April is Poetry Month Rockland

Mar 23, 2014
Among the Rockland Shakespeare Society members who will open Poetry Month Rockland’s fireside readings series will be, from left, Marianne Boretz, Gretchen Donchecz, Marty Schindler, Fran Keene and Trish Weisbrot

Rockland — The annual Poetry Month Rockland celebration will offers poetry-centric events throughout April, many based at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.

Fireside Readings

The popular weekly readings by the upstairs fireplace are scheduled for Wednesdays at 3 p.m. Rockland Poet Laureate Carol Bachofner will host, with refreshments provided by Friends of the Rockland Public Library.

William Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets that mark him as the greatest writer in English, either before or since their publication in the late 16th century. Six members of the Rockland Shakespeare Society will open the fireside series April 2 with selections from the sonnet sequence, each chosen to demonstrate significant turning points in what may be an account of the poet's own complex emotional life. The afternoon event also will open the Society's 2014 celebration of its 125th continuous year dedicated to reading and discussing Shakespeare's works.

Remaining readings will feature: April 9, High Tide Poets; April 16, local high school students; and April 23, a special community reading for which citizens of Rockland and surrounding towns will be asked to bring in a favorite poem to read or to have read by a local poet.

Four-poet reading

Thursday evening, April 3, four local poets will read from their work in the downstairs Friends Community Room. Christopher Fahy, Alan Clark, Kristen Lindquist and Dave Morrison will read from their work beginning 6 p.m. (see story linked below).

Poet Laureate talk

The Poet Laureate will present an informal discussion on former Maine poet Dorianne Laux (born in Augusta) Monday, April 7, at 6 p.m. in the Friends Community Room.

Free writing workshop

Bachofner will conduct a free writing workshop titled Ways of Expanding Content in Poems Saturday, April 12, at the library. The workshop will cover making the most of imagery; five simple methods to flesh out or pump up poems; and four easy techniques to “make sure your poems don’t die.” Techniques will include prudent use (or not) of punctuation, line breaks that work overtime and “to adjective or not to adjective.” Helpful handouts will be provided.

Registration is limited. For more information or to register, call Rockland Public Library at 594-0310 or email Bachofner at poet.laureate.rcklnd@me.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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