PoemTown Randolph Begins April 1

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Communities / Mar. 26, 2015 11:03am EDT

On Wednesday, April 1, downtown Randolph will turn into a village-wide anthology of poetry as PoemTown Randolph kicks off its second annual celebration of National Poetry Month.

Poets of all ages from all over the state of Vermont submitted 178 poems, impressing organizers with the depth of interest in poetry and the quality of the submitted poems. After much deliberation, four volunteer readers chose 103 poems in a blind reading. These will be printed on large posters and displayed in storefront windows, on church doors, and other venues throughout town, visible for perusing for the entire month of April.

A series of events is planned for the whole month as well. Appropriately, everything begins on April Fools’ Day, with a public open-mike poetry reading at the White River Craft Center at the end of Randolph Avenue. The theme of the evening is humorous poetry. Readers are welcome to come and read their own funny poetry or bring something amusing from their bookshelves at home. A supper will be prepared by RTCC culinary students which will be served at 6 p.m., and admission is by donation, with the readings beginning at 7 p.m.

There are other readings planned throughout the month. Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea enjoyed himself so much last year that he is returning to the Three Bean Café on Pleasant Street on Thursday, April 9. Supper begins at 5:30 p.m. and the reading at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited and reservations are required for this special event, by calling 728-3533.

Middlebury poet Gary Margolis will read his poetry at One Main Pub and Grill on Merchants Row on Sunday, April 12. Local poet Carl Russell will read his farm-themed poetry at the Black Krim Tavern on Merchants Row Monday, April 20, beginning at 7 p.m.

A musical celebration of poetry is planned with Bethel poet Danny Dover and pianist/composer Dorothy Robson and guitarist Greg Ryan. They will offer musical responses to Dover’s poetry at Chandler Music Hall in the Esther Mesh Room of the Upper Gallery on Sunday, April 26 at 7 p.m. The presentation will be followed by a reception of Decadent Desserts.

The final reading of the month will be held at Kimball Public Library on Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m., with six poets reading from their book, “Perhaps it was the Pie.”

To generate more poets in our region, an introductory poetry writing workshop is planned for Wednesday, April 15, when Sharon poet Ina Anderson will lead a group of interested participants at the Allen House on the VTC campus, beginning at 7 p.m. If interest is generated after this first session, the group can continue to meet thereafter. There is no cost for the workshop which is open to everyone who would like to try their hand at writing.

The organizers found many short poems among the submissions, so look for baskets of colored eggs with little poems tucked inside, placed in a number of downtown businesses. These “Egg Poems” can be purchased for a donation to help defray some of the costs of Poem- Town 2015.

For more information about PoemTown Randolph, contact Janet Watton at 728-9402 or musbird@gmail.com.

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