Vermont Poetry Newsletter • January 29 2010

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Vermont Poetry Newsletter

Your Poetry & Spoken Word Gateway
In The Green Mountain State

January 26, 2011 (Previous issue: 12/12)

In This Issue:

In This Issue:

  1. About VPN
  2. Newsletter Editor’s Note
  3. Writing Assignment/Suggestion/Exercise/Prompts
  4. Vermont Life Article: Galway Kinnell
  5. Lo-Tech Lit: The Salon
  6. Poetry in New Media Project: A Users’ Guide
  7. Kiboshing the Poetry in Motion Project for NY Subways
  8. Lists of American Literary Awards
  9. Art & Writing Retreat at Sea Island Indigo, NC
  10. The Formalist: Richard Wilbur
  11. Poetry Pairing
  12. Poetry & Literary Magazines, Reviews, Ezines
  13. The Painted Word Poetry Series
  14. Poem “The Young Fools” by Paul Verlaine
  15. NYC: The Poetry Brothel’s Top Spots for Poets
  16. Janine Pommy Vega, 1942-2011
  17. Scotland Stalls on New Poet Laureate
  18. Free Poetry!
  19. Recollections of the Battlefield, WWII
  20. Idrisi Community Lays Claim to Poet
  21. Crossing the Line: Poetry’s E-Book Horizons
  22. Poetry in a Painting Studio: Yardmeter Editions
  23. On WHERE To Read Poetry
  24. At the Heart of Communities
  25. Poetry Alive! Montpelier: Call for Submissions
  26. Bloodroot Deadline April 1st
  27. To Write a Book, Honor the Urge to Create
  28. To Write a Book, Rely on Literary Muse
  29. To Write a Book, Trust Heritage and Voice
  30. Fishouse Thank You
  31. Book Review: Mean Free Path, by Ben Lerner
  32. Great Poetry Links: Riding the Meridian
  33. Poetry Quote – Paul Valéry
  34. Linebreak Poem
  35. Copper Canyon Press Poem
  36. American Life in Poetry Poem
  37. US Poets Laureate List
  38. Vermont Poet Laureates
  39. US Poet Laureates From Vermont
  40. New Hampshire Poet Laureates
  41. US Poet Laureates From New Hampshire
  42. Contact Info for Publisher of VPN: Ron Lewis
  43. Vermont Literary Journals
  44. Vermont Literary Groups’ Anthologies
  45. Vermont Poetry Blogs
  46. State Poetry Society (PSOV)
  47. Year-Round Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  48. Other Poetry Workshops in Vermont
  49. Year Around Poetry Writing Centers in Vermont
  50. Other Writing Groups in Vermont
  51. 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.

Dating from 2009, the Vermont Poetry Newsletters are being archived on a blog maintained by poet Patrick Gillespie at Poemshape.

2.) Dear Friends of Poetry:

With the recent cold spell, right on schedule here in the Green Mountains (3rd to 4th week in January), no matter what you hear, you should curl up on the couch with a hot cup of cocoa or cider, your writing tablet and something to prompt a good poem out of your head. There’s no better place than those poetry takes you to. And let’s face it, words warm the spirit.

Thank you for your many kind words about this Newsletter. Here’s one of them sent to me this week: “Thanks so much for your support. I remain always amazed by the Vermont Poetry Newsletter and grateful for the cohesion and passion it brings to the community!” Comments such as these make all the hard work in putting a VPN together worthwhile. Thank you so much for being readers!

I’ve been invited to join a small writing group in Burlington, the Cherry Lane Poets; membership is by invitation only. They happen to meet on Thursday afternoons, the same time as my Otter Creek Poets. However, the Cherry Lane group meets once a month, while the Otter Creek group meets every week. So, for one week a month, I will be foregoing the Otter Creekers in favor of the Cherry Laners. I am wonderfully excited to introduce my poetry to another poetry critiquing group and hope to live up to their expectations.

April is not that far off, and I’m thinking of putting together a poem-caching project. Select poems are placed in plastic containers around the state, and can be located using GPS trackers, or some found by accident, of course. Wouldn’t that be a great little project? Talk about a twist on “Found Poems!” Of course, I would need your help on the selection process, those poems to be used in the project. Email me if you have any recommendations.

Ron Lewis
VPN Publisher
(802) 247-5913



Something at Stake in the Telling

There are some questions I always ask about a poem. One is about “the dramatic situation.” Who’s talking to whom, when and where? Another is about “plot,” a term borrowed from fiction. What happens in this piece, in what order?

And then I ask another question, although it sounds so callous the way I usually put it: So what? Why should I care?

Here is a better phrasing, from Virginia poet Lisa Russ Spaar, in her new essay “The Hide-and-Seek Muse” (Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 6, 2011) where she offers this description of poetry:

“Something urgently expressed, with something at stake in the telling.”

So from now on, I will ask: What’s at stake in the telling? Because if nothing is at stake in the telling, there will be nothing at stake in the reading.

Yes, yes, much will be up to the reader. And no, I can’t force you to say out loud in prose in a workshop what you have worked so hard to put into poetry. But you, within yourself as the poet-in-charge, must know, or at least suspect, what is at stake. And the stakes, however small, can never be nothing.


Where is my sky, famished cache
of infinite breath, fasting,
impossible to hold, by which I know

Instead, these close, flannelled bolts,
clownish shawls infinite & careless.
Do not be afraid, I murmur,

moving, muffled by scarves,
through curtailed acoustics,
swiping my temperant broom

across the flocculent path, fatted ivies,
a bustle of shrubbery lambs.
I am afraid, wrote my student,

mistakenly, of her grandmother’s
addled dementia, of her dimension.
So much southpaw gray matter

unfurling here, meteoric,
& silence eclipsing all thought,
so pure, so prodigal.

Lisa Russ Spaar


See previous issue.
Good Luck!


You Can See Everything from Sheffield
From his hillside in Vermont, Pulitzer Prize–winner Galway Kinnell writes poems that reach for the stars

By Tom Slayton
Photographed by Richard W. Brown

When Galway Kinnell came to Vermont in the early 1960s, he felt as though he had entered another world. Vermont was rural and seemed remote. Though he had lived in cities most of his life, Kinnell was immediately attracted by both the unspoiled countryside and the people he met. The further north he drove, the more rural it seemed, and the more he liked it. He went hiking in the mountains and then began looking for a place to buy. As he ventured northward, the prices began to drop into the range a young poet could afford.
Finally he got to Sheffield, deep in the Northeast Kingdom. There, near the top of a hill at the end of a backcountry road, he found a disheveled old house surrounded by fields and, in the distance, blue mountains.
“I paid $800 for it,” Kinnell said. “And I probably could have got it for less.” (….)

5.) Lo-Tech Lit

Earlier this year Burlington poet Ben Aleshire started a new biannual literary journal, The Salon: A Journal of Poetry and Fiction, the old-fashioned way. With $400 and a dream of making local literature more widely available and affordable, he assembled a chapbook of poetry, fiction and short plays by local writers, stamped a striking red block print on each cover and distributed 300 copies to independent bookstores and libraries. (…)

6.) Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute: Poetry in New Media Project

Project Statement

During 2009, the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute convened a group of poets, editors, publishers, and experts in copyright law and new media, with the goal of identifying obstacles preventing poetry from coming fully into new media and, where possible, imagining how to remove or mitigate these obstacles. Embracing the overarching value of access to poetry as its theme, the group saw that business, technological, and societal shifts had profound implications for poets publishing both in new and in traditional media, and also that poets have an opportunity to take a central role in expanding access to a broad range of poetry in the coming months and years. The resulting Poetry and New Media: A Users’ Guide report covers topics such as copyright and fair use; royalties, permissions, and licensing; estates; access and lifelong engagement with poetry; and engaging educators, institutions, and communities. (…)

  • You can download the entire Final Poetry and New Media Report here. This document could well be the most important resource to poets to come available to them in quite some time. Thanks to Michael Collier, Wyn Cooper and others that made it possible. – Ron Lewis

Poetry and New Media: A Users’ Guide

Even within the context of the new media explosion that began in the 1980s and has led to an unprecedented increase in people’s access to information and also to various creative works, 2008 and 2009 have been remarkable years for literature, including poetry, and new media. This period marked the rise of the Kindle, which during 2009 rose from obscure curiosity to unremarkable commonplace, a success that prompted its predecessor, the Sony Reader, along with the newcomer iPhone, to challenge Kindle for a piece of the burgeoning e-book market. The period also brought the proposed settlement of the Authors Guild’s lawsuit against Google Books, a settlement that some in the literary community praised for its potential to make out-of-print and orphaned works available to new generations and to bring new income sources to some writers, and that others condemned for having excluded independent and literary publishers and for its potential to create an electronic monopoly. Regardless of how one views these and other developments in literature and new media, the poetry community ignores them at its peril.

Within the context of this discussion, it is useful to remember that the first movement of poetry from oral forms into print led to a radical narrowing of access (a result of the labor intensiveness of making books by hand), but since the invention of the printing press access has steadily increased with each new development in technology. This trend continued with the invention of the first electronic medium, radio, which still provides the ability to bring poetry to large audiences in its oral form. (….)

7.) In the City’s Subway, Literary Placards Will Soon Be Mere Echoes in the Memory

First, poetry disappeared from the subway. Now prose is on the way out, too.

Train of Thought, the program that placed literary quotations from the likes of Kafka and Schopenhauer in the unlikely locale of a packed New York City subway car, is being removed, two years after it assumed the mantle of subterranean high culture from Poetry in Motion. In its stead is a new promotional campaign by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that is intended to highlight recent improvements to the transit system. A spokesman for the authority said there was not enough space for both.

The loss of the literary placards, which have offered a reprieve from the usual advertising array of laser acne treatments and injury lawyers, marks the first time in 18 years that the subways will not feature a pinch of erudition. Poetry in Motion, the original verse-only series that spawned popular books and copycats in other cities, ran from 1992 to 2008, before being succeeded by the current program. (….)

8.) United States List of American literary awards
(in alphabetical order)

Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize — for a first book of poetry
Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry — annual prize, administered by the Sewanee Review and the University of the South, awarded to a writer who has had a substantial and distinguished career
Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship — given annually to a U.S.-born poet to spend one year outside North America in a country the recipient feels will most advance his or her work
Autumn House Press Poetry and Fiction Awards for full length book manuscripts
Beatrice Hawley Award— for an unpublished poetry collection by a U.S. resident
Bernard F. Connors Prize for Poetry — Awarded by the editors of Paris Review for the best poem published in the magazine over the course of the year (….)


  • With the weather as it is, wouldn’t it be nice to think ahead to a writing retreat on the coast? Well, you needn’t rub the poetic genie! Instead, Alice B. Fogel has emailed me with some exciting information! She will be co-leading a workshop for artists and writers of all kinds and at all levels, in the gorgeous Hilton Head, SC setting, this April. Take a look:

Sea Island Indigo
Art & Writing Retreat

Hilton Head, South Carolina
This retreat is designed for artists and writers of all levels who wish to explore their creativity in a beautiful sea island setting.
Retreat Dates: April 7-11, 2011


The Formalist
Published: January 7, 2011

New Poems and Translations
By Richard Wilbur
63 pp. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. $20

It’s tough to be a Grand Old Man of — well, anything, really. At this point Joe Paterno must feel less like a person than a physical feature of the Penn State campus, like the Nittany Lion Shrine. In his elegy for Yeats, Auden claims that the poet, upon dying, “became his admirers,” but it would’ve been more accurate to say that like most Grand Old Men (and not just the ones who actually are men), Yeats had much earlier become shorthand for an array of generalizations. Stick around long enough and, to most people, you’re no longer an artist; you’re a brand. (….)


Poetry Pairing
Jan. 13, 2011

In our weekly “Poetry Pairing” series, we collaborate with the Poetry Foundation to feature a work from its American Life in Poetry project alongside content from The Times that somehow echoes, extends or challenges the poem’s themes. Each poem is introduced briefly by Ted Kooser, a former United States poet laureate.
This week’s pairing: the poem “For My Wife Cutting My Hair” and a 2007 Modern Love column, “Divorce and a Haircut, Two Bits.”
There’s something wonderfully sweet about a wife cutting a husband’s hair, and Bruce Guernsey, who lives in Illinois and Maine, captures it beautifully in this poem. —Ted Kooser

12.) Poetry & Literary Magazines, Reviews, Ezines – 2011

13th Moon
2river view
Abalone Moon
A cappella Zoo
African American Review
Agni (….)

13.) The Painted Word Poetry Series

The Fleming Museum presents a poetry series organized by Major Jackson, Professor, UVM Dept. of English. The Painted Word poetry series highlights established and emergent New England poets whose work represents significant explorations into language, song, and art.

The Painted Word poetry series is a collaboration of the Fleming Museum and the UVM Department of English with support from the James and Mary Brigham Buckman Fund.

See the Poetry Event Calendar  for February and March events in this series.

14.) The Young Fools (Les Ingénus) by Paul Verlaine

High-heels were struggling with a full-length dress
So that, between the wind and the terrain,
At times a shining stocking would be seen,
And gone too soon. We liked that foolishness.

Also, at times a jealous insect’s dart
Bothered out beauties. Suddenly a white
Nape flashed beneath the branches, and this sight
Was a delicate feast for a young fool’s heart.

Evening fell, equivocal, dissembling,
The women who hung dreaming on our arms
Spoke in low voices, words that had such charms
That ever since our stunned soul has been trembling.

From Poetry News in Review

15.) NYC: The Poetry Brothel’s Top Spots for Poets
By Holly GoNightly

The Poetry Brothel, produced by The Poetry Society of New York, is a conceptual group that presents poets as characters—or “high courtesans,” as they say. The Brothel aims to take poetry outside the classroom and lecture hall and “place it in the lush interiors of a bordello.” Made up of a cast of “Whores” who put on innovative events staged to feel like the fin-de-siècle brothels in New Orleans and Paris, this band of poets strives to evoke the avant-garde movements and French Symbolists of the 19th century. The poets act as whores, calling their audience their “Johns” and, as you can imagine, the events are not your Mother’s poetry readings. Their next event isn’t until January 23rd at The Back Room (invite below), but the group has offered up a list of their favorite nightlife places where poets can bide their time until then. Here is the Poetry Brothel’s top places to live the poet’s life: places where poetry is inspired, where poets hang out, or maybe where one can find the ghosts poets past. (….)

16.) Janine Pommy Vega, Restless Poet, Dies at 68
By William Grimes
NY Times, Jan. 2, 2011

Janine Pommy Vega, a poet and intimate of the Beat generation luminaries Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky whose lifelong quest for transcendence took her to San Francisco in the 1960s and on a pilgrimage to neolithic goddess-worship sites in the 1980s, died on Dec. 23 at her home in Willow, N.Y. She was 68. The cause was a heart attack, her companion, Andy Clausen, said.

Ms. Vega’s life course was set when, as a teenager in Union City, N.J., she read Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road.” “All the characters seemed to have an intensity that was missing from my life,” she wrote in her memoir “Tracking the Serpent: Journeys Into Four Continents,” published by City Lights in 1997. (….)

17.) Scotland Stalls on New Poet Laureate

Post remains unfilled three months after first makar’s death and confusion surrounds selection criteria

By Sarah Crown
Guardian, Jan. 2, 2011

Edwin Morgan was Scotland’s greatest living poet and the natural choice in 2004 to become the country’s first makar – its national poet laureate. In fact, the role was created for him.

Finding a successor, though, is proving a little more controversial. More than three months after Morgan’s death, confusion surrounds the post and who should fill it, leaving many in the arts community perplexed.
Prominent poets including Liz Lochhead, Douglas Dunn, Don Paterson, Jackie Kay, John Burnside and Kathleen Jamie have all been linked to the position, with Lochhead and Dunn emerging as early favourites.
But ministers have yet to explain when and how the next makar will be chosen, leading to anxieties about the selection process, said Robyn Marsack, director of the Scottish Poetry Library and chair of the Literature Forum for Scotland. (….)

18.) Free Poetry!

In order to celebrate National Poetry Month (which happens in April), The Poetry Foundation is giving away a limited number of copies of their April 2011 issue of Poetry magazine. If your book club or reading group wants to get their hands on this issue for free, all you have to do is send an online request (only one mailing address per reading group and limit 10, please!). All Poetry asks of YOU is that you provide a short account of your group’s experience. Request by February 20, and your issues will ship in late March.

Emily Wong (GP Book Club)


Relaying recollections of the battlefield (3)
A Chinese poet’s sympathy for mother of a Japanese soldier


In China, during the Second Sino-Japanese War, there was a young man by the name of Chen Hui. He was born in 1920 in Hunan province.

When he was 17, the Japanese and Chinese armies clashed near the Lugou Bridge, aka Marco Polo Bridge, on the outskirts of Beijing. It was the spark that triggered full-scale war.

While participating in the resistance movement against the Japanese in northern China, Chen began to write poems. His poetry collection “Shi yue de ge” (October Songs) was not released until 1958, or 13 years after his death. (…)

20.) Idrisi community ‘lays claim’ to Poet Iqbal, Havildar Abdul Hameed

Lucknow: The caste-ridden Indian society witnessed another fall when the Idrisi community (a Muslim caste group) came up to claim that Urdu poet Allama Iqbal and Param Veer Chakra recipient Havildar Abdul Hameed were member of the Idrisi (tailor) community. A meeting of the community here on Sunday hailed him as community’s role model and demanded patronising their ancient trade of tailoring.

“Beside Veer Abdul Hameed even the poet Allama Iqbal who penned ‘Sare Jahan Sey Achacha Hindustan Hamara’ was also Idrisi. Our community has given birth to many such stalwarts but we are now languishing in penury,” said Mohd Waseem Idrisi, an office-bearer of the newly formed Idrisi Samanvay Samiti (ISS) on Sunday. He puts the strength of his community in UP at around 55 lakh which is mostly engaged in stitching and tailoring work. “The skill has no takers in this present era. People hardly visit the tailor’s shop so the community is finding it hard to earn its livelihood,” he added. (….)

21.) Crossing the Line: Poetry’s E-Book Horizons

By Rachel Mennies

As e-readers proliferate, poetry publishers try to keep poems looking like poems

Since the widespread releases of the Kindle (2007) and iPad (2010), the discussion about e-books has largely focused on prose, if on genre at all.  E-prose is certainly more popular, more widely read and sold, than e-poetry—a reading practice that mirrors our larger reading interests and purchases here in the United States.  When we debate or embrace or disavow the e-book, according to those who make the devices, we’re typically picturing a novel, or a collection of essays, and we can find evidence of this claim by glancing at the text displayed on screen in TV ads for the products (Sedaris for iPad, for example) and the books most prominently advertised on the devices’ homepage stores.  This not only reflects what Americans are reading, but the works that most presses are producing for e-bookstores. (….)


  • Vermont has few multi-media events that include poetry. I find that a shame, as it presents a great way to showcase talents in a new way, with a new voice. 5-6 hours south of here, in Brooklyn, they do it on a regular basis. Here’s an article on this subject. Vermonters from the Middlebury area should find this interesting, with one of their own.

“Paige Ackerson-Kiely sitting down on the steps to the fire escape during a mesmerizing reading of her poems”

Poetry in a Painting Studio: Yardmeter Editions
An interview with Farrah Field, Jared White and Shelton Walsmith
By Ken L. Walker

How long has Yardmeter Editions been going on?
Shelton Walsmith: In April, Yardmeter Editions will be 2 years old.
Farrah Field: We try to have events once a month, but sometimes we just do it when we can. We try to keep it pretty stress free.
Jared White: Yardmeter started up as an event series in Shelton’s beautiful and cozy Gowanus studio. Shelton, poet Mathias Svalina, and a third friend, Jon Pack, started it up. Farrah was actually featured as a reader in the first event, in which Mathias read poems as well and Jon hung his photographs on the large blank dry wall in Shelton’s space. (….)


On WHERE to Read Poetry

Happy, Snappy, Sappy
There’s space in the living room for poetry.

If you were to walk into my living room on some weekend night, that would be creepy. But before I stood up alarmed and demanded to know what you were doing there, you would see me in a big black leather chair that, I’ve been told, is too big for the room. I’d be all dressed up, and reading poetry.

I’ve never had any of the problems with poetry that most people do, i.e., that it’s boring and/or incomprehensible. A voracious reader, I spent my childhood reading things for adults, and learned early to find peace in the stasis of literature. Having read The Rainbow at fourteen (I’d heard D.H. Lawrence was dirty), a Robert Hass poem feels action-packed. And as far as comprehension goes, I find poetry actually has very little mystery compared to anything else. Just this morning at the bus stop, a little electronic sign told me my bus was arriving in two minutes, then one minute, then “arriving,” although the street remained empty. Then it was gone. I’d missed a bus that had never arrived. Not a phrase in The Tennis Court Oath can touch that for sheer befuddlement. (….)


At the Heart of Communities

Well-known poet MEENA KANDASAMY looks at our deeply ambivalent attitudes to poetry, both as words on a page and as public performance…

“Poetry mauls one out of comfort zones into a temporary lucidity and perhaps even transformation… I don’t believe anyone is outside its purview.”
Celebrated British poet and performer Lemn Sissay pinpoints the exact nature of our problematic relationship with poetry: As a society we don’t know where to place poetry: On the one hand, we accuse poetry of being elitist and out of bounds for the masses. On the other, we are rudely dismissive of finding poetry anywhere but on the page. When we see it in advertising, or in Bollywood songs — like Gulzar’s work in “Slumdog Millionaire” — we refuse to even recognise that it is poetry. (….)

25.) POETRY Alive! 2011 Call for Submissions


The Kellogg Hubbard Library will reprise POETRY Alive! for 2011 with a text display and expanded programming for National Poetry Month in Montpelier, VT. This year’s focus is “Vermont Poets: Past, Present, and Future”. If you are a Vermonter who would like to submit your work for consideration, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Deadline: February 1, 2011.
  2. Please send 1-3 poems as MS Word attachments, or in body of email.
  3. Please include in your email your name and city/town of residence.
  4. If you sent poems for the 2010 display, please include different pieces.
  5. Each poem must be no longer than 26 lines.
  6. Please send all work to Rachel Senechal at:

By sending your work to POETRY Alive! 2011 you agree to the following:
POETRY Alive! 2011 may use any poem in the text display, in promotional materials, and associated online, print and other media avenues.

In 2010, POETRY Alive! brought together poems by Vermonters into a walkable anthology of contemporary Vermont poetry in Montpelier, as a celebration of National Poetry Month. This year, we will expand on this and include more readings and other related poetry programming. POETRY Alive! 2011 is supported by The Vermont Humanities Council and is a joint project of The Kellogg Hubbard Library and Montpelier Alive.


Rachel Senechal:
Phayvanh Luekhamhan:

Phayvanh Luekhamhan * P.O. Box 1224 * Montpelier, VT 05601

26.) April 1st Deadline to get your poems to Bloodroot!

Accepting Submissions

Bloodroot Literary Magazine publishes original poetry, short stories and creative nonfiction. Please use the following guidelines when submitting manuscripts.

1.) Manuscripts should be typewritten or computer-printed on white, 8-1/2″ X 11″ paper. Prose should be double-spaced. Poems may be single-spaced. Send three to five poems, ten lines to a maximum of two pages per poem. We consider free verse and sonnets only. We do not accept translations. We accept only literary prose, no genre fiction such as sci-fi, gothic, juvenile fiction, or sexually explicit fiction. Word limit: up to 5,000 words. Please include cover letter, short bio, and a SASE. (….)


To Write a Book, Honor the Urge to Create
Authors Succeed When They Heed Their Inner Voice (Part 1)
By Chris Evans

Publishing fiction or poetry can seem impossible. But writers have one indispensable advantage over the market: the drive to create. They must honor that urge.

Author Greg Bottoms has published four prose books in the past decade. But he says that publishing success is not what keeps him writing.

“I don’t really feel that prolific at all,” says Bottoms, whose most recent book is The Colorful Apocalypse: Journeys in Outsider Art. “I think the feeling of actually writing as a profession is largely one of failure. What I remember are all the things that didn’t work out, mostly.”

However, he adds: “I write a lot. I write for myself. I write out of some need I have to do it. It’s my way of engaging with the world and kind of making sense of it.” (….)


To Write a Book, Rely on Literary Muse
Literature–Poetry, Fiction, Essays–Comes From Writers Finding Voice (Part 2)
By Chris Evans

Struggling writers should read well. But lots of good readers can’t improve their writing-or publish. The solution lies in reading strategically, these authors say

In Seymour: An Introduction, J.D. Salinger writes about Buddy Glass, who comments on writing advice he received from his brother: “If only you’d remember before ever you sit down to write that you’ve been a reader long before you were ever a writer. You simply fix that fact in your mind, then sit very still and ask yourself, as a reader, what piece of writing in all the world Buddy Glass would most want to read if he had his heart’s choice. The next step is terrible, but so simple I can hardly believe it as I write it. You just sit down shamelessly and write the thing yourself.” (….)


To Write a Book, Trust Heritage and Voice
Authors Publishing in English Can Write in Any Language (Part 3)
By Chris Evans

Writing a book in North America is tough enough, but it can seem especially daunting when a writer’s first language is not standard English. These writers say: Push on!

When Angela Patten, the Ireland-born author of the poetry collections Still Listening and Reliquaries, came to live near the Canadian-U.S. border as a young woman, she found herself wanting to hide her Irish brogue.
A writing teacher, she says, showed Patten that she should cherish, not avoid, her heritage.

“It was only during that time that I took a creative writing course that the teacher, who is a very good friend of mine still, made me feel as though I had something to say,” Patten says. “She was the first person who made me feel that my background was rich, and that I had something different to say, something unique.

“That was a turning point for me.” (….)


  • I received this nice letter from Charles Flowers, Editor of Fishouse, in response to any of you who may have made a donation to help support their cause. I want to personally thank any of you who have helped make Fishouse continue their support of poets everywhere. ~ Ron

December 28, 2010

Dear Ronald,

When I wrote to subscribers at this time last year, asking for support for From the Fishouse, the response was incredible – we raised $4,200 in just two weeks. That infusion of cash provided nearly 1/3 of our annual budget, and we were, and remain, very grateful.

As one close to poetry, you know how cool the Fishouse website is, how needed it is in classrooms, and how emerging poets need the support and exposure the site provides all year long.

In 2010 we added over 200 audio files from dozens of new poets to the site, hosted six live readings – including a packed and rocking event at AWP in Denver – and saw the Fishouse anthology adopted in poetry classrooms around the country and head toward its second printing.

One of the best things we did was meet, as the board of directors, for a strategic planning session in Maine in the middle of January (talk about dedication!).We fleshed out some immediate goals, some mid-range goals, and some very ambitious dream goals for the next 5 years.

The overall goal is growth – we want to add tons of poets, we want to add more international poets – and our primary obstacle to growth is time – time to process recordings, time to organize readings, time to rebuild our website – and the key to more time is more money.

We have set two major goals for 2011:

1.) To rebuild the website, which, despite its great wealth of resources, is falling behind technologically;

2.) To hire a part-time worker to free up our talented director’s time to curate and expand the rich library of poets and poetry we are building.

And we have a special opportunity for you to help us reach those goals: a donor with a true passion not only for poetry, but for From the Fishouse, has offered to match whatever we raise between December 26 and January 15 – dollar for dollar – up to $5,000.
This means that your $20 automatically becomes $40; your $50 becomes $100, and so on. Any gift of any size can make a difference. Honestly.

If we can reach the match, we will raise $10,000 and enter 2011 with incredible momentum to accomplish two major parts of our mission: creating more exposure for emerging poets, and introducing more amazing poetry to classrooms across the country.

If you don’t have any capacity for a gift this year – and some of us probably won’t – you might know folks who do. So if you have a Facebook page or a website, please send a note to your friends and family reminding them about the site, and ask them to support it.

Last year, I encouraged you to tell your family, “Keep the sweater; write a check for Fishouse!” And many did. So I repeat my wish: tell your loved ones to give the gift of diverse and dynamic poetry to all of us. Their gifts, too, will be doubled, and that will feel good.

Like other small literary nonprofits, we make the biggest splash we can with our very modest boat.Help us build a bigger boat in 2011 with a gift by January 5!

You can make a secure online donation here through PayPal, or you can send a check to:

From the Fishouse
87 Stage Road
Pittston, Maine 04345

Thank you for listening, and here’s to a creative & abundant 2011 – for you, for me, for From the Fishouse!

Best wishes,

Charles Flowers

31.) Book Review:

Mean Free Path
by Ben Lerner
Copper Canyon Press 2010
Reviewed by Ken L. Walker

“All these words look the same to me”

The “mean free path” Wikipedia page is a boringly fascinating, prosaically interesting piece of internet writing on something that is almost unintelligible because of its many percentages, graphs and physical formulas. One might need a translator. Then, there are appealing statements like this:  “A classic application of a mean free path is to estimate the size of atoms or molecules.” Oh, right. We have to estimate the size of those things we cannot see. Science remains abstract. Basically, the distance a thing travels prior to colliding with another thing is its “mean free path,” or is its love or is its significance, or is its coincidence. (….)


Great Poetry Links: Riding the Meridian

A web site full of literary links recommended by the contributors and editors from Women and Technology. There’s a lot of crazy stuff here, but mostly literary and lost in the couch of web stuffing, enough so that I thought you’d enjoy the exploration.


“A poem is never finished, only abandoned.”

~ Paul Valéry

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  • Linebreak is an online journal with a bias for good poetry. Here is a poem from their web site this week:

First Memory
By Ani Gjika

I used to love dirt. I’d dig first, then bury ­­-
candy wrappers, colored rags, pens ­­-

things I could unearth again. One day,
a woman’s voice stopped me, her cry:

come out, come out now, but I couldn’t see her. (….)

35.) Copper Canyon Press

  • Here’s a poem from Copper Canyon Press, in its “Reading Room”.

By James Galvin

Tonight the rain can’t stand up straight, but once,
Watching over my shoulder the ten wheeling suns
Of the double siderake rolling newmown hay
Over and over and over and over
Into the windrow like a thick green rope,
I was nothing
But a window sailing through the night (….)


American Life in Poetry: Column 300

This is our 300th column, and we thank you for continuing to support us. I realized a while back that there have been over 850 moons that have gone through their phases since I arrived on the earth, and I haven’t taken the time to look at nearly enough of them. Here Molly Fisk, a California poet, gives us one of those many moons that you and I may have failed to observe.

Hunter’s Moon

Early December, dusk, and the sky
slips down the rungs of its blue ladder
into indigo. A late-quarter moon hangs
in the air above the ridge like a broken plate (….)

37.) 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.

Joseph Auslander 1937-41
Allen Tate 1943-44
Robert Penn Warren 1944-45
Louise Bogan 1945-46
Karl Shapiro 1946-47
Robert Lowell 1947-48
Leonie Adams 1948-49
Elizabeth Bishop 1949-50
Conrad Aiken 1950-52 (First to serve two terms)
William Carlos WilliamsAppointed to serve two terms in 1952 but did not serve — for more on this & other Laureate controversies see the history in Jacket magazine.
Randall Jarrell 1957-58
Robert Frost 1958-59
Richard Eberhart 1959-61
Louis Untermeyer 1961-63
Howard Nemerov 1963-64
Reed Whittemore 1964-65
Stephen Spender 1965-66
James Dickey 1966-68
William Jay Smith 1968-70
William Stafford 1970-71
Josephine Jacobsen 1971-73
Daniel Hoffman 1973-74
Stanley Kunitz 1974-76
Robert Hayden 1976-78
William Meredith 1978-80
Maxine Kumin 1981-82
Anthony Hecht 1982-84
Robert Fitzgerald 1984-85 Appointed and served in a health-limited capacity, but did not come to the Library of Congress
Reed Whittemore 1984-85 Interim Consultant in Poetry
Gwendolyn Brooks 1985-86
Robert Penn Warren 1986-87 First to be designated Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry
Richard Wilbur 1987-88
Howard Nemerov 1988-90
Mark Strand 1990-91
Joseph Brodsky 1991-92
Mona Van Duyn 1992-93
Rita Dove 1993-95
Robert Hass 1995-97
Robert Pinsky 1997-2000
Stanley Kunitz 2000-2001
Billy Collins 2001-2003
Louise Glück 2003-2004
Ted Kooser 2004-2006
Donald Hall 2006-2007
Charles Simic 2007-2008
Kay Ryan 2008-2010
M.S. Merwin 2010-Present


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.”


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)


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


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

42.) 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


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

If you have any further questions, you can contact Heidi at:

T: 802-862-9616

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

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
(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


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,

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 or 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.

12) Hunger Mountain

Hunger Mountain is both a print and online journal of the arts. We publish fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art, young adult and children’s writing, writing for stage and screen, interviews, reviews, and craft essays. Our print issue comes out annually in the fall, and our online content changes on a regular basis. (….)

Hunger Mountain SubscriptionsVermont College of Fine Arts
36 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

Subscription Prices
One Year $12.00
Two Year $22.00
Four Year $40.00 (Save $8!)
Back issues $8.00

13) The Onion River Review

The Onion River Review is a literary journal whose annual edition features poetry, prose, and visual arts. The Onion River Review is edited by the students of Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, and is committed to publishing work from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the greater community.

The Onion River ReviewWilliam Marquess, Advisor
One Winooski Park #171
Colchester, VT 05439

14) Route Seven – The St. Albans Literary Guild Magazine

The first issue of the Saint Albans Literary Guild’s magazine, Route Seven: A Vermont Literary Journal, is a 56-page publication featuring new and established writers and artists with an emphasis on Northwestern Vermont writers. Strong literary and non-fiction voices from other regions are also featured and are encouraged to submit to future issues.

ST. ALBANS: The Saint Albans Literary Guild is proud to announce the release of the premiere issue of Route 7, a new Vermont literary journal, on Sat., Feb. 20, at the STAART Gallery in St. Albans. The event will feature readings from contributing authors, as well as hors d’oeuvres and beverages.
Route 7 is a 56-page magazine featuring fiction, non-fiction, humor, poetry, and artwork. The first issue includes a wide range of moods, from the introspective and idyllic to the offbeat and humorous. The more than 20 contributors included hail from Franklin County, and across Vermont and New Hampshire. The magazine aims to highlight creative voices from across the region. (….)



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.


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.



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. (….)



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 or

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 For more information about the Media Mentoring Project, visit or call 246-6397. You can also write to Vermont Independent Media at P.O. Box 1212, Brattleboro, VT 05302.


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: or 454-8026.


The Cherry Lane Poets are a small group (7-8) of poets that meet on the first Thursday of every month. The membership has been kept to a minimum so that poets will have all the time they need during critiques. Each poet has been or is a member of another poetry critiquing group, so the information passed to each other is more professional than that of most poetry groups. The primary goal of this group is to polish their work, get it submitted, and have it published. Each member brings a new poem with them, with enough copies to pass around, and reads it aloud to the group; it gets critiqued by each member during the following month, and those critiques are presented at the next meeting. Regina Brault is the contact person, (802) 860-1018; membership is by invitation only.

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.


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.

JOHNSON: Vermont Studio Center

Founded by artists in 1984, the Vermont Studio Center is the largest international artists’ and writers’ Residency Program in the United States, hosting 50 visual artists and writers each month from across the country and around the world.

The Vermont Studio Center offers four-to-twelve-week studio residencies year-round to 600 painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, and writers (50 residents per month). VSC’s 30-building campus is set on the banks of the Gihon River in rural Johnson, Vermont, a town of 3,000 located in the heart of the northern Green Mountains. Each Studio Center residency features undistracted working time, the companionship of fifty artists and writers from across the country and around the world, and access to a roster of prominent Visiting Artists and Writers. All residencies include comfortable housing, private studio space, and excellent food. Two Visiting Writers per month are in residence for one week each to offer readings, a craft talk, and optional conferences with each of the 10-14 writers in residence each month.


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.

MONTPELIER: Vermont College of Fine Arts

Established in 1981, the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Program was one of the first low-residency programs in the country. The Atlantic named it one of the top five low-residency programs nationwide. At each MFA in Writing residency, a renowned poetry or prose writer joins the program for a substantial portion of the residency. The author gives a reading and/or talk, meets with numerous students individually, and is available in many informal ways throughout the residency to interact with students. The College publishes Hunger Mountain: the VCFA Journal of the Arts and writers may choose to attend a summer residency in Slovenia, in lieu of Vermont.


This town is the home of Leonard Gibbs and his Dead Creek Poets Society. Leonard Gibbs is a member of the Otter Creek Poets and Poetry Society of Vermont, is the Magister Ludi of The Dead Creek Poets’ Society. Leonard invites visitors to his web site,, and subsequent comments for discussion; send him some of your poetry for free critiques! He’s really very good. Leonard’s email address is: Interesting responses to items Leonard has posed on his site, may end up on the site itself.


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


The Saint Albans Literary Guild organizes author readings, classes on writing and literature, and other book related events.  The Guild is sponsoring a new literary magazine featuring local writers.  Finally, it promotes Vermont authors, book groups, writing groups, and literary events held in Franklin County and northwestern Vermont. Contact us for more information or join the Guild to become involved with literary endeavors in your area.

The first issue of the Saint Albans Literary Guild’s magazine, Route Seven: A Vermont Literary Journal, is a 56-page publication featuring new and established writers and artists with an emphasis on Northwestern Vermont writers. Strong literary and non-fiction voices from other regions are also featured and are encouraged to submit to future issues.

Contact them through their web site or through Jay Fleury, Guild President.


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.


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


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


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. 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!




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.


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…




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…


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 or contact Sarah Bartlett at either 899-3772 or


The Saint Albans Literary Guild organizes author readings, classes on writing and literature, and other book related events. The Guild is sponsoring a new literary magazine featuring local writers. Finally, it promotes Vermont authors, book groups, writing groups, and literary events held in Franklin County and northwestern Vermont. Contact us for more information or join the Guild to become involved with literary endeavors in your area.

The first issue of the Saint Albans Literary Guild’s magazine, Route Seven: A Vermont Literary Journal, is a 56-page publication featuring new and established writers and artists with an emphasis on Northwestern Vermont writers. Strong literary and non-fiction voices from other regions are also featured and are encouraged to submit to future issues.

Contact them through their web site at: or through Jay Fleury, Guild President.


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.


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. 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!

  • The Writer’s Center” has a new Facebook Page that we’re now using to spread the word about workshops, offer writing tips, share publishing news, etc. If you haven’t already, be a part of the page by following the link below and clicking “like”. Write on!



The League of Vermont Writers.

The 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.



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, but there is usually additional information that is typed here that would be cumbersome to place on  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.

Wed, Feb 2: Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street, Rutland, 7:00p.m.. Poetry of the Earth: Re-imagining Nature. New Hampshire Poet Laureate and Dartmouth professor Cynthia Huntington examines poetry’s changing language of nature and spirit in contemporary times, referencing the work of Mary Oliver, Jane Kenyon, and Mark Doty. A program of the Vermont Humanities Council. Info,, 262-2626, or 773-1860 (library).Fri, Feb 4: Champlain Mill, Winooski, 7:00 p.m.. Poetry Slam. All Ages. Sponsored by the VT Young Writers Project.

Sat, Feb 19: Ilsley Public Library, Main Street, Middlebury, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.. David Weinstock of the Otter Creek Poets will lead a discussion on finding an agent. Guest Literary Agent Jan Carter will be in attendance.

Wed, Feb 23: Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont, 61 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.. The Painted Word Poetry Series. The Fleming Museum presents a poetry series organized by Major Jackson, Professor, UVM Dept. of English. April Ossman and Patricia Spears Jones will be reading. The Painted Word poetry series highlights established and emergent New England poets whose work represents significant explorations into language, song, and art. The Painted Word poetry series is a collaboration of the Fleming Museum and the UVM Department of English with support from the James and Mary Brigham Buckman Fund.

Tue, Mar 1: Ragle Hall, Serkin Center for the Performing Arts, Marlboro College, 7:00 p.m.. Poet Wyn Cooper. Cooper reads from his fourth book of poetry, published in 2010 by BOA Editions. (Copies will be available for sale.) Chaos is the New Calm expands the parameters of the sonnet form, putting rhymes in unusual places, inventing new stanza structures, and addressing a variety of subject matter ranging from travelogue to inner monologue, from social commentary to solitary musing. These poems are alive with sound, rhythm, and lyric insights into the world. Wyn Cooper is the co-organizer of the Brattleboro Literary Festival and a consultant for the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute.

Wed, Mar 2: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, 7:00p.m.. The Soul Selects Her Own Society: The Life and Work of Emily Dickinson. Reclusive poet Emily Dickinson published only a fraction of her poetry during her lifetime. Dartmouth professor Colleen Boggs looks at Dickinson’s life and how we should consider her writings in our highly public modern age. A program of the Vermont Humanities Council. Info,, 262-2626, or 223-3338 (library).

Wed, Mar 30: Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont, 61 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.. The Painted Word Poetry Series. The Fleming Museum presents a poetry series organized by Major Jackson, Professor, UVM Dept. of English. Todd Hearon and Maggie Dietz will be reading. The Painted Word poetry series highlights established and emergent New England poets whose work represents significant explorations into language, song, and art. The Painted Word poetry series is a collaboration of the Fleming Museum and the UVM Department of English with support from the James and Mary Brigham Buckman Fund.

Thu, Mar 31: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m.. Rosanna Warren. Rosanna Warren is the author of one chapbook of poems (Snow Day, Palaemon Press, 1981), and three collections of poems: Each Leaf Shines Separate (Norton, 1984), Stained Glass (Norton, 1993), and Departure (Norton, 2003). Her new book of poems, Ghost in a Red Hat, is due out from Norton in 2011. Fables of the Self: Studies in Lyric Poetry, a book of literary criticism, appeared from Norton in 2008. She edited and contributed to The Art of Translation: Voices From the Field (Northeastern, 1989), and has edited three chapbooks of poetry by prisoners.She has won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, ACLS, The Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Lila Wallace Readers’ Digest Fund, among others. Stained Glass won the Lamont Poetry Award from the Academy of American Poets. She has won the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Lavan Younger Poets’ Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and the Award of Merit in Poetry from The American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2004. She was a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1999 – 2005. You can view some of her published books on the Norton website.

Wed, Apr 6: Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street, Burlington, 7:00p.m.. They Still Do Write Them The Way They Used To. Refuting the notion that modern poetry is formless and self-absorbed, poet Michael Palma considers contemporary poets who use rhyme, meter, and figurative language to explore timeless, universal themes. A program of the Vermont Humanities Council. Info,, 262-2626, or 865-7211 (library).

Wed, Apr 6: Norwich Public Library, 368 Main Street, Norwich, 7:00p.m.. Poems of Faith and Doubt. Dartmouth professor Peter Saccio discusses belief and disbelief and issues of moral choice and divine grace as they appear in one poem each by Wallace Stevens, Philip Larkin, W.H. Auden, and George Herbert. A program of the Vermont Humanities Council. Info,, 262-2626, or 388-4095 (library).

Wed, Apr 6: Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main Street, Middlebury, 7:00p.m.. An Evening of Latin American Poetry. Amherst College professor Ilan Stavans reads poems by Ruben Dario, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, and others – parts of a tradition in which words are mechanisms of resistance against oppression. A program of the Vermont Humanities Council. Info,, 262-2626, or 649-1184 (library).

Mon, Apr 18: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m.. Stephen Dunn. Stephen Dunn is the author of sixteen collections of poetry, including Here and Now, which will be published by Norton in May, 2011. His Different Hours was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2001. Among his many other awards are The Paterson Prize for Sustained Literary Achievement, an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, but spends most of his time these days in Frostburg, Maryland, with his wife, the writer Barbara Hurd.

Wed, May 4: Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street, Burlington, 7:00 p.m.. The Passages of Herman Melville. College professor Jay Parini reflects on Melville’s various voyages and how each led to a particular book or series of books.. A program of the Vermont Humanities Council. Info,, 262-2626, or 865-7211 (library).

Thu, May 12: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m.. David Ferry. David Ferry is Sophie Chantal Hart Professor of English, Emeritus, Wellesley College; Visiting Lecturer, Graduate Creative Writing Program, Boston University. His most recent book of poems is Of No Country I Know: New and Selected Poems (University of Chicago Press, 1999). His translations are (all of them published by Farrar Straus and Giroux): Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse (1992), The Odes of Horace (1997), The Eclogues of Virgil (1999), The Epistles of Horace (2001), The Georgics of Virgil (2005). Currently, he is completing a new set of collected poems and is translating The Aeneid of Virgil. Of No Country I Know received the Lenmore Marshall Prize, Academy of American Poets, and the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, Library of Congress. For The Epistles of Horace, Ferry was awarded the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Honorary Fellow, Academy of American Poets, and has received an Academy Award for Literature, American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has received an honorary degree, D.Litt, from Amherst College.

Mon, May 30: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m.. Jane Hirshfield. Jane Hirshfield is the author six poetry collections, most recently After (HarperCollins), named a best book of 2006 by The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, and England’s Financial Times. Other honors include major fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations. Her seventh poetry collection will be published by Knopf in August, 2011. Hirshfield is also the author of a now-classic collection of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry and three equally classic books collecting the work of women poets of the past. Her work appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, the TLS, The New Republic, Poetry, and five editions of The Best American Poems. For more information on Jane Hirshfield, visit Barclay Agency’s website.

Thu, Jun 9: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m.. Natasha Trethewey. Natasha Trethewey is author of Native Guard (Houghton Mifflin), for which she won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize; Bellocq’s Ophelia (Graywolf, 2002) which was named a Notable Book for 2003 by the American Library Association; and Domestic Work (Graywolf, 2000). She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. Her poems have appeared in such journals and anthologies as American Poetry Review, Callaloo, Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, New England Review, Gettysburg Review, and several volumes of Best American Poetry. At Emory University she is Professor of English and holds the Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry.

Mon, Jun 27: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m.. Ray Gonzalez. Ray Gonzalez is the author of twelve books of poetry including Faith Run (University of Arizona Press, 2009), Cool Auditor: Prose Poems (BOA Editions, 2009) The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande (2003 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry), and Consideration of the Guitar: New and Selected Poems (2005). Turtle Pictures (Arizona, 2000) received the 2001 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry. His poetry has appeared in the 1999, 2000, and 2003 editions of The Best American Poetry. He is Director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Mon, July 25: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m.. Marie Howe. Marie Howe is the author of three volumes of poetry, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (2008); The Good Thief (1998); and What the Living Do (1997), and is the co-editor of a book of essays, In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic (1994). Stanley Kunitz selected Howe for a Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the American Academy of Poets. She has, in addition, been a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and a recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Agni, Ploughsahres, Harvard Review, and The Partisan Review, among others. Currently, Howe teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia, and New York University.

Mon, Aug 22: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m.. Tim Seibles. Tim Seibles is the author of several poetry collections including, Hurdy-Gurdy, Hammerlock, and Buffalo Head Solos. He was the poet-in-residence at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania for the spring semester of 2010. Most recently, his poems were featured in the Cortland Review and Ploughshares. His work was also published in the newly released anthologies, Black Nature and Seriously Funny. His next collection, Fast Animal, will be released from Cleveland State University Press in spring 2011. He lives in Virginia where he teaches writing at Old Dominion University. He is also visiting faculty for the Stonecoast MFA program in Maine.

Thu, Sep 29: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m.. Patrizia Cavalli. Patrizia Cavalli was born in Todi, Umbria, and lives in Rome. Since 1974, she has published five volumes of poetry with Einaudi, including Sempre aperto teatro, 1999 (Theatre Always Open) which won the prestigious Premio Viareggio Repaci and Pigre divinità e pigra sorte, 2006 (Lazy Gods and Lazy Fate) for which she received the Premio Internazionale Pasolini. Bilingual editions of her poems have been published in France, Canada, Mexico, and Germany. She has contributed to numerous magazines and reviews, including Poetry and The New Yorker. Describing her work in The Vintage Book of Contemporary World Verse (1996), J.D. McClatchy observed “her style is hard-bitten, on the edge. The circumstances of a poem, although private, are never merely personal, they reach out to larger, more abiding and vulnerable realities.” Giorgio Agamben has characterized her verses as “a prosody…expressed in the most fluent, seamless, and colloquial language of 20th century Italian poetry.” Cavalli also has translated Moliere’s Amphytrion, Wilde’s Salome, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Othello.

Mon, Oct 17: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m.. D. A. Powell. D. A. Powell is the author of Tea, Lunch and Cocktails. His most recent collection, Chronic, was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle and the National Book Critics Circle Awards. Along with David Trinidad and a cast of hundreds, he is the co-author of By Myself: An Autobiography (Turtle Point, 2009). Powell’s honors have included fellowships from the Millay Colony, the National Endowment for the Arts and the James Michener Foundation, as well as a Pushcart Prize, the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America and an Academy of American Poets Prize. In 2010, he received the Kingsley Tufts Prize from Claremont University. D. A. Powell’s work appears in numerous anthologies, including Norton’s American Hybrids, Legitimate Dangers: Poets of the New Century and Best American Poetry 1998. His recent poems appear in Kenyon Review, Quarterly West, American Poetry Review, New England Review and Virginia Quarterly Review. Powell has taught at Columbia University, the University of Iowa’s Iowa Writers’ Workshop and New England College. A former Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Poetry at Harvard University, he now teaches full-time in the English Department at University of San Francisco.

Mon, Dec 12: Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl Street, Johnson, 8:00 p.m.. Cyrus Cassells. Cyrus Cassells is the author of four acclaimed books of poetry: The Mud Actor, Soul Make a Path through Shouting, Beautiful Signor, and More Than Peace and Cypresses. His fifth book, The Crossed-Out Swastika, and a translation manuscript, Still Life with Children: Selected Poems of Francesc Parcerisas, are forthcoming. Among his honors are a Lannan Literary Award, a William Carlos Williams Award, a Pushcart Prize, two NEA grants, and a Lambda Literary Award. He is a tenured Professor of English at Texas State University-San Marcos and has served on the faculty of Cave Canem, the African American Poets Workshop. He divides his time between Austin, New York City, and Paris, and works on occasion in Barcelona as a translator of Catalan poetry.

  • 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

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

5 responses

    • Hi Asim, I took a look. I’m just not who you want for a reader. You need to find someone who is going to be sympathetic with that style of poetry and that’s not me. Sorry.


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