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Calling All Poets! Open Mic in Rockport

A tradition of the Motif No.1 Day arts festival is to feature poets from Cape Ann and their work in a poetry reading, which takes place each year at 4pm.

This year the event is hosted by Christopher Anderson of the Eastern Point Lit House, and will take place in an open mic format. Poets and readers of all ages welcome. Come early for the other literary events at the festival (the Magnetic Poetry Slam, Book Spine Poetry, selections from Shakespeare presented by Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe, and more) and stay for the Words Before Dinner Poetry Reading.

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Click HERE for a general festival Schedule of Events.

Out in the street around the bend

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Have you seen the custom sign designed for the Gloucester Writers Center on East Main Street? I sent a picture of the drive by view to Henry Ferrini. He sent back “an interior shot of the sign with an effigy of Vincent working at his typewriter”  looking out their new-ish (2014) window thanks to another helpful grant of the Community Preservation Act.

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The sign was made by Cheryl’s Signs in Gloucester and installed last fall. Ferrini added: “William Taylor who is on the board of the Gloucester Writers Center should get all the kudos. He came up with the idea and executed it.” Look out the window and listen:  Henry plays a part in the captivating restoration of classical radio WCVA-FM www.wcva.com. Turn it on.

This week: poets Jay Featherstone reading with Carol Seitchik at the Gloucester Writers’ Center, Wed April 6, 7:30 pm.

 

Annual Day in April is Simple Yet Profound – Kids Clutching Poems…

Catherine Ryan submits ~

unnamedQueuing and sharing. Poem in Your Pocket Day fell on April 30. The power of poetry and listening was unforgettable. Try it yourself next year—bring extra Kleenex.

Mayor Romeo-Theken encourages Gloucester students to send their original poem to the Office of the Mayor, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA. She promises to read them! Students should include their name, which Gloucester school, their grade and teacher’s name.

Look for Poem in Your Pocket Day each April. It’s free and simple to participate. Carry a Poem. Share a Poem. For more information, search for Poem in Your Pocket Day (PIYP Day) Academy of American Poets (www.poets.org) or New York City’s excellent web site, http://www.NYC.gov/poem. PIYP Day started in NYC in 2002 inspired by theFavorite Poem Project established in 1997 by Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States. East Gloucester Elementary initiated PIYP Day in 2012 because it always celebrates literacy and arts. Students are encouraged to submit poems to the Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library’s Poetry without Paper contest.

The honorary post for the Gloucester Poet Laureate was created in 1998. There have been four poet laureates: Vincent Ferrini was the City’s first, then John Ronan, Ruthanne Collinson, and the current Poet Laureate, Peter Todd. The Committee for the Arts helps select a new Poet Laureate every four years.

Special thanks to the students; Mayor Romeo-Theken; East Gloucester Elementary school teachers and staff– especially Literacy Coach Melissa Francis; EGS PTO; poet laureate, Peter Todd, and former laureates John Ronan and Rufus Collinson. Student Cal White read Peter Todd’s poem, Friendship, for morning message. Visit Gloucester’s website for more information and to read the poems shared by the poet laureates.

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Submit Your Short Film or Poem for Rockport’s Upcoming Festival!

 

The Red Shed Film FestSUBMIT YOUR FILM FOR THE RED SHED FILM FEST ON ROCKPORT’S MOTIF No.1 DAY Are you a filmmaker? Apply to screen your film at the Red Shed Film Festival on Motif No.1 Day in Rockport! The Red Shed is a micro film festival featuring selected shorts produced on Cape Ann or with Cape Ann as the subject. The history, geography, art, people, city and towns of Cape Ann are all suitable for treatment — anything that conveys the region’s sense of place. The Red Shed Film Festival takes place on Saturday, May 17, 2014 as part of Rockport’s annual Motif No.1 Day festival of the arts. The Guidelines for Entries: Films must come in under 15 minutes and should be produced on, or be about, Cape Ann. Film structure and genre can be fiction or non-fiction, abstract or literal, linear or non-linear – play with your aesthetic tastes.Application does not guarantee screening. As such, a winner in this festival is anyone whose film is chosen to be screened. If your piece is chosen to be screened, you will be contacted based on the information you provide in the application (email or phone probably). Please submit your film at: www.rockportartfestivals.com/motif-1-festival-events/film-festival. For more information please contact granitevisions@gmail.com 978.290.9200 or go to http://www.rockportartfestivals.com

SUBMIT YOUR WORK FOR THE “WORDS BEFORE DINNER LITERARY EVENT” ON ROCKPORT’S MOTIF No.1 DAY! Have you written a poem or essay with Cape Ann as its theme? If so, we’d love to have your submission for the annual Words Before Dinner Literary event, taking place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 17th in downtown Rockport as part of the town’s Motif No. 1 Day festival. Readers will share selections of their own work from poems to brief essays (under 750 words) featuring the beauty, history, industry art and landscape of Cape Ann as inspiration. Please submit your work for consideration to rockportfestivals@gmail.com and plan to join other members of Cape Ann’s literary community for a few Words Before Dinner on May 17th. For more information go to www.rockportartfestivals.com or call 978-546-2861

The GloucesterCast Podcast Episode 9

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In this episode- Patty Knaggs on WBUR, Abby Ytzen/Captain Joe and Sons seARTS Partner With An Artist Exhibit May 21st, Kenny’s Strange Footwear, community garden at Burnham field, tomato release day is coming up at Goose Cove, Gloucester reads poetry and Sawyer Free Library, Khan Studio/ Good Morning Gloucester Gallery on Rocky Neck, Kenny’s Real Estate Segment

Patty Knaggs on WBUR http://radioboston.wbur.org/2011/05/11/home-selling-market

Abby Ytzen/Captain Joe and Sons seARTS Partner With An Artist Exhibit May 21st

Kenny’s Strange Footwear, community garden at Burnham field,

tomato release day is coming up at Goose Cove may 25 http://www.goosecovegardens.com/

Gloucester reads poetry and Sawyer Free Library- Joey’s Poem Here

Khan Studio/ Good Morning Gloucester Gallery on Rocky Neck

, Kenny’s Real Estate Segment

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Good Morning Gloucester- The Poem

Last night an interesting swath of diverse Gloucester folk were invited to recite their favorite poem at the Sawyer Free Library.  I happened to be one of those people invited to read.  Instead of reading someone else’s poem I decided it would be a good idea to work on my own after our good FOB Deb Clarke suggested the idea.  With a little help from Snoop Maddie Mad and The Bean we put together a little something.

I’m not sure why I get so goddamn emotional when I speak about G-Town.  Not sure if you can tell from the video but I was pretty much a wreck.  It probably had something to do with not wanting to do a disservice to the city I love or the blog for which I’m obviously insanely passionate about but I sort of get overwhelmed at times when I speak about them.

Anyway I’d like to thank the Sawyer Free Library Lyceum and host Rufus Collinson for inviting me.  I’d like to thank my great poetry contributors Snoop Maddie Mad and The Bean, and I’d like to thank everyone who came out for the event including our very own E.J.

Written and Read For The Sawyer Free Library Lyceum Sponsored Program- Gloucester Reads Poetry

Look for many of the other invited readers’ videos as the week goes on, I know the camera ran out of memory about half way through so I didn’t get to capture everyone unfortunately.

GOOD MORNING GLOUCESTER

Good Morning Gloucester, Open Your Eyes
What Do You See?

Gloucester At Dawn, Fishing Boats Heading To Sea
Working Boats- Lobster Boats- Gillnetters, Draggers and Seiners

Marine Industrial Flowers- Rocky Neck Flowerboxes- Thorny Rosa Rugosa, Fragrant and Colorful Along The Rocky Back Shore

The Sound Of The Dory Oars Clacking Away As The International Dory Boat Racers Practice Before Work

Beautiful Industry Comes Alive- The Fishhouses Hum- The Trucks Bring Our Seafood Harvest To Market

The Herring Boats Pump- The Gulls Fight For The Scraps

As Morning Comes The Community Gathers To Fuel Up At The Lone Gull, The Pleasant St Tea Company and Cape Ann Coffee- “Hey Joe, How Ya Been?”

Planners Start Planning- Doers Start Doing- Road Races – Block Parties- The Fiesta- The Horribles Parade- The Schooner Festival- The Lanesville Parade- Art Haven- Art Coloniy- seART- Nights On The Neck- The Sidewalk Bazaar- The Farmers Market- The Fish Box Derby -The Middle Street Walk- Celebrate Gloucester- Harbor Loop Concerts – The Lobster Trap Tree- A Sheer Embarrassment Of Cultural Events That Bedroom Communities Can Only Envy

Writing Gloucester- Painting Gloucester- Singing Gloucester-Eating Gloucester- Breathing Gloucester

All That Doing’s Got Me Hungry Joe

No Worries- We Can Always Pop Into Virgilio’s for A Nice St Joseph’s Sandwich, or What The Hell A Slice O’ Pizza At 9AM at Sclafaini’s

Let’s Take A Ride Shall We?  A Quickie – Spin The Beach By The Footbridge First and Then Head Round East Gloucester (God’s Country, Don’t You Know?) First The Back Shore, Farrington Ave Past Niles Beach Down East Main and Back To The Dock

Offload Those Lobster Boats Joe- Get ‘Em In Get ‘Em Out and Get Paid, Ain’t That The Way?

Well Works All Done Kid, Dusk Is Settin’ In.

Time To Head Home To The Bean and Snoop Maddie Mad

A Quick Ride Down Main St To Check On My Peeps and Give A Wave- “What Up Homie?”

Down Past The Man at The Wheel and Look Out To Dogbar-

Sun’s Settin’ Joe

Good Evening Gloucester

Here is a picture courtesty Sawyer Free Library of the readers for the event-

Whoever is not living on the Edge is taking up too much room

Mixed Media Painting by E.J. Lefavour

This poem was written by my dear friend, Bina Benestante. It epitomizes life on Cape Ann to me, so I wanted to share it with all of you. You have to read all the way to the end to catch the magic.

EDGE
(“Whoever is not living on the edge, is taking up too much room!”)
By Sabina Troger Benestante

Out on the edge again
One step away: a deep, steep abyss,
Yawning before my feet.
I’m standing on a towering cliff top,
High above the sea.

Gusts of cold wind whip my face
Spraying white foam on roaring waves
Forever breaking, breaking at the rough rock’s edge.
A carnivorous bird is shooting like an arrow
Down at some hapless creature of the sea
As suddenly the clouds rip open, like a ghoulish wound

A sunbeam crashes through, furrowing
A narrow band of fiery lava
Into the waves, stretching as far as the horizon
The wind is howling…

Other people exist in soft, lush valleys, I complain,
Above them clear blue skies, sweet air, a feathery cloud.
Completely cozy, they listen to the willows’ whispers,
Growing around a calm and shallow pond
Maybe next to a brook, sheltered by elms,
With flimsy butterflies, dancing above unruffled meadows
Of fragrant summer grass…

While I forever find myself just barely hanging in there
My nails like claws, clutching bare rock, and by my teeth’s skin merely holding on: Why me?
Yeah, God answered. But you have the view.

“May you slip a little, drift a little, swim way out…”

As you pass through
the seasons of yourself…
May you slip a little,
drift a little,
swim way out,
lose yourself occasionally
in the fragrance
and the fire,
be a little blown away,
be a little certain,
find the hearth that waits for you
in every kind of weather.

Congratulations to Ruthanne Collinson,
leading contender for Poet Laureate of Gloucester!
Ruthanne (Rufus) Collinson is the leading contender to succeed John Ronan as the city’s next poet laureate with approval by the Committee for the Art’s Poet Laureate Selection Panel.

She has worked as a journalist, photographer, bookkeeper and turkey farmer. Her poems have appeared in various journals for the field of experiential education. Two books of her poetry have been published by Folly Cove Books, Turning the Stones (1997) and Traveling to You (2008). Rufus is currently Manager of Communications for Project Adventure and lives in Gloucester. Read more of her poetry…

…No coddled cape, no sandbar

…”Waves break on outcrop rock: granite,
fire-formed and hard, headland granite –
no coddled cape, no sandbar,
and nothing soft in her city, no knickknack,
Gloucester-by-God, attitude granite.
The beaches are broken by wetland, woods of oak
and pine, grace in paintscape chasms, coves,
the harbor of ships, sailboats, a fishing fleet”… Continue reading

Good Harbor, Home
(Gloucester inaugural poem, January 1, 2002)
JOHN J. RONAN
, Poet Laureate of Gloucester, MA

…At the helm, bronzed hands grip a spoked wheel

…”At the helm, bronzed hands grip a spoked wheel,
sou’wester and visage age to a patina.
My father was one who sailed from this harbor

And returned with a trip of fish
all but one voyage, but you take note
of they that go down to the sea in ships.”… Continue reading

Verdigris – The Man at the Wheel
BY PAMELA MANSFIELD

…he’d pulled two men out of the sea one night

…”Years ago I heard from others
how he’d pulled two men out of the sea one night
off Eastern Point. They’d not been able to shed their jacks
when the ship went over, and when he caught them
they were going down too. He hauled them into Brace’s Cove,
even though the shore wasn’t there, it was such a storm and the sea so big
it had turned the Lily Pond
into an arm of itself.” … Continue reading

Maximus, to Gloucester: Letter 2
BY CHARLES OLSON

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