetry. In 2001, she received an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Poetry Society of America’s Shelly Memorial Award. Born in Arizona, Notley grew up in California. She was an important force in the eclectic second generation of the New York school of poetry.

Tue, Apr 20: Bear Pond Books, 77 Main Street, Montpelier, 7:00 p.m.. Poets Pamela Harrison and Gary Margolis read. For info, 229-1069.

Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Pamela Harrison is a 1968 graduate of Smith College, and the Vermont College Master of Fine Arts in Writing. Her first chapbook, Noah’s Daughter, won the 1988 Panhandler Prize from the University of West Florida, and Pudding House Press published her Greatest Hits in 2002. That same year, Ms. Harrison won the PEN Northern New England Discovery Poet Award. She was invited to read in the Poetry-at-Noon Reading Series at the Library of Congress in 2003. Her first full length collection, Stereopticon, was published by David Robert Books of Cincinnati in 2004. Her second collection, Okie Chronicles (also from David Robert Books, 2005), is a novel in poems recounting the misadventures of an extended farming family on the plains of Oklahoma during the 1950’s. Adjunct faculty in English Literature and Creative Writing for the University System of New Hampshire and Dartmouth College, Ms. Harrison has won fellowships to the MacDowell Colony and the Vermont Studio Center. Ms. Harrison has lived abroad in Finland, England, Uganda, Canada, Carriacou, and Mexico. Recently, she collaborated with her husband, Dr. Dennis McCullough, on My Mother, Your Mother, an anticipatory guide for families caring for frail elders, from Harper Collins, 2008.

Gary Margolis is Executive Director of College Mental Health Services and Associate Professor of English and American Literatures (part-time) at Middlebury College. A former Robert Frost Fellow and staff member at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, he is a recipient of a Vermont Council on the Arts award. Saint Michael’s College Department of Clinical Psychology selected him for the first annual Sam Dietzel Award for mental health practice in Vermont. His poems have been featured on National Public Radio’s “The Story” and Boston’s Channel Five “The Chronicle.” His books have been published by the University of Georgia and Autumn House Presses. He lives with his wife in Cornwall, Vermont.

Tue, Apr 20: The Galaxy Bookshop, 7 Mill Street, Hardwick, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Open Mic Night. Info, 472-5533.

Wed, Apr 21: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston, 1:00 p.m. The Music of Poetry. A piano lecture by Michael Arnowitt highlights the melodic aspects of verse and literature.Info, 878-4918.

Wed, Apr 21: The Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, 7:00 p.m. Vermont Poet Tim Mayo and former New Hampshire Poet Laureate Patricia Fargnoli will read from their recently published collections: The Kingdom of Possibilities
(Mayapple Press) and Then, Something (Tupelo Press).

Wed, Apr 21: Misty Valley Books, On the Green, Chester, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Michael Palma presents a four-week seminar on the poetry of W.H. Auden. Info, 875-3400, mvbooks@vermontel.net, http://www.mvbooks.com. (1st week)

Thu, Apr 22: Ilsley Library, 75 Main Street, Middlebury, Meeting Room, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Poet Sara London will read from and sign copies of her new collection, The Tyranny of Milk (2010, Four Way Books), sharing her work with the Otter Creek Poets during their regular weekly meeting time. Sara London was born in San Francisco, grew up in California and Vermont, and attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has worked as an editor in New York, and as a journalist on Cape Cod. Currently she teaches creative writing and literature at Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges, and has previously taught at Amherst College. Her poems have appeared in such venues as The Iowa Review, Poety East, Hudson Review, the Poetry Daily anthology, AGNI Online, Salamander, Mid-American Review and elsewhere. She is also the author of two children’s books (pub. by HarperCollins and Scholastic). She lives with her husband, writer Dean Albarelli, in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Thu, Apr 22: Phoenix Books, 21 Essex Way, Essex, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ‘Artists Get Wet Again! Lake Champlain in Paints & Words’ – A natural history reading by scientist Mike Winslow and poetry by Daniel Lusk makes a splash amid exhibited visions of the water by 20-plus area artists.Info, 658-1414, 872-7111, info@phoenixbooks.biz, http://www.phoenixbooks.biz/.

Fri, Apr 23: Vermont College of Fine Arts, Chapel, Montpelier, 4:30 p.m. Wyn Cooper will read with Greg Delanty, Jody Gladding, Kerrin McCadden, Izabel Nielsen, Sophia Manley and Paige Ackerson-Kiely, followed by a book signing and reception. For more information, call Ann Cardinal at 802-828-8589.

Wyn Cooper’s fourth book of poems, Chaos is the New Calm, is composed of 50 loose sonnets, some rhymed, some  not. Starting with the idea of the sonnet as a lyric poem, this book plays with the form, putting rhymes in unusual places, inventing new stanza forms, and addressing an unusually broad variety of subject matter. The poems range from travelogue to inner monologue, from surveys of the news, to social commentary, to solitary musing. Above all, the language of the poems is alive with sound and rhythm, with emotions that are best expressed by extremes of diction, syntax and style, without sacrificing sense. Writing about Cooper’s new book, poet T.R. Hummer states that “Wyn Cooper explores an overlooked territory that lies between the crafty irony of Frank O’Hara and the more unalloyed sentiments of contemporary popular culture, discovering unexpected equivalencies and startling imbalances.”

Wyn Cooper’s poems appear in 25 anthologies of contemporary poetry, as well as publications such as Poetry, The Southern Review, and Slate. He has written songs with Sheryl Crow, David Broza, Jody Redhage, and David Baerwald. His second CD with Madison Smartt Bell, Postcards Out of the Blue, came out in 2008. Their songs can be heard on six television shows. He has taught at Marlboro and Bennington colleges, and is a former editor of Quarterly West. He has given readings across the country and in Europe. He helps organize the Brattleboro Literary Festival, and most recently worked for the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute, a think tank run by the Poetry Foundation in Chicago.  http://www.wyncooper.com.

Fri, Apr 23: The Shoe Horn at Onion River, 8 Langdon Street, Montpelier, 7:00 p.m. Poet Linda Corelia. Randolph poet Linda Corelia reads from her work. Info, 223-5454, folks@theshoehorn.net.

Fri, Apr 23: 51 Main, Middlebury, 9:00 p.m. Verbal Onslaught. Misic, poetry.

Fri Apr 23-25: 3rd Annual Manchester Poets & Writers Weekend: Text in Motion, Image, Story and Song. Sponsored by the Greater Manchester Arts Council. The weekend will include readings, seminars and workshops on a variety of topics including: memoir writing, Journalism, writing children’s literature, writing fiction, play writing, story telling and more. The Northshire Bookstore will be hosting three sessions: Faculty and Guest Readings, a Publishing Panel, and Publishing on Demand; other locations in Manchester are also involved. For more information about or to register for the Poets and Writers Weekend visit the Greater Manchester Arts Council at http://www.greatermanchesterarts.org or call 802-867-0272.

Sat, Apr 24: Middebury Inn, Middlebury, registration is at 8:15 a.m. Poet Nancy Means Wright and Documentary Film Maker Holly Stadler. Spring meeting of the League of Vermont Writers. Author Nancy Means Wright talks about writing her new book, Midnight Fires, a mystery launched in April; documentary film maker Holly Stadtler discusses the writer and film; and after lunch, a musical celebration of Poetry Month with in the company of musicians Cindy Mangsen and Steve Gillette, “Hungrytown” with Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson, “The Beeline Ramblers” with Lisa Burnstine-Sturz and Fran Mandeville, and the incomparable Pete and Karen Sutherland. They all share their process in pairing words and poetry with song, and they’ll sing the results for us! It’s a full day of very special programming in a gracious setting at the Middlebury Inn.

Schedule: Registration & Coffee ~ 8:15-9:00 a.m.; Nancy Means Wright, Crafting the Historical Novel ~ 9:15-10:15 a.m.; Holly Barden Stadtler, The Role of the Writer in Documentary Filmmaking ~ 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Lunch ~ 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Song as Poetry~1:00-2:30 p.m.
Fee: $40.00 League of Vermont Writers members;  $45.00 Non-members

TO REGISTER:

Pay by check: Use registration-by-mail information delivered to LVW members in their League Lines newsletter at the end of March, or download the PDF of the April 2010 Registration Form and follow instructions for mail registration. For info, http://www.leaguevtwriters.org/.

Sat, Apr 24: Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, 60 Lake Street, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. ‘Song as Poetry.’ Vermont and Massachusetts performers including Hungrytown, the Beeline Ramblers, and Pete and Karen Sutherland offer lyric-centric music to mark National Poetry Month. Proceeds benefit the Champlain Valley Folk Festival. $12-$15 fee. Info, 899-5433.

Mon, Apr 26: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Poetry Writing Workshop. Creators of verse improve their work. Preregister. Free. Info, 878-4918.

Tue, Apr 27: Arlington Memorial High School, Arlington, 7:00 p.m. Poet Donald Hall. To celebrate its 20th Anniversary, the Arlington Friends of Poetry will host renowned poet Donald Hall. 20 years for a group that has hosted the likes of Robert Creeley, Louis Jenkins, Sharon Olds, Billy Collins, Ed Saunders, Bob Holdman, Thomas Lux and Yuseff Komunyakaa, means that another poet of distinction was in order, and Donald Hall certainly is an individual that sits well alongside these peers, having held the position of U.S. Poet Laureate (2006/2007). Free. Info, Hank Barthel at 375-2589, x107.

Tue, Apr 27: Bear Pond Books, 77 Main Street, Montpelier, 7:00 p.m.. Open Poetry Reading. Calling all poets! They provide the place, the food and the podium. You provide your poems. There are few rules but you must sign up ahead of time at the store and you must limit your reading to five minutes so that everyone has a chance to read. Come out for a night of encouragement, fun and friendship. For info, 229-1069, 223-3338, or 229-0774.

Tue, Apr 27: Norwich Bookstore, 291 Main Street, Norwich, 7:00 p.m. An Evening of Poetry & Dessert! The Upper Valley abounds with wordsmiths and so each April, in celebration of National Poetry Month, we host an Evening of Poetry. This year we are joining forces with the Norwich Public Library. Bring a treat to share and a poem to read or just come and listen, and enjoy a pot-luck dessert… 

(This event will be held at the Norwich Public Library. Please call 802-649-1114 or info@norwichbookstore.com for more information.)

Tue, Apr 27: Wallingford Town Hall, Wallingford, 7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. An Evening of Vermont Poetry. To celebrate National Poetry Month, the Wallingford Historical Society will hold a coffee house evening of poetry. We encourage you to bring a poem about Wallingford or Vermont to be read. Participation is not required for attendance. Info, Chris Bannerman, 446-3560.

Wed, Apr 28: Ilsley Library, 75 Main Street, Middlebury, Meeting Room, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. David Barber. David, this year’s Robert Frost Fellow at Middlebury College and the poetry editor of The Atlantic, will read from his latest collection, Wonder Cabinet (2006, Triquarterly Press) with the Otter Creek Poets during their regular weekly meeting time. David Barber is the poetry editor of The Atlantic. His first book, The Spirit Level, won the Terrence Des Pres Prize. Barber’s poetry and criticism have appeared in such publications as Field, The New England Review, The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, The Paris Review, Poetry, and Virginia Quarterly Review.

Wed, Apr 28: Vermont Humanities Council, 11 Loomis Street, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. VHC’s You Come Too Robert Frost series was a great success. Now examine selected works of twelve great British poets with Vermont Humanities Council Executive Director Peter Gilbert. The April 28 discussion will include the poems of John Keats. (Go to vermonthumanities.org for a list of the poems.) Participants are invited to either read the poems in advance or upon arriving. Refreshments served. RSVPs are encouraged at 802.262.2626 x307. Walk-ins welcome. Info, 262-2626 x304.

Wed, Apr 28: The Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, 7:00 p.m.
“The Music of Poetry,” Michael Arnowitt’s newest lecture-demonstration, explores the musical aspects of poetry, song lyrics, and literature. The talk offers a musician’s insights on the elements of sound and time in literary composition and the parallels he hears between the creations of great writers and the music of past and present classical composers and jazz and pop songwriters.

Wed, Apr 28: Misty Valley Books, On the Green, Chester, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Michael Palma presents a four-week seminar on the poetry of W.H. Auden. This session will celebrate W. H. Auden and his poetry. Auden (1907-1973) was the leading poet of his generation and a central figure of a revolution in British poetry. He settled in the United States in 1939 and became an American citizen in 1946. His long poem The Age of Anxiety (1974) won the Pulitzer Prize, inspired a symphony by Leonard Bernstein, and gave a phrase to the English language. Each evening, Palma will examine several Auden poems in depth. An inexpensive volume of his poetry will be available for sale at the bookstore in advance. The public is encouraged to attend all four free sessions but everyone is welcome at any of the sessions. Info, 875-3400, mvbooks@vermontel.net, http://www.mvbooks.com. (2nd week)

Fri, Apr 30: Middlebury College, Axinn Center Abernethy Room, 4:30 p.m. Jennifer Grotz reads. Jennifer Grotz has published her work frequently in New England Review, with new poems forthcoming this spring, and she is the assistant director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her second book of poems, THE NEEDLE, is forthcoming in Spring 2011. Her first book of poems, CUSP, was chosen by Yusef Komunyakaa for the Bakeless Prize and also received the Natalie Ornish Best First Book Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. Her poems, essays, and translations from both the French and Polish appear widely in journals such as NEW ENGLAND REVIEW, KENYON REVIEW, PLOUGHSHARES, and AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW, and in anthologies such as BEST AMERICAN POETRY and LEGITIMATE DANGERS. She teaches poetry and translation at the University of Rochester. Info, Carolyn Kuebler, 443-2195.

Fri, Apr 30: Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington Street, Barre, 6:30 p.m. Poetry Slam. “All Ages”! Slammers bring 2 original poems, each of which they can present in 3 minutes or less. All-ages audience also warmly invited! Slammers sign up ten minutes before posted start time.

Sat, May 1: Huntington House Inn, Rochester, 12:00 Noon. PSOV Spring Luncheon. Go to the PSOV (Poetry Society of Vermont) web site for further details and for contacts in order to make your reservations: http://www.poetrysocietyofvermont.org/.

Wed, May 5: Misty Valley Books, On the Green, Chester, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Michael Palma presents a four-week seminar on the poetry of W.H. Auden. Info, 875-3400, mvbooks@vermontel.net, http://www.mvbooks.com. (3rd week)

Fri, May 7: Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main Street, Brattleboro, 7:30 p.m. Wyn Cooper will have a book launch (reading and signing). For more information, 802-254-5290.

Wyn Cooper’s fourth book of poems, Chaos is the New Calm, is composed of 50 loose sonnets, some rhymed, some  not. Starting with the idea of the sonnet as a lyric poem, this book plays with the form, putting rhymes in unusual places, inventing new stanza forms, and addressing an unusually broad variety of subject matter. The poems range from travelogue to inner monologue, from surveys of the news, to social commentary, to solitary musing. Above all, the language of the poems is alive with sound and rhythm, with emotions that are best expressed by extremes of diction, syntax and style, without sacrificing sense. Writing about Cooper’s new book, poet T.R. Hummer states that “Wyn Cooper explores an overlooked territory that lies between the crafty irony of Frank O’Hara and the more unalloyed sentiments of contemporary popular culture, discovering unexpected equivalencies and startling imbalances.”

Wyn Cooper’s poems appear in 25 anthologies of contemporary poetry, as well as publications such as Poetry, The Southern Review, and Slate. He has written songs with Sheryl Crow, David Broza, Jody Redhage, and David Baerwald. His second CD with Madison Smartt Bell, Postcards Out of the Blue, came out in 2008. Their songs can be heard on six television shows. He has taught at Marlboro and Bennington colleges, and is a former editor of Quarterly West. He has given readings across the country and in Europe. He helps organize the Brattleboro Literary Festival, and most recently worked for the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute, a think tank run by the Poetry Foundation in Chicago.  http://www.wyncooper.com.

Sat, May 8: Ilsley Library, 75 Main Street, Middlebury, Meeting Room, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Writing What Matters. Writers in all genres learn how to put their own strongest drives and feelings into your writing in an all day workshop. Led by David Weinstock, sponsored by the League of Vermont Writers. To register, contact the League of Vermont Writers at http://www.leagueofvermontwriters.org/, or contacting David Weinstock at david.weinstock@gmail.com, or call 802-989-4314. $40 includes refreshments; bring your own lunch.

Sat, May 8: River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant Street, Morrisville, 6:00 p.m. Poet Peggy Sapphire. Craftsbury poet Peggy Sapphire will read from her latest book of poems  In the End a Circle, published by Antrim House. Info, 888-1261 or http://www.riverartsvt.org.

Wed, May 12: Misty Valley Books, On the Green, Chester, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Michael Palma presents a four-week seminar on the poetry of W.H. Auden. Info, 875-3400, mvbooks@vermontel.net, http://www.mvbooks.com. (4th week)

Thu, May 13: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Poet Fanny Howe. Fanny Howe has written numerous books of poetry including Gone, (University of California Press, 2003), Selected Poems (UC Press, 2000), On the Ground (Graywolf Press, 2004), and The Lyrics (Graywolf, 2007). She has also written novels, five of them collected in one volume called Radical Love. At seventeen Howe left her home in Boston for California and has since spent her life there and in England, Ireland, and Massachusetts. In recent years she has won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and an award from the Academy of Arts and Letters. She has written two collections of essays, The Wedding Dress (UC Press, 2003) and The Winter Sun (Graywolf, 2009). Howe has three grown children and six little grandchildren; she currently lives on Martha’s Vineyard.

Wed, May 19: Vermont Humanities Council, 11 Loomis Street, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. VHC’s You Come Too Robert Frost series was a great success. Now examine selected works of twelve great British poets with Vermont Humanities Council Executive Director Peter Gilbert. The May 19 discussion will include the poems of Alfred Lord Tennyson. (Go to vermonthumanities.org for a list of the poems.) Participants are invited to either read the poems in advance or upon arriving. Refreshments served. RSVPs are encouraged at 802.262.2626 x307. Walk-ins welcome. Info, 262-2626 x304.

Mon May 31: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Poet and writer Anne Waldman. Waldman has written more than 40 books, including the legendary Fast Speaking Woman, the innovative Marriage: A Sentence; and the meditative Structure of the World Compared to a Bubble. Her most recent is Manatee Humanity (2009), a hybrid-poem that explores the nuances of inter-species communication and compassion. It draws on animal lore and encounters, dreams, evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and Buddhist ritual. Outrider, a collection of poems, essays, and interviews, is a look at what poetry and the role of the poet can be. Waldman is cofounder, with Allen Ginsberg, of the celebrated Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Recipient of many awards, she is the Artistic Director for Naropa’s Summer Writing Program, and teaches in New England College’s MFA program.

Thu, Jul 15-Sun, 7/18: Summer 2010 Retreat: “Creating Sanctuary.” Take the time — make the time — to nurture your creativity. Give yourself the gift of exploration, connection,  writing, reflection – sharing with others and enjoying your solitude. During  four days in the inviting mountains of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, rediscover what nourishes you. Re-connect with the sacred within; create your sanctuary;  capture it in word and memory. Return home renewed, remembering who you are and what is important.

This annual July retreat is for any woman interested in exploring/playing with imagery and the written word, regardless of experience. Women new or returning to our community; women new to writing or wishing time and space to deepen into their words; the curious, the dedicated, neighbors, the far-distant – all  are welcome!

To reserve your place, download, complete and mail the  registration form at www.womenwritingVT.com, along with a $50 deposit to the address on the form.
Cost: $375 [room & board – $225; fees, materials, weekend anthology – $150]  Space is limited to 16.

Facilitated by Sarah Bartlett, director of Women Writing for (a) Change – Vermont.
Questions? email sarah@womenwritingVT.com.

Mon, Jul 26: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Poet Marilyn Hacker. Marilyn Hacker is the author of a dozen collections of poems, including ESSAYS ON DEPARTURE (Carcanet, 2006) , DESESPERANTO, (Norton, 2003) and WINTER NUMBERS which received the Lenore Marshall Award of the Academy of American Poets.  NAMES will be published by W.W. Norton in the fall of 2009. She has also published ten collections of translations from the French, including Marie Etienne’s KING OF A HUNDRED HORSEMEN (Farrar Strauss and Giroux 2008) which received the Robert Fagles Translation Prize and the 2009 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. She was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2008.

Thu, Aug 5: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Poet Arthur Sze. Arthur Sze is the author of nine books of poetry, including The Ginkgo Light (2009), Quipu (2005), The Silk Dragon: Translations from the Chinese (2001), and The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970-1998 (1998), all from Copper Canyon Press. He is also the editor of Chinese Writers on Writing (forthcoming from Trinity University Press in 2010). His poems have been translated into Albanian, Bosnian, Chinese, Dutch, Italian, Romanian, Spanish, and Turkish. He is a professor emeritus at the Institute of American Indian Arts and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he served, from 2006-2008, as the city’s first poet laureate.

Wed, Aug 11 – Sat, Aug 21: Ripton. Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Bread Loaf is the oldest writers’ conference in America. Since 1926–a generation before “creative writing” became a course of study in educational settings–it has convened in mid-August at the Bread Loaf campus of Middlebury College. Faculty includes Marianne Boruch, Linda Gregerson, Jane Hirshfield, Carl Phillips, Alberto Rios, David Rivard, Stanley Plumly, Martha Rhodes and C. Dale Young.

Set in the Green Mountain National Forest in Ripton, Vermont, the land was acquired in the nineteenth century by Joseph Battell, breeder of Morgan horses, proprietor of the local newspaper, and spirited lover of nature. He added a cupola and three-story wings to an existing Victorian farmhouse, and built a series of cottages to house his summer guests. Ultimately, Battell purchased more than 30,000 acres of forest and farmland in the mountains, and in 1915, willed all of it to Middlebury College. The College established a graduate school of English and American literature-still in session for six weeks every summer-and housed it on the Bread Loaf campus.

The impulse to establish the “Conferences on Writing” came initially from Robert Frost, who loved the inspiring setting. Willa Cather, Katherine Lee Bates, and Louis Untermeyer–all of whom taught at the School of English in 1922–also suggested that the campus be used for a writers’ conference when it was vacant at the end of each August. The idea took hold. At Middlebury College’s request, the young editor John Farrar organized a teaching staff and program.

The writers John Farrar attracted to the campus in the first few years-among them Stephen Vincent Benet and Hervey Allen-helped established the reputation of what came to be called the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. They were followed by a long line of writers with established reputations, as well as writers in more formative years, for whom Bread Loaf was a source of encouragement.

The buildings at Bread Loaf have been modernized in the years since Joseph Battell stood near the horse-block, welcoming guests as they alighted from carriages. The old stage route up the steep pitches and hairpin twists of the Ripton Gorge has been paved. Despite concessions to convenience, the campus has changed little in the last half century. The old wood-shingled Bread Loaf Inn, the huge Barn with its fieldstone fireplace, the outlying buildings with their porches and wicker chairs, the stillness of the surrounding forest-all are much as they were in 1926 when the Conference began.

Mon, Aug 23: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Poet Carol Moldaw. Carol Moldaw’s lyric novel, The Widening, was published by Etruscan Press last spring. She is the author of four books of poetry, The Lightning Field (2003), which won the 2002 FIELD Poetry Prize, Through the Window (2000), Chalkmarks on Stone (1998), and Taken from the River (1993). A recipient of a Lannan Foundation Marfa Writer’s Residency, an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize, Moldaw was born in Oakland, California, and lives outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. So Late, So New: New and Selected Poems is forthcoming from Etruscan Press in 2010.

Thu, Sep 2: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Poet Carl Phillips. Carl Phillips is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently Speak Low (FSG, 2009) and Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems 1986-2006 (FSG, 2007).  His awards and honors include the Kingsley Tufts Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Academy of American Poets, to which he was named a Chancellor in 2006.  He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

Mon, Sep 20: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Poet Adam Zagajewski. Adam Zagajewski was born in Lvov in 1945, a largely Polish city that became a part of the Soviet Ukraine shortly after his birth. A major figure of the Polish New Wave literary movement of the early 1970s and of the anti-Communist Solidarity movement of the 1980s, Zagajewski is today one of the most well-known and highly regarded contemporary Polish poets in Europe and the United States. Zagajewski’s most recent books in English are Eternal Enemies (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2008) and Without End: New and Selected Poems (2002), which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the author of a book of essays and literary sketches, Two Cities: On Exile, History and the Imagination (1995), and Solidarity, Solitude: Essays. When, after September 11, The New Yorker published his poem, “Try to Praise the Mutilated World,” on its back page—a rare departure from the cartoons and parodies that usually occupy that space—it resonated with many readers. He now spends part of the year in Krakow, the city he lived in during the 1960s and ’70s; and he teaches in Chicago.

Thu, Sep 30: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Poet Rikki Ducornet. Rikki Ducornet is the author of seven novels, three collections of short fictions including The One Marvelous Thing (Dalkey Archive 2008), a collection of essays and five books of poetry. She has received a Lannan Fellowship and a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction and an Academy Award from the American Adademy of Arts and Letters. Her paintings have been exhibited widely, most recently at the Museo de la Solidaridad in Santiago, Chile.

Fri, Oct 15 – Sun, Oct 17: New York City, New York. Poets Forum. The Academy of American Poets invites you to join them in New York City for the Poets Forum, a series of events exploring the ever-changing landscape of contemporary poetry in America. This year’s events will feature new in-depth discussions with an array of distinguished poets, readings, publication parties, and a new selection of literary walking tours, led by poets, throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Info, http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/380.

Thu, Nov 25: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Poet Forrest Gander. A translator, essayist, and the editor of two anthologies of Mexican poetry, Gander is the author of more than a dozen books, including collaborations with notable artists and photographers. His many books include his first novel As A Friend (2008); the poetry collections Eye Against Eye (with photographs by Sally Mann), Torn Awake, and Science & Steepleflower; and the essay collection, Faithful Existence: Reading, Memory & Transcendence. Translations include Firefly Under the Tongue: Selected Poems of Coral Bracho and, with Kent Johnson, The Night by Jaime Saenz. Gander’s essays have appeared in many national magazines including The Nation, The Boston Review, and American Poetry Review. Gander is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim, Howard, and Whiting Foundations, and he has received two Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative Poetry. With poet C.D. Wright, Gander lives in Rhode Island, where he is professor of English and Comparative Literature at Brown University.

Mon, Dec 13: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 8:00 p.m. Poet Susan Mitchell. Susan Mitchell has won many awards for her poetry, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  She has authored three books, most recently Erotikon and Rapture, which won the Kingsley Tufts Book Award and was a National Book Award finalist.  Her poems have been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, and Fence, as well as in seven volumes of the Best American Poetry series, and have been awarded three Pushcart prizes.  Mitchell lives in Boca Raton, and teaches in the MFA Writing Program at Florida Atlantic University.

  • Again, if you become aware of an event that isn’t posted above, please let me know. My apologies if I have left off anything of importance to any of you, but it can always be corrected in the next Vermont Poetry Newsletter.

La poesía
es la ruptura instantánea
instantáneamente cicatrizada
abierta de nuevo
por la mirada de los otros

Poetry
is a sudden rupture
suddenly healed
and torn open again
by the glances of the others

Octavio Paz

“One of the obligations of the writer, and
perhaps especially of the poet, is
to say or sing all that he or she can,
to deal with as much of the world as
becomes possible to him or her in language.”

Denise Levertov

Your fellow Poet,

Ron Lewis

Bye until next month!

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