Cof­fee House à la Po­etry

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - North Hat­ley, Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion, Rachel Gar­ber

Po­ets can be a bit bash­ful, they say, or maybe hum­ble. “Po­ems ar­rive ready to be­gin,” wrote poet Mary Oliver. “Po­ets are only the transportation.”

get a dozen or so po­ets to­gether, and you’ve got a reg­u­lar bash, with lots of laugh­ter and quirk­i­ness. And some thought-pro­vok­ing per­cep­tions. That’s what the Po­etry Cof­fee House pro­poses to of­fer on Fri­day, April 15, in North Hat­ley. The date is the ides of April, Po­etry Month.

Cof­fee House is be­ing or­ga­nized by Rev. Carole Mar­tig­nacco of UUEstrie, her­self a poet. She’s gath­ered to­gether a bunch of lo­cal po­ets, some renowned and prizewin­ning, some just try­ing their wings and all shades in-be­tween. In the lineup are Marjorie Bruh­muller, Heather Davis, Ann Hill, An­gela Leuck, Steve Lux­ton, Su­san Ma­caulay, Es­ther Saanum, and more.

poet will have about seven min­utes to read a few tid­bits of their po­etry, and maybe talk about it, if they wish. The read­ings will be punc­tu­ated with music and re­fresh­ments in a cof­fee house am­biance.

of the read­ings will likely be an 18-verse Renga that was col­lec­tively writ­ten by 19 po­ets last Sun­day at a Po­etry Party. Renga is a tra­di­tional Ja­panese-in­spired poem, with each verse link­ing to the one be­fore it, and each verse writ­ten by a dif­fer­ent per­son. And yes, the party was full of laugh­ter and quirk­i­ness.

“The idea is to show­case peo­ple’s tal­ent and in­vite peo­ple to en­joy the cre­ativ­ity of oth­ers. It’s a chance to hear po­ets read their own po­ems in a warm and sup­port­ive at­mos­phere,” said Mar­tig­nacco.

is wel­come to the Cof­fee House, she said, po­ets or not. It is in Stod­dard Hall, in the lower level of the old Univer­sal­ist Church build­ing now home of UUEstrie, a Uni­tar­ian Univer­sal­ist com­mu­nity. The ad­dress is 201 Main Street, North Hat­ley. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Get­ting their heads to­gether to put on the April 15th Po­etry Cof­fee House are (clock­wise, from left) Rev. cont'd page 13

Photo cour­tesy RA Gar­ber

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