Introducing a new bi-weekly series, a kind of Berkshire Poetry Protection Program that would offer cultural affirmation, a necessary degree of solace and uplift, and overall, a wealth of joy and pleasure in troubled times.
At this point, obsessed with grayness as I am and as are so many of the people I know, I’ll stick to the weather, daily life, my neighborhood, Mutzl (my dog) and Hermes (my cat) bad politics and delicious food.
as if time could run backwards at their beckoning; as if winter could recede from my fingers and the white gate swing wide, with the fall riot returning to the bracketing treelimbs, thence to turn verdant and alive, the schoolyard now summer-empty.
The following year, Bryant was 22 years old. He was living in Great Barrington, working for the town, and practicing law. He would remain in Great Barrington from 1816 to 1825—out of place and out of sorts.
The main stage at the Gather-In will feature folksingers Kim and Reggie Harris, a performance of Jacob’s Pillow’s Pittsfield Moves! community engagement initiative, the Soul Steps dance troupe from New Jersey, Youth Alive and Funk Box Studio dancers, and more.
Coupled with the wildly unconventional dialogue that ensues between her poems’ speaker and the composite character of Baby—as the pair navigate drug stores, strip clubs, arcade games and garden patches—the reader is both drawn in and captivated by each encounter.
These poems don’t demand pity; their tone is strong like the women ultimately are. She is reading her poems this Tuesday, May 22, at the Lee Library, along with the renowned poet Charles Rafferty. The reading is at 5:30 p.m.
The chapbook is a brilliant work of art in its way of revealing how seemingly fleeting events in our lives can have enormous impact on memory, leaving lasting impressions in spite of or because of the careless actions of others.
In his letter to the editor, William Yehle writes: “WordXWord encourages poets to accept a greater role in the cultural landscape, to provoke and bear witness, to use their voice to advocate for social justice, to act as agents of change.”
Live Poets Society and the Berkshire Edge will be hosting a literary salon Friday, December 8, at Lauren Clark Fine Art on Stockbridge Road. Take the quiz to be eligible for an autographed book of poems by one of our authors.