Poetry Peripatetics: Let’s Walk St. Johnsbury

Wondering what to do this weekend? Poems are up! Stroll around town and check them out!

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Poetry Slam with Geof Hewitt at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

On April 16th, at 7:00 PM, Geof Hewitt will be hosting a poetry slam at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum!

Are you curious what a poetry slam looks like? Check out this YouTube video to get an idea:

St. Johnsbury Academy Students participate in Exploration in 17 Syllables

21234_336447056563540_5572970694022344921_nBeth Kanell lead Exploration in 17 Syllables, a creative writing workshop for St. Johnsbury Academy students focused on crafting a Twitter haiku, also known as a “Twaiku.” The workshop, held at St. Johnsbury’s Cafe at Gatto Nero, filled an hour of creative enjoyment, as the St. Johnsbury Academy “Writer’s Block” group wrote their “Twaiku,” and posted some of the poems on social media. One student, tired of writing is-spring-arriving-yet poems, suggested they write about the return of heat and sunburn instead. Another idea? Use a new-to-you five-syllable word for the first line of your Twaiku .

If you’re on Twitter, look for these poems with hashtag #vtpoem, or check the related blog later this week: http://vermont-twitter-poems.blogspot.com.

Poetry Readings at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum will host lunchtime (noon-1PM) Poetry Readings every Wednesday in the month of April.

The first one, which was on April 1st, featured Louise Rader, a local poet and participant in the Poetry on Display Event. She read some older poems and some prose poems that are in the form of a very long sentence. On the page, the long poems could be considered one long stanza.

After Louise read, the group sat silently for a minute to keep themselves in the moment and to really feel the affect of her poetry.

Bob Joly, the director of the Athenaeum, followed Louise and began by talking about what a poetry reading meant to him. He explained that “In a reading one has to stay, as much as possible, in the moment and not linger even on the wonderful phrases, lest one miss he following lines and the meaning of the poem.” To him, a poetry reading is a bit like a chamber music concert, “one has to stay in the moment and not hang on a beautiful passage and miss what follows.”

Bob also read from a new and selected works by poet Edward Hirsch, and Shara McCaffrey read from Ursula LeGuin’s poetry.  The attendees were very pleased with the reading.

Subsequent lunchtime readings will welcome other PoemTown participants, Northeast Storytellers and other local poets and those interested in sharing their favorite poems.The readings are part of PoemTown St. Johnsbury, a town wide celebration hosted by Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce.

Anyone wishing to participate, please contact Shara McCaffrey at 802-748-8291 or smccaffrey@stjathenaeum.org