On Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Gables at East Mountain, in Rutland
Town, there will be a meeting of the Poetry Society of Vermont and
local poets for a day of poetry reading-a Regional Meeting, the
first of its kind. This is a rare opportunity to hear outstanding
poems by poets of every type and to participate yourself-to be one
of the writers who reads.
Why should we read poetry? Poet Amy Lowell says, "…because only
in that way can we know man in all his moods-in the most beautiful
thoughts of his heart, in his farthest reaches of imagination, in
the tenderness of his love, in the nakedness and awe of his soul
confronted with terror and wonder of the universe."
Dana Goya in "Does Poetry Matter?" emphasized the need to build
audiences for poetry and spent many years of his life doing that.
We are bringing partners in this endeavor together for a day of
reading, to hear what we have written and honor the writers. The
Poetry Society of Vermont is providing leadership, the Gables at
East Mountain has given us a place to read and their residents will
be part of our audience. Come and make this a successful
David Weinstock, of Ottercreek Poets in Middlebury, wrote in his
in "A Gathering of Poets" that "… all poetry is local, and all
artists, if we hope to bring anything good into this world, owe
avid attention to that part of the world that is immediately at
hand. Location does not limit us: it launches us."
In the morning, PSOV President, Tamra Higgins, is schedule to
give a talk about "The Importance of Poetry" and Ann Day about
"PSOV, Who We Are and What We Do." Readers will include: Tamra
Higgins of Jeffersonville; Alice Gibson of Manchester; Ann Day of
Waitsfield; Joe Whalen of Brandon; Sandra Gardener of Rutland and
Betty A. Little of Rutland Town. In the afternoon, local groups and
individuals will meet; Joe Whalen is Master of Ceremonies.
Local arts groups from around the region have been invited
including a few notable leaders including: Laura Wilder from The
Killington Arts Guild's Arts Poetica; Mary Crowley from The
Chaffee's Poetry; Donna Martin from Chittenden - Friday Music,
Yvonne Daley and local poets from the Green Mountain Writers
"Poetry and history are the textbooks to the heart of man, and
poetry is at once the most intimate and most enduring," Lowell also
Photo courtesy PSOV
Tamra Higgins to talk on "Why Poetry is
Important" at the Gables at East Mountain in