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Poets of Franklin County

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 of Granby. But Story has also long been a lover of poetry, and will be reading poems of Mary Oliver in collaboration with cellist Eugene Friesen in a Mohawk Trail Concert performance at the Federated Church at Charlemont, 175 Main St., Charlemont on Friday, July 24, 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 25, … 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: Eric Wasileski

Thursday, July 2, 2015

For some, fireworks are big, gorgeous displays of color and sound that celebrate our country’s independence. But for Eric Wasileski, Greenfield poet and veteran, they are a nightmare. Wasileski joined the military at 18, after graduating from Greenfield High School. He served from 1991 to 1999 and received combat ribbons for two missions: … 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

‘Funny, sadness’

Friday, February 21, 2014

When Lisa Limont was a kid growing up near the sea in Scituate, she and her four siblings played ball on their big lawn or horsed around with their dad, who Limont described as “a really fun guy.” … 0

'Funny, Sadness," a poem by Lisa Limont

Friday, February 21, 2014

Funny, Sadness Funny, sadness was always there and therefore unremarkable. In those years we laughed and sang as we walked to the brook: There’s a hole in the bucket, there’s a hole in the bottom of the sea. Remember when you could walk? We played with your removable … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Heath poet John Palmer

Friday, February 14, 2014

“I don’t know if ‘hero’ is the right word but I’ve always just loved Cézanne,” Heath poet John Palmer said, when asked how he came to write his poem, “Houses by Cézanne.” The poem appears in Palmer’s full-length … 0

John Palmer poem: “Houses by Cézanne”

Friday, February 14, 2014

‘Houses by Cézanne’ By John Palmer of Heath The road swings south of the dusty houses, slopes past outcropped mules to the sculpted fruit of orchards by the coast, to flowers whose essence rides like gold-green oil in cruets, to the sea. Nobody built these houses. They came … 0

What is it to exist?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

About a year ago, one of Greenfield poet and musician Daniel Hales’ friends asked if he’d be interested in setting poems from Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice books to music for a performance she was working on. Hales was … 0

Carol Purington’s dreaming room

Monday, December 30, 2013

Is poetry fiction or nonfiction? Many people assume that poetry is autobiographical, and that a poem’s narrator is the poet. Colrain poet Carol Purington, who poses this question in the foreword of her new collection of tanka, a … 1

The poet’s poet

Thursday, August 8, 2013

OK, quick, name three important contemporary Romanian poets. Or two Spanish ones. Can you name one Italian? “It’s generally said that nothing sells worse than poetry in this country than poetry in translation,” poet and publisher Ed Foster, who runs Talisman House, Publishers in Greenfield, says with a … 0

Poets of Franklin County: ‘Clear mental space’

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Poet Jody Cothey, who writes under the name Pamela Stewart, has run Tregelly’s Fiber Farm in Hawley with her husband Ed Cothey for 18 years. The farm, which Stewart describes as “winding down now,” at one time produced beautiful natural-dyed wools and yarns. “I used to have six … 0

Poets of Franklin County: Christopher Sawyer-Laucanno

Saturday, July 20, 2013

One night, as he sat on the verandah in the hill station of Mussoorie in the foothills of the Himalayas, Montague poet Christopher Sawyer-Laucanno overheard someone call out in a language he didn’t know. Perhaps it was Hindi or Kashmiri or any one of the several hundred languages … 0

Spinning riffs

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Take a sample of 10 people who are 6 foot, 3 inches, line them up and then see how different 6 foot, 3 inches can look. That’s how poet and publisher Jess Mynes suggests thinking about the experience of reading British poet Richard Caddel’s series of poems titled … 0