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Poets of Franklin County

Poets of Franklin County: Carol Potter

Friday, May 15, 2015

Abecedarium: an inscription that uses the letters of the alphabet in order. Board books you might have read as a child or read to your children, designed to teach the letters of the alphabet, are one example. Carol Potter, a Vermont poet with decades-long roots in the Pioneer Valley, used the structure to create a series of 26 poems in her new book, “Some Slow Bees,” winner of the Oberlin College Press FIELD Poetry Prize. During a difficult time of emotional endings and transitions, Potter found that working with the abecedarian form kept her from writing the angry or complaining poems that such times often … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Paula Sayword

Friday, May 8, 2015

Leyden poet Paula Sayword’s new full-length collection, “Canticle of Light and Dark,” published by the Synthesis Center Press of Amherst, can be read as a series of prayers for our world and the people in it. In the Catholic Church, a canticle is a hymn or song of praise based on a biblical … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Paul Richmond, "You Might Need a Bigger Hammer."

Friday, April 24, 2015

If you don’t know Wendell poet and spoken word artist Paul Richmond yet, chances are you soon will. He’s that long-haired guy with the wild laugh who tirelessly organizes poetry and spoken word events all over the valley … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Sequoia LeBreux

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sequoia LeBreux admits she has long been obsessed with the story of Peter Pan. The Mohawk junior says she read the book, written by Scottish novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie, when she was younger, “And I loved the … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Jay Goldspinner

Friday, April 10, 2015

Every day. Greenfield poet and storyteller Jay Goldspinner takes a walk around her neighborhood. “And it’s always the same places,” Goldspinner says. She names the streets on her route with obvious fondness, “Down Chapman, across Walnut, up Davis … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Jim Culleny

Friday, April 3, 2015

Back in the mid-1970s, when Shelburne Falls poet and carpenter Jim Culleny was working as a counselor at the Turners Falls Youth Center, he often went into the Shady Glen Diner for coffee or lunch. He usually had … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Nick Fleck

Friday, February 6, 2015

Northfield poet Nick Fleck walks in the woods a lot, both here in Franklin County and in untamed areas around Moosehead Lake in Maine. His poem “Yesterday” recounts a surprise encounter with a deer while walking a “tote … 0

‘Yesterday’ a poem by Nick Fleck

Friday, February 6, 2015

Yesterday I came to a clearing. The trail — an old tote road — I rambled without bearing. The way unhallowed passed through birch, through beech and oak where once farm folk were neither poor nor rich. The woods a skin of snow and sunlit. The straight lines … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Valentine’s Day Poetry Event at the Co-op

Friday, January 16, 2015

Maybe you love chocolate. Or you love locally cultured cheeses, oranges shipped from organic groves in Florida, or leafy green kale grown in a hilltown right around the corner. Maybe you love sitting down with a friend for … 0

Poets of Franklin County: ‘Written from the heart’

Friday, December 26, 2014

Two years ago, Courtney Ribeiro would not have imagined that she’d be meeting with other women once a week to write poetry — or that, on a regular basis, she’d be performing poems in public. Two years ago, … 0

‘We Have a Circle”: a poem by Courtney Ribeiro

Friday, December 26, 2014

We Have a Circle We have a circle built by trust and hope. This is how we ladies learn to cope. For some it’s the friendships, Our close growing bond. It’s a family for those who have none. We’ve all been silenced by something or someone. For we … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Fred Pelka

Friday, December 5, 2014

In Easthampton poet Fred Pelka’s poem “Clots,” pricked fingertips toughen as they heal until they are “hard as elevator buttons,” allowing an unusual transcendence in the poem’s last lines. “You’re nothing without your scars,” the poem asserts. Pelka’s … 0

“Clots,” a poem by Fred Pelka

Friday, December 5, 2014

“Clots” You say stitches limit a person but dig deeper. You’ll see how they release as well as bind. Isn’t there a tranquility in that — a lovely still presence of wounds, salty as the moon ascending, drawing each tide behind it like a skirt? You’re nothing without … 0

Poets of Franklin County: ‘The Light We Leave’

Friday, November 21, 2014

What happens when images and words are given the chance to interact, not in a hierarchical way — say, an image illustrating a passage of text, or a caption explaining the content of a photograph — but in … 0