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Gulf of Maine Books at 134 Maine Street in Brunswick will be celebrating its 39th year in business with a 30 percent discount on books on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22, 23 and 24, and a birthday party starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb 24. Jamie Sayen will read from his new book, “You Had A Job For Life – the story of a company town.” For more information call Gulf of Maine Books 207-729-5083.

Kathleen Ellis, Carol Bachofner, Linda Buckmaster, Ellen Goldsmith, Joanna Hynd, Judy Kaber, Carl Little, Kendall Merriam, Thomas Moore, Martin Steingesser and Ellen Taylor will be reading their poetry at the Edna St. Vincent Millay 126th Birthday Celelbration starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Farnsworth Art Museum Auditorium, in Rockland, Maine. Cost is $10; $8 for members. For reservations and information call 207-596-6457.

Kathleen Ellis will lead the Flexing Your Muscles Poetry Writing Workshop, 10 a.m. to1 p.m., March 12-16, at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine. For information and to enroll, call 207-596-6457.

The Terry Plunkett Maine Poetry Festival will be held Friday, April 6, at the University of Maine at Augusta. The event will include a "Congress of Maine Poets" beginning with a talk by former Maine Poet Laureate Betsy Sholl at 12:30 p.m., group discussions, and an evening talk by keynote poet Sharon Olds. Information is available online and by contacting event organizer Ellen Taylor.

In Verse: Maine Places and People.
Poems in the Lewiston Sun Journal. Edited by Dennis Camire

Deep Water: Maine poems in the Portland Press Herald. Edited by Gibson Fay-LeBlanc.

Maine Literary Awards honor the state’s top books and writers for 2017, Portland Press Herald

Hancock County poet Carl Little: "Poems reveal the extraordinary in the ordinary in Ellsworth." Ellsworth American.

Maine's WERU 89.9 FM Writers Forum with host Nancy Tancredi airs at 11 a.m. the second Thursday of each month. Streaming archives.

20 Maine Poets Read and Discuss Their Work.
Recently made videos.

The Cafe Review
Maine's longest-running small magazine of poetry and reviews from Maine poets and others

The Catch
Online journal of writings from Downeast Maine.

William Hathaway's Poetry Drawer. Not for the faint of art. "Given a choice between lucky in love or with parking places, it’s startling how many choose the latter."

Galatea Resurrects
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Poetry and books tracked in outback Maine
Here, notes in Mama's hand at 56, written in red, ball point script,
found by our brother in a vintage biscuit tin from Carr's of
Carlisle Limited, England, years now since her death at 96.

Something elegant and useful catching our father's eye trading,
knowing she'd admire it. Wouldn't want him to sell it if
he brought it home so he did, and she did, so he could feel
he pleased her this time.

Fancy, the cross-stitched sampler motif -- ecru ground, green-
wreathed, with multi-colored blooms centered with sayings
for the child born each day of the week. Just right
for us five, counting the lid.

And just right for all those years of keepsakes she'd never guess
would be safe that long with him being hurt and out of work
and us claiming whatever spare things we might find around
the house for our own precious use.

Beribboned hand-made treasures from our father to his mother
all the way to ours for ours, bundled with war ration books,
tickets and programs from years of occasions making her proud
with her kids' names among the honored though she couldn't
attend everything with his condition and the stoves and little
ones needing tending.

So here's her plan on paper torn from something, some use
left to it, folded into fourths and saved in this envelope marked
“Christmas Information.” How to Enjoy Christmas Giving
by J. Smith, 1972 with another note on the back: Some traditional
concepts will have to be balanced against common sense so I am
compiling a list which I think works real well in our world of today,
and our particular situation. (Pay Central Maine Power, Dr. Gould,
Fortin's Oil.)

1. Save own money. (Do not depend on banks & clubs)
This way it is always at your disposal.
Dimes & quarters are best.

2. Make a
short list for each shopping trip.

3.
Plan several months in advance and get necessary
information, second and third choices.

4. Buy wrappings & cards at beginning of season and
get plenty of them at a cut-rate store. Take your time
in buying!

post script:
Sew & cook for all your worth
& satisfaction will pour forth!

Patricia Ranzoni is poet laureate of Bucksport, Maine.
Christmas Information
By Patricia Ranzoni
wind in
the dunes

the bent
arms

of beach
grass

glyph
the sand

faint
whorls

around
each stem

traces
of speech



Peter Kilgore was born, grew up and lived most of his life in Portland, Maine. He died in 1992 at the age of 52. This poem is from a recently discovered manuscript found among his papers.

untitled (from "Island Poems")
By Peter Kilgore
ah mclean
poems by and/or reviews of poetry, fiction, novel, nonfiction, memoir:
Cafe Review
Richard Grossinger - Pluto
Steve Luttrell
Robert Chute
Stephen King
Hearts in Suspension
Mr. Mercedes
Revival
Finders Keepers
Bazaar of Bad Dreams
Bruce Holsapple
Birth of the Imagination - William Carlos Williams
Kenneth Frost
Carolyn Gelland
Lee Sharkey
Wesley McNair
The Unfastening
Bruce Wallace
Carolyn Locke
Dave Morrison
Arthur Rimbaud
Glenn Cooper
Leonore Hildebrandt
Teresa Lagrange
John Holt Willey
Edward Lorusso
George Danby
Lindy Hough
Alfred DePew
Dirk Dunbar
Chris Peary
james lowe
Richard Foerster
Stuart Kestenbaum
Megan Grumbling
Alex Irvine
Take Heart
Jeanne Braham
Judith Robbins
Jennifer Wixson
Tenants Harbor
Will Lane
Trust Rust
University of Maine Press
Thomas Moore
Dana Wilde
Jeri Theriault
Philippe Coupey
Taisen Deshimaru Roshi
Alistair Noon
Simone Paradis Hanson
Dennis Camire
Joal Hetherington
Peter Pfeiffer
Bill Roorbach
Richard Russo
Patricia Ranzoni
Still Mill
Rick Doyle
Summer to Fall
Lewis Turco - Enkidu
Burton Hatlen - Elegies and Valedictions
Caught - Glen Libby - Antonia Small
3 Nations Anthology
Baron Wormser
Tom O'Vietnam
Oleson Dovecote
Jim Krosschell
One Man's Maine
Robert Chute
Kristen Lindquist
Tourists in the Known World

They’re great pollinators, but after being stung
eight or nine times, burning and itching for days
after, I had to act. An exterminator said he could
lay down poison, some sort of dust that they would
track in and out of the nest, an old hole that the voles
dug. “It might take a month for them to die and they’ll
be pretty mad for a while.” Angry, dying yellow jackets
by the raised beds for month sounded bad to me. So I
drowned them with dish soap and a garden hose, a glass
bowl over the hole for a few days while a few survivors
climbed around, dropped to the ground. I took a spade
and stopped up the hole with clay, a brown patch on
which I step as I mow with guilt still so silly that I
must tell someone about it, confess that I had to do it.


Jim Smethurst, a graduate of the Universty of Southern Maine, is a professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of African-American Studies at UMass-Amherst.

Killing Yellow Jackets
By Jim Smethurst
One bat will flit in and then out
of a sodium streetlight’s orange orb
when it awakens from winter.
Once it slept tucked tight
to itself like a small gray pocket purse
deep in a shed’s stacked shutters,
but now — where? Once several
weaved light to dark, snatching bugs
drawn to a white glow in the night —
for what? Or is the right word why?
And yes, dark-this/dark-that
bores us — nothing to see there —
though the energy of its matter
makes this universe sprinkled
with bright dots of light, all we look at
in night’s black expanse.
Will the furious flutter in and out
of one bat be enough? Few
notice that fewer bugs splatter
where cars once had grills
bristled by desiccated splats.
With two-ply windows who needs
shutters or sheds where rats
gnawed burlap into nests and bats
nestled in slats with heartbeats
too slow for dreaming?


William Hathaway in recent years moved from Surry, Maine, to Gettysburg, Pa. His most recent collection in a long, distinguished career is The Right No.
One Bat
By William Hathaway
head bent back from watching
circling raptors float above the river,
my focus gets scattered by mottled clouds
that cover the whole of the sky,
and then I find myself in prayer,
and then in poem


D.W. Brainerd lives on French Island, Old Town, Maine. His self-made collections of poetry include Under the Gold Sun and A Turn of the Wheel, and his reviews of poetry have appeared in Small Press Review.
River-Sky-Mind Words
By D.W. Brainerd