April is National Poetry Month, and libraries, bookstores and other venues will have special exhibitions and events to honor it. The Good Tern Café Gallery is planning a mail-in exhibition of poetry and art again this year, since the past seven annual exhibitions and related events were so well received. The exhibition will run for the month of April.

The Good Tern Café Gallery usually features work by members, but opens to the larger community for the mail-in exhibition. Past years' entries have come from as far away as South Carolina, Florida, the West Coast, the United Kingdom, Australia and western Canada.

Anyone of any age interested in submitting a piece or two or more for “Poetry & Art VIII, A Mail Art Exhibition” is invited to do so: poetry, visual art, poems inspired by sculptures, visual art about poetry, drawings inspired by poetry, poems by artists, visual art by poets —anything that fits on a postcard of any size.

Submission guidelines are as follows: make a poem, painting, drawing, collage or other creation on a postcard (or put in an envelope), relating however loosely to the theme of poetry and art; entries may be signed or anonymous; entries must be postmarked by March 25 and sent to Lois Anne, Curator of Poetry & Art, P.O. Box 1661, Rockland, ME 04841.

Mail art exhibition work is usually not returned; however, for three weeks after the exhibition closes, the pieces will be available to be picked up at the Good Tern; those out of the area can send an SASE along with their entry. For more information, email loisanne1001@aol.com with Poetry & Art in the subject line.

The Good Tern Coop and Café, 750 Main St., is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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