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Poets of Franklin County
Luna Mendoza, right, invited a friend up to sing with her during her second performance at The Unlabeled: Open Mic series held on third Wednesdays at Greenfield Gallery in Greenfield. For the Recorder/Trish Crapo

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 Third Friday Open Poetry and Prose Series at the Arms Library at the corners of Main and Bridge Streets. Now, The Unlabeled: … 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 meat, is one of the few. Patlove’s poem, “Appetite,” placed first in the Wheeler Memorial … 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 collage, and by her own involvement in making art. “braque’s eye ripples folds/ across our … 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

“Senses,” a poem by Amie Keddy

Friday, November 21, 2014

“Senses” “Nothing can cure the soul but the senses.” — Oscar Wilde The shiplap summer house screened us, together drinking tea I cupped the jar with both hands trusting its insulation to hold you from me. I did not touch your auburn hair or stroke your jaw so … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Tommy Twilite

Friday, November 14, 2014

If you’ve been attending poetry readings in this valley long enough, chances are you’ve heard of Tommy Twilite. He’s the host of the Twilite Poetry Pub on Tuesdays, 8 to 9 p.m. on Valley Free Radio, WXOJ 103.3 … 0

Paradise Pond: a poem by Tommy Twilite

Friday, November 14, 2014

Paradise Pond when sun diamonds refract off the water ripples like clear sparkling blood every swirl of color spins into the late afternoon sun that sinks into distance unmoved and recedes like butter into a crescent moon against a sky of night dying in the afterglow to become … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Claire Blatchford

Friday, November 7, 2014

Shelburne writer, poet and teacher Claire Blatchford lost almost all of her hearing suddenly at age 6, as a result of the mumps. “Imagine your hearing being switched off with one quick flick of fate,” she writes in … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Greenfield Annual Word Festival

Friday, October 10, 2014

Want to read your poems to members of Franklin County’s eclectic literary community? Want to take a stab at storytelling (no notes!) in front of a live audience? Or maybe you’d like to just relax and listen to … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Daniel Hales

Friday, October 3, 2014

So begins the poem “: prayer” by Greenfield poet Daniel Hales: “Once we stop praying to anomalies and impossibilities is when bad luck starts.” And it continues: “The headlights lit up the backyard/climb the ailanthus/and for some reason … 0

Poets of Franklin County: ‘Dear Lady Heroin’

Friday, September 26, 2014

Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of columns by Trish Crapo on poetry that explores aspects of addiction. In her first column, Crapo wrote about the loss of her niece Aria to a heroin overdose. … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Soul Chant

Friday, September 19, 2014

Editor’s note: this is the second in a series of columns by Trish Crapo on poetry that explores aspects of addiction. Readers can find links to her first column on our website: Ashley Sims died at the … 0