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Poets of Franklin County
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

Ashfield poet offers writers’ oasis

Monday, February 1, 2016

Ashfield poet Susan Middleton’s living room is on the second floor of a renovated barn on Norton Hill Road in Ashfield. It is airy and comfortable, just as she’s described it in the flier for her spring session of “In Our Nature” writing workshops. The workshops, which run in accordance with Amherst Writers … 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 junior. The three students are talking about memorizing poems and reciting them in their schoolwide … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Poet Adam Grabowski brings density and intensity to the page and to a live audience Feb. 19 in Greenfield

Friday, January 15, 2016

Adam Grabowski, self-described “poet, social worker and father,” cups his hands around his tea and leans forward. “You have to be your honest self,” he says. “At least for me. Marriage is a total commitment. Whether it’s miserable … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Lines set by hand

Friday, January 8, 2016

The poetry books arranged in the sun on Gary Metras’ Easthampton coffee table vary in size. Some are back pocket sized, others are variations of the standard 6-by-9 inches of many poetry books. A variety of lettering, decoration … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Jess Mynes

Friday, December 18, 2015

Many of you may already know Wendell poet Jess Mynes as one of the intrepid organizers of the “All Small Caps” open mic reading series that ran every last Monday for seven years out at The Déja Brew … 0

‘Imagine, even the ghosts were trying to get away’ U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera reads at Smith College

Friday, December 4, 2015

Poet Juan Felipe Herrera, our newly appointed poet laureate of the United States, is a man of action. Which should be obvious because, as Herrera told a near-capacity crowd in Smith College’s Weinstein Auditorium Tuesday night, “Poetry is … 0

The Unlabeled: Open Mic devoted to young artists

Friday, November 20, 2015

Our area is hopping with open mics. On the first Monday of every month, you can attend Wagon Wheel Word in Gill; third Tuesdays there’s Spoken Word Greenfield at 9 Mill Street; and in Shelburne Falls, there’s the … 0

Tough stuff: Susie Patlove wins Wheeler Memorial Library’s Robert P. Collen Poetry of Place contest

Friday, November 6, 2015

Not many poets can pull off a poem about killing a rooster. Shelburne Falls poet Susie Patlove, long a serious student of Buddhism and a self-sufficient farmer who raises all of her household’s vegetables and most of its … 0

Image and line: Poet Alice Thomas dives in deep with visual art

Friday, October 30, 2015

Greenfield artist and poet Alice Thomas is interested in what she calls “the push-me, pull-you” dynamic between visual arts and language. Her poem, “braque’s eye,” was inspired by her study of 20th-century French artist George Braque’s paintings and … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Patrick Donnelly

Friday, October 23, 2015

Patrick Donnelly speaks quietly and with care as we talk of what it is like to be handed a bag that contains your mother’s ashes. “It’s literally an awesome experience, in the oldest meaning of that word, that … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Open Prose and Poetry Series at Arms Library turns 20

Friday, October 9, 2015

Genie Zeiger, Shelburne poet, essayist and writing workshop leader, approached then Arms Library director Louis Battalen back in 1995 about allowing her students to use the Shelburne Falls library as a place to gather to read their work … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Genie Zeiger excerpt

Friday, October 9, 2015

“The Secret of a Girl’s First Heart” by Genie Zeiger This short, autobiographical essay appeared in the chapbook, “5-Minute Pieces from the Arms Library Reading Series,” published by the Arms Library in 1998, three years after the series began in 1995. Written in the voice of a young … 0

Wagon Wheel Word: A welcome addition to local literary menu

Friday, September 25, 2015

GILL — The first Wagon Wheel Word open mic and reading hosted by Eric Wasileski and Lea Banks drew an enthusiastic and attentive crowd of about 30 Wednesday night. Wasileski, a Greenfield native, recently published a collection of … 0

Poets of Franklin County: ‘Sparks from the Anvil’

Friday, September 4, 2015

Six years ago, writer and educator Christian McEwen had a great idea. An exciting array of poets came regularly to read in The Poetry Center at Smith College Poetry Series. After the readings, the poets would do “a … 0