Call for place-based poets

Mar 17, 2013
Photo by: Marcie Porter A bird’s eye view of the Georges River could easily inspire a poem.

Rockland — Natural surroundings have long inspired artistic creation through visual arts, dance or poetry. In honor of National Poetry Month in April, Georges River Land Trust is partnering with Rockland Public Library for Poetry Month Rockland, its month-long celebration of landscapes. Poets of all ages are invited to visit places in the watershed and then craft poems to be shared on Earth Day at the library, 80 Union St.

The Georges River watershed extends from Montville in Waldo County to Port Clyde in Knox County, where the 51-mile-long river flows into Muscongus Bay. With the hills, river and coastline of the watershed in our midst, local poets, children and adults are invited to pursue their artistic talent while being inspired by these familiar places. Poems may be submitted until Wednesday, April 17, to the Georges River Land Trust office, 8 North Main St.

The land trust offers a “tool kit” for poets interested in practicing their discipline in situ including poetry guidelines, maps of trails and protected lands. This is an opportunity to explore some of the land trust’s protected lands, hike the trails of the Georges Highland Path or find one’s own special niche in the watershed. On Earth Day, Monday, April 22, poets will reveal their creations at the Placed-Based Poetry event at the library.

Those interested in participating and in picking up the kit are asked to contact Annette Naegel at 594-5166 or

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

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