Left Bank Books, 21 East Main St./Route 1, will host four local Maine poets for an afternoon of poetry reading Sunday, Sept. 12 beginning at 3 p.m. Stockton Springs poet Bob Brooks, Belfast poet Mary Johnston, Troy poet Carolyn Locke and Susan King, who divides her time between Cranberry Isles and Minneapolis, will read from and sign their poetry books.

Brooks graduated from Harvard and served in the United State Army as a translator stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. He will be reading from his third book, “Three-Season Views,” a compilation of poems on “persnickety human nature,” in which he channels his Irish grandmother’s wry humor.

Johnston is a private counselor living on the coast of Maine in sight of tidal changes and bufflehead ducks. Her book “Dancing on a Wire” is a collection of poems and stories that portray “the agonizing dilemma confronting a young woman in a father-knows-best patriarchal culture.”

Locke graduated from Bates and Goddard colleges, and she teaches high school English and humanities at Mount View High School in Thorndike. In her new book “Always This Falling,” she celebrates our seasons of abundance and loss through her look at relationships between family and place.

As a former Presbyterian minister and psychotherapist, King leads retreats on creativity and spirituality and has been a featured poet on Garrison Keillor’s “Writer’s Almanac.” Her new book “Bog Orchids” is inspired by her life on Great Cranberry Island, her observations of the seasons there and what she calls “everywoman’s load of nouns.”

The entering-fall event promises to be a pleasant way to rediscover the changing seasons and their effect on all of us through the poetic voices of four intriguing local authors. For more information or to reserve copies of the books, call Left Bank Books at 548-6400.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.