Sunday, August 18
Hosted by David Mook
Written, spoken and visual art will all be celebrated Sunday afternoon, August 18, at Stone Valley Arts in Poultney, when twenty poets will be reading their work from Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont, v. II. Beginning at 3:00 p.m., the reading, will be accompanied by an exhibit of paintings by artist Matt Solon.
Primarily the poetry of place and its culture, many of the 111 poems in Birchsong II celebrate the landscape, as well as the people and animals who inhabit this part of the world. Others, speaking of changes to a rural way of life, take a different perspective. In a recent review in the literary magazine Blueline, professor Donald McNutt writes:
“Of the many vital passages I took from Birchsong II, perhaps the most crucial of them is this: poetry enables us to see beyond humanities “illiusions of power” and thereby imagine alternatives and take action. The best contemporary nature poetry reminds us, in one way or another, that we have the ability and moral imperative to maintain ecological integrity. This is a recurrent conviction in Birchsong II.” Published in 2018, the second volume is edited by Northshire Poets Alice Wolf Gilborn, Carol Cone, David Mook, Marcia Angermann, Peter Bradley and Monica Stillman and is illustrated by Mary Schwartz. Copies will be available at the reading.
Paintings by Solon will be on exhibit in the SVA Gallery
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