September is Poetry Month in Rockland

Aug 29, 2018
Gary Rainford

Rockland — Rockland Public Library has celebrated a Poetry Month for a number of years … and this year, that month is September, to better align with the annual Millay Arts & Poetry Festival.

All month, the library at 80 Union St. will be celebrating all things poetry. Everyone is invited to come in and play with the Magnetic Poetry Fridge; add a leaf to the PoeTree; let the library know your favorite poem, either in person or on the Facebook page; and attend some free events.

On Thursday, Sept. 13, at 6:30 p.m., Gary Rainford will perform and discuss ekphrastic poems from his new book, “Liner Notes,” which showcases 64 musicians as works of art —musicians from Ella Fitzgerald to Björk to Tony Bennett and Blondie, to name a few. In addition, Rainford will provide a set list of musicians celebrated in his collection and take reading requests from the audience. Comments and questions will be welcome anytime during his event, and books will be available for purchase. Rainford hails from Swan’s Island.

On Sunday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m., Mary Jane Martin will lead a Playing with Poetry workshop. Martin is the city’s interim Poet Laureate. Her workshop will include collaborative exercises using words, lines or titles to inspire … or try your hand with poetry cubes and see what happens. The free workshop is driven by the belief that anyone can write a poem.

On Thursday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 p.m., there will be a Poetry Month Finale open mic night featuring the winners of the annual Poetry Contest … and anyone else who wants to help celebrate all things poetry. This year’s contest theme was Speak Out! so bring whatever is on your mind.

Sign-up starts Saturday, Sept. 1. Poets will each have 10 to 15 minutes of poetry fame, and musical accompaniment is welcome. To sign up, call Jessie Blanchard at 594-0310. This event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

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

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