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Tonight’s final PoemCity reading at Down Home Kitchen starts at 6:30pm and not 7pm. Poet-lovers who will be enjoying a delicious supper of soup, salad, bread and dessert (all for $20) will be seated at the tables. You don’t have to buy food to come to this reading. If you want a drink you can sit at the counter/bar and there will be space in the window area near the cash register to sit and enjoy the poets. We would like to have supper served before adding chairs for those who are not eating. Thank you and see you tonight!
Let’s celebrate Earth Day with a poetry reading and tea party at Down Home Kitchen. The doors open at 4 pm today. People buying tickets get in first. Home-made deliciousness!
We have quite a line-up of programs for your to enjoy this year. We’re thrilled with the variety and poetic expertise. Check out the programs.
For eight years, the Kellogg-Hubbard Library has been the main force in bringing PoemCity to life every April. Hundreds of poems by Vermonters grace the windows downtown and almost every day of the month there is a poetry-focused event to attend. What a gift! KHL’s Program and Development Coordinator, Rachel Senechal, is the powerhouse behind it all with a lot of help from volunteers, library staff, and local partners. Let the library, National Life Group, Vermont Humanities Council, Hunger Mountain Coop, and the Vermont College of Fine Arts, as well as all the local businesses who host poems and programs know how much you enjoy PoemCity. Happy National Poetry Month!
We all went home aglow from an evening of fellowship, nourishment, and inspiration. A big thank you to Carla Occaso and the Bridge for hosting a wonderful PoemCity workshop on Wednesday, April 26, with the one-and-only Reuben Jackson. We listened to music, ate sandwiches, and shared our “variations on a theme.” We began the evening with gratitude for the month-long poetry programming of PoemCity and ended deeply grateful for the chance to be in a room with others who, as Jackson says, “have fallen in love with language.” Thank you to Reuben Jackson and all who attended and gave us “a vacation for our ears.”
Here’s the poem I wrote in response to “Morgan’s Motion” with Cecil Taylor on piano and Tony Williams on drums.
by Michelle Singer
All I can think of
Are poems already written
Words already better said
Cooler and on fleek
A middle-aged mom
“I just hope this trip
And, “Must you
repeat that sound?”
PoemCity loves to pair up with local businesses and organizations. The Vermont Humanities Council, Hunger Mountain Coop, National Life Group, and VCFA have been important partners to PoemCity and we appreciate their support and collaboration. It takes a village to celebrate poetry right!
April 29: Join Slam Master Geof Hewitt at the Center for Arts and Learning for an evening of poetry performed by participants age 8 and above, including adults. This is a traditional slam with original writing only and a 3-minute time limit. Participants should be prepared with two pieces of writing. Look forward to a spirited, fun competition!
5 pm | River Rock School, North Group classroom, Center for Arts and Learning, 46 Barre Street
April 28: Vermont is rich with natural beauty. Learn how to turn environmental images into meaningful poems that accurately reflect the natural world. Each participant will leave the workshop with the first draft of a poem.
Limit 12 participants. Pre-registration required by calling the library at 802-223-3338.
1–4 pm | Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street