Here are a first few poems written this week during our spring Art Connects Us residency with poet Verandah Porche. These are pantoums, a poetic form originating in Malaysia. On Tuesday night, 24 area residents of all ages came to the Cook Library to hear Verandah read her captivating poems and to write one of their own. Leaving aside a few outliers, a common theme emerged in many of the poems. It really has been a very long cold winter. Here are three: [read more…]
To warm us up for National Poetry Month in April, Arts Council of Tamworth (ACT) is delighted to bring poet, mentor and scribe Verandah Porche to Tamworth as our spring Art Connects Us artist-in-residence. Community members of all ages will have several opportunities to play with words with Verandah, to learn from her, and to hear her poetry. You won’t be able to look at words in the same way once you’ve looked at them with Verandah. Verandah’s week will begin on Sunday, March 23, at 10:00 AM. She will lead a Poetry Service at the United Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes in Tamworth that will include poems, music, and the talk, “Finding the Verse in Conversation.” On Tuesday, March 25, at 7:00 PM at the Cook Library in Tamworth, Verandah will offer a Poetry Reading and Pantoum Workshop. All you Harry Potter fans out there: according to The New Yorker and Short List, Daniel Radcliffe is known to pen pantoums of an evening. Why? Because they’re really fun to write. This event is free; donations in support of ACT’s artist residencies in school and community are always welcome. On Wednesday, March 26 at 3:45 PM at the K. A. Brett School in Tamworth, Verandah will offer a professional development workshop for teachers, “Picturing Words: Teaching Descriptive Writing Through Poetry.” Verandah will be in residency at the Brett School from March 24-28. Homeschoolers who would like to participate can call 323-7271 for the schedule. The public is welcome to attend the Community Poetry Sharing at Brett at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 28.
“For forty years, based on a farm in Vermont,” Verandah says, “I’ve made a living stringing words together. I wanted my life to be a poem.” [read more…]