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Poets of Franklin County
The bursting of the gold ornament in "Repetition," a montage box by South Hadley poet and box artist Lisa Burke, marked her "re-entry" into working in the form. Trish Crapo photo. (August 8, 2015)

Poets of Franklin County: Lisa Burke's visual poetry

Friday, August 21, 2015

As a person who has written poems and made collages since I was a teenager or younger, I’ve always wondered whether there is such a thing as a visual poem. And if there is, wouldn’t it be a collage? So many poets work in collage — Mark Strand, John Ashbery, Carol Potter and Robert Seydel come to mind — that … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Word choice matters

Friday, July 17, 2015

What do poetry and the language of government have in common? More than you might think, according to State Representative Ellen Story of Amherst. Story is a Democratic state legislator in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the 3rd Hampshire District, which is composed of the towns of Amherst, Pelham and Precinct 1 … 0

Poets of Franklin County: When poets come out to play

Friday, July 10, 2015

It was a dark and stormy night. No really, it was. Rain poured steadily as we wended our way from Leyden to Ashfield on Thursday for Lakehouse Poetry, a new open mic in the newly open Ashfield Lakehouse. The monthly event is hosted by Sequoia LeBreux, the Mohawk Regional High School junior who … 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: www.recorder.com Ashley Sims died at the … 0

Poets of Franklin County: What if I were inconsolable?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Editor’s note: this is the first of a series of columns by Trish Crapo on poetry that explores aspects of addiction. Showing your poems to other people can be tricky. What if whoever’s reading your poem hates it? … 0

Poets of Franklin County: The houses that Emily Dickinson built

Friday, August 15, 2014

Walk or drive down Silver Street near Greenfield High School and you’ll see that three new houses have cropped up on what used to be a wide, grassy lawn. No, it’s not a sudden housing boom but an … 0

Poets of Franklin County: The things that mothers do that are amazing

Friday, May 9, 2014

Adrie Lester has her hands full. Quite literally, in that as she walks down the hall toward my downtown studio she is holding the hand of her toddler son, Gabriel, as well as carrying bags of supplies for … 0

2014 Poet's Seat Poetry Contest: A diversity of voices

Friday, May 2, 2014

A woman recalls her fighter-pilot father teaching her to drive, swallows fly in the rafters of an old milking barn, a young man wrestles his father to the floor for the last bowl of ice cream. These are … 0

Poets of Franklin County: A moment of grace

Friday, April 25, 2014

In the mid-1980s, Turners Falls poet and devout Catholic Paul Mariani went every Sunday to nursing homes in Greenfield, bringing communion to elderly patients unable to attend church. Bringing communion to the elderly was one of many acts … 0

Poets of Franklin County: 'Ruins Assembling'

Friday, April 18, 2014

The poems in Greenfield poet Dennis Finnell’s new book, “Ruins Assembling,” are different than the poems he and I talked about back in the fall of 2012, when he had won the Bellday Prize, which included publication of … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Laura Gail Grohe, The Linens Project

Friday, April 11, 2014

Late one afternoon, Laura Gail Grohe sat in the window light of a storefront in Greenfield, embroidering. To see a woman calmly embroidering in public is not an unusual sight perhaps, though embroidery seems more antiquated than knitting, … 0

Reclaiming ‘Awe’

Friday, April 4, 2014

On a spring night in 2003, not long after the United States military fired as many as 3,000 satellite-guided, precision missiles on the city of Baghdad within a 24 to 48 hour period, poet L. R. Berger attended … 0

Poets of Franklin County: 'It's my job to imagine'

Friday, March 28, 2014

Almost 16 years ago, two young men convinced a third to leave the bar where they’d all been drinking and get into a truck with them. They then drove him out to a remote spot on the high … 0