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

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

‘The Fence’ by Lesléa Newman

Friday, March 28, 2014

THE FENCE (that night) I held him all night long He was heavy as a broken heart Tears fell from his unblinking eyes He was dead weight yet he kept breathing He was heavy as a broken heart … 0

The ‘laughing goddess’

Friday, March 14, 2014

A grown woman encourages some neighborhood children, including her niece and nephew, to sneak out of their homes after bedtime, dress as “gypsies” and run with her through woods and across fields into town to catch a glimpse … 0

The Poets of Franklin County: Lynette Baker Varnon

Friday, February 28, 2014

Because she has two young children and a full-time job as a high school English teacher, Lynette Baker Varnon often writes at night. Not surprisingly, her poems often take place at night, too. Varnon’s poem, “I Rub Her … 0