The lowdown on Laux
Rockland — As part of April’s Poetry Month Rockland celebration, Rockland Poet Laureate Carol Bachofner will offer a presentation on widely published American poet Dorianne Laux Monday, April 7, at 6 p.m. at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.
Laux is one of three nationally known poets who will take part in a two-day symposium in the works for Poetry Month Rockland 2015. Although she has lived and worked elsewhere for much of her life, Laux, who teaches poetry in the MFA program at North Carolina State University, was born in Augusta “so she’s really from Maine,” said Bachofner.
“Last year, I spoke about May Sarton, so I wanted to do a live poet this year,” Bachofner said, adding she has done readings in the past with Laux.
Author of five collections of poetry and co-author of “The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry,” Laux is the recipient of two Best American Poetry Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, two fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Bachofner said Laux considers herself self-taught as a writer and a “workshop junkie,” attending many a writer’s workshop before she went back to school for writing when her daughter was 9 years old.
“And that’s what I did, before going back to school,” said Bachofner, who holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College.
Bachofner called Laux’s poetry truly accessible, covering common ground with exquisite language. The Monday evening talk is free.
Bachofner will share some of her own work Wednesday, April 9, as part of the 3 p.m. Fireside Reading by the High Tide Poets, a group of 10 women who meet at the library twice a month to share their original poetry, critique each others’ work and engage in revisions. Also reading will be Elizabeth Berkenbile DiTa, Zibette Dean, Ellen Goldsmith, Margie Kivel, Gayle Portnow, Hadassa Wisch, Sylvia DeLeon and Wendy Rappaport. Refreshments will be provided by Friends of the Library.
For a complete schedule of Poetry Month Rockland events, visit rocklandlibrary.org.
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