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The 13th annual Belfast Poetry Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in the theater of the Troy A. Howard Middle School in Belfast, Maine.

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The cardinal perched atop a phone wire,
black-dropped against bruise-blue dawn
with his tail tucked for an equilibrium
of purchase on its dew drenched perch,
often warbles ab-surd, ab-surd, not talking
to us or meaning what it means to us
or even to the full moon stained yellow
with weariness from forever facing
the unwinking star of morning all the way
across the other side of the world,
for, as any woman in a cross-faced mood
will tell you, to be forever lovely
is no easy chore as the softening womb
waxes and wanes, its telltale tick-tick
mocking lonely dawns, so similar
to the obscene tse-tse-tse clucks and whistles
of gaudy birds on tightrope wires
swelling scarlet chests in Orphic insolence
perhaps to advertise lush plumage,
yet not to mean what hardhats catcalling
from high girders mean when they jeer
their rage at beauty as unreachable
above them as the moon and silver star
the cardinal pays no heed to as the sun
he serenades reveals a crimson glory.


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.
Absurd
By William Hathaway
a root
of a man
not the bulk
of oak or elm
but sinews
of alder
green and angled
close to the ground

or a knot
in a place of pine
all the hardness
and dark pitch
twisted into
one tight orb
morning cough
the logger comes



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 first appeared in Contraband No. 7 in 1973.


mort
By Peter Kilgore
ah mclean
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Stephen King
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Mr. Mercedes
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Bruce Holsapple
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Kenneth Frost
Carolyn Gelland
Lee Sharkey
Wesley McNair
Bruce Wallace
Carolyn Locke
Dave Morrison
Arthur Rimbaud
Glenn Cooper
Leonore Hildebrandt
Teresa Lagrange
John Holt Willey
Edward Lorusso
Wesley McNair
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
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
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