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Colrain poet Anne Yeomans will read from her new chapbook, "People Die But Not Your Brother," at Boswell's Books in Shelburne Falls, Thursday, February 11, 6:30 p.m. For the Recorder/Trish Crapo

Poets of Franklin County: Anne Yeomans

Friday, February 5, 2016

About midway through Colrain poet Anne Yeomans’ small chapbook, “People Die, But Not Your Brother,” there’s an unassuming poem called “The Third Day.” The moment described is simple, almost mundane: a woman sitting down to breakfast. And the language is simple, too. The first four lines give us: “dark tea,” “bright blue pot,” “two fresh eggs.” Any or all of us might have had this breakfast. But Yeomans keeps her focus so precise and her frame of mind so open that the following four lines thicken — beginning with that “piece of thick rye toast” — and begin to glisten, like the “honey gathered yesterday … 0

Books to inspire both runners and non-runners

Friday, February 5, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: “Route 1 Rendezvous” (CreateSpace, 204 pages, $10) and “Running with Asthma” (CreateSpace, 114 pages, $10), both by John Terry McConnell I have never thought much about either asthma or running, since I haven’t had a relationship with either, but John Terry McConnell’s two new books make them both personal to any … 0

Call for entries: 25th Annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest

Friday, February 5, 2016

Don’t forget to enter the 25th Annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest! Franklin County poets may submit up to three previously unpublished poems to this contest, sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library. There are three categories: Adult; Youth ages 12–14; and Youth ages 15–18. Entries must be postmarked by March 7. First prize adult winner gets to keep the Mission-style Poet’s … 0

La Bohème & Frankenstein at Academy

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

From the dark recesses of Victor Frankenstein’s laboratory, to the streets of Paris in the 1840s — and with a quick nod to the macabre imagination of Edgar Allan Poe — Northampton’s Academy of Music plays host this … 0

Sounds Local: It's January - time to find the music

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

As we approach the end of January, chances are that you are starting to experience a case of the winter doldrums. Here at Sounds Local we know that music is a great way to combat this feeling, so … 0

Ted Kooser: American Life in Poetry #565

Friday, January 22, 2016

This column is more than ten years old and I’ve finally gotten around to trying a little origami! Here’s a poem about that, and about a good deal more than that, by Vanessa Stauffer, who teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Lessons To crease a sheet … 0

Tinky Weisblat: ‘The Evening Spider’ is a gripping read

Friday, January 22, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: “The Evening Spider” by Emily Arsenault (William Morrow, 400 pages, $15.99) I am not a fan of supernatural tales — but I lived a cliché last week by finding myself unable to put “The Evening Spider” … 0

Lit Bits: Literary events in the area

Friday, January 22, 2016

Sandra Hutchison: “The Ribs and Thigh Bones of Desire” Saturday, Jan. 23 1:30 to 3 p.m. World Eye Bookshop, 156 Main St., Greenfield. Hutchison will read from her second novel a story about a man and a girl who help each other survive terrible traumas, and grow up. … 0

Trish Crapo: Mahar Regional High School students memorize poetry for contest

Friday, January 22, 2016

“It’s hard. It’s not easy,” says Levi Baruc, a junior at Mahar Regional High School in Orange. “It’s definitely nerve-wracking,” Alivia Liberty, a freshman, agrees. “It’s actually one of my biggest sources of anxiety,” says Naomi Cope, a … 0

Sawmill River Arts 6x6

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sun streams through the windows of Sawmill River Arts, a member-run gallery out at the Montague Bookmill, bathing the myriad paintings, prints, textiles, jewelry, sculpture, pottery and other artwork in pale winter light. A veritable toy store for … 0

Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Jan. 21 - 27

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Thursday 21 Libraries CARNEGIE LIBRARY, Avenue A, Turners Falls: Music and Movement with Tom Carroll and Laurie Davidson. 10 a.m. Thursdays through February. For more information call 863-3214. GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ■ Writers’ Lunch, noon to 2 p.m. The library’s meeting room will be … 0

Club Listings: Jan. 21 - 27

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Clubs Thursday 21 BETWEEN THE UPRIGHTS, 23 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Bud Light Ski Pass Promo Night. Win passes to Wachusett Mountain and get entered to win a Turbo Bud Light Sled with each Bud Light purchase. Drawing … 0

Exhibits: Jan. 21 - 27

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Editor’s note: These listings, which focus on local galleries and artists, are free. Email them to features@recorder.com. The deadline is the Thursday before publication, by 8 a.m. Photographs of the art being exhibited” are always welcome and will be happily run, space permitting. Opening receptions, etc. ARTSPACE GALLERY, … 0