Millay in Love caps Whitehall series
Camden — The historic Whitehall Inn on High Street/Route 1 will concludes its summer Millay Series celebrating the 101st anniversary of the “discovery” of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay with a Millay in Love reading by five Maine poets Thursday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m.
The Rockland-born Millay read her poems on Aug. 29, 1912, at the Whitehall Inn, and one of the guests, Caroline Dow, was so impressed that she arranged for the poet to attend Vassar College in New York. By the time Millay graduated from college, she had completed her first book of poems, been wined and dined by the New York literati and written copious love lyrics and sonnets exploring romantic love, lost love and the transitory nature of love. Millay’s most famous love poem from the 1920s does not mourn absent love but rejoices in love’s impermanence: “My candle burns at both ends,” she wrote. “It will not last the night.”
Poet Kathleen Ellis will host the evening, which will feature Christian Barter, Rockland Poet Laureate Carol Bachofner, Eve Forti, Bruce Prat, and Wendy Rapaport. Each will read a Millay poem along with his or her own poetry.
The evening will begin with Ellis and Bachofner discussing Millay’s love poems and letters, including her long sonnet sequence in “Fatal Interview,” which combines passages of highly romantic language with passages of direct, unadorned language defining a powerful, creative self.
Mt. Desert Island poet Barter is the author of two poetry collections, most recently “In Someone Else’s House.” The poems in his latest volume reflect his Hancock County roots and work as a trail crew supervisor at Acadia National Park. His first book, “The Singers I Prefer,” was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize. He is an editor for The Beloit Poetry Journal and teaches at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor.
Bachofner, draws on her Native American (Abenaki) lineage and the natural environs for inspiration. The author of five collections, most recently “Native Moons, Native Days," she is the founding editor of Pulse Literary Journal, in publication since 1997 and featuring new and emerging writers.
Bremen poet Forti is the author of “Holding My Breath,” published by Finishing Line Press in 1912. Winner of the 2013 poetry prize from Common Ground Review, she competed on the Maine team at the 1994 National Poetry Finals in Asheville, N.C.
Bruce Pratt was nominated in 2008 for a Pushcart Award in fiction, and his poetry collection, “Boreal,” is available from Antrim House Books. His short play “Electrolysis” was performed at the 2008 Maine Short Play Festival and included in the second annual Northern Writes Festival in Bangor. He teaches creative writing at the University of Maine.
Rockland poet Rapaport, a psychologist and professor at the University of Maine and University of Miami Medical School, specializes in humor and health. Her first chapbook is titled “On the Couch with the Good Enough Poet.”
For more information or to make a reservation for dinner before the free reading, call 236-3391 or visit Whitehall-inn.com.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or email@example.com.