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Poets of Franklin County
Tara McNamara of Greenfield has been writing with Voices from Inside on and off since 2011. "It keeps me going, pretty much," she says. For the Recorder/Trish Crapo

Poets of Franklin County: From the Heart

Friday, February 12, 2016

Writing is powerful stuff. It’s transformative, empowering and sometimes, just plain fun. Ask Tara McNamara of Greenfield, who’s been taking part in writing workshops offered in Springfield by Voices from Inside, a non-profit organization that runs the workshops for women who are now or have been incarcerated, and for women in the recovery community. McNamara has been writing with the group on and off since 2011. “It helps to keep me going, pretty much,” she said. Now a new series of workshops in Greenfield brings the opportunity closer to home. McNamara, who has become a workshop facilitator, and Gretchen Krull, program coordinator for Voices from … 0

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,” … 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

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