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POETRY MONDAY: August 4, 2014  

Monday, August 4th, 2014



Chris Waters

We’re especially delighted this month to bring you a poet from outside the borders of the U.S. Chris Waters, of Devon, U.K., is a free-lance poet/tutor/storyteller who has worked extensively across southwest England with young and adult groups and audiences. Although performance is his forte, he is equally good on the  age, as you will see below. His poetry has won several national prizes, including the Bridport, which he won twice. He was also a finalist for the Plough Prize, Devon, and for Poetry Wivenhoe. In 2010 he was Writer-in-Residence at the Appledore Book Festival. (more…)

Poetry Editor Irene Willis’s Poetry Reading

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014


If any of you are planning to be in the Berkshires this month, our Poetry Editor, Irene Willis, will be reading and signing books, together with another Poetry Monday poet, Karen Chase,  at the Stanmeyer Gallery/Shaker Dam Coffee House, 2 West  Main Street, West Stockbridge. It’s on Thursday, August 14th,  at 7:30 p.m.  The reading is co-sponsored by upstreet (yes, the lower case is deliberate)  magazine and Berkshire Magazine, is free and open to the public, and promises to  be both celebratory and delightful.  Readers of Poetry Monday will get a special discount for Irene Willis’ books, and she will love saying hello to you in person.

Reminder by Irene Willis

Sunday, July 13th, 2014


The latest poetry collection by our Poetry Editor, Irene Willis, is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and through all bookstores. It’s called “Reminder.” A description and sample poems are on the publisher’s Click here for the Publisher’s website


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Burning Off the Page: Faith Jones on Celia Dropkin

Saturday, July 12th, 2014


Click Here to Read:  Yeddies fun YIVO: Burning Off the Page: Faith Jones on Celia Dropkin by Leah Falk on the YIVO website.

Poetry Monday: July 7, 2014

Monday, July 7th, 2014


Charlotte Mandel has published eight books of poetry, the most recent, Life Work from David Robert Books. Previous titles include Rock Vein Sky and Sight Lines from Midmarch Arts Press, and two poem-novellas of feminist biblical revision—The Life of Mary, with foreword by Sandra M. Gilbert, and The Marriages of Jacob. Her verse play, The Gardener’s Wife appears on Verse Wisconsin, with audio. She founded and coordinated the Eileen W. Barnes Award to publish a first book by a woman over forty, and edited Saturday’s Women, co-edited by Rachel Hadas and Maxine Silverman. Her awards include the New Jersey Poets Prize, two fellowships in poetry from New Jersey State Council on the Arts, residencies at art colonies including a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation fellowship at Yaddo. (more…)

The art of the metaphor – Jane Hirshfield Ted Talk

Sunday, July 6th, 2014


Click Here to Read:   The art of the metaphor – Jane Hirshfield a Ted Ed Originals Talk on The Ted Website.

James Joyce, A New Irish Novelist And his book, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.”

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014


Click Here to Read: James Joyce, A New Irish Novelist And his book, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.” by John Quinn on the Vanity Fair website in Feburary 24, 1917,

Reminder, Poems by Irene Willis

Saturday, June 21st, 2014


Click Here to Read:  Reminder, Poems by Irene Willis on the Word Poetry Books website.

1928-2014: Maya Angelou, writer, performer and participant in the civil rights movement

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014


Click Here to Read:  1928-2014: Maya Angelou, writer, performer and participant in the civil rights movement By Isaac Finn and Sandy English on the World Socialist Web Site on June 18, 2014.

Click Here to Read:   Maya Angelou, writer and poet, dies at age 86 on this website.

Click Here to Read: Poetry Monday: June 2, 2014 on Maya Angelou on this Website.

POETRY MONDAY: June 2, 2014

Monday, June 2nd, 2014


On Inaugural Poetry

Few of us who were alive and watching then will forget Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961. There were the almost heartbreaking moments as he struggled in bright sunlight to read the text of the poem he had composed for the occasion and then abandoned it and recited from memory a Kennedy favorite, “The Gift Outright,” changing a line at the end to make it, as he said, “more hopeful.” It was thrilling not only to see and hear the great Frost himself but to realize that poetry had become part of our national celebration. (more…)

Maya Angelou, writer and poet, dies at age 86

Thursday, May 29th, 2014


Click Here to Read and View:  Maya Angelou, writer and poet, dies at age 86 by Emma Brown in The Washington Post on May 28, 2014.

Video:  Maya Angelou, one of America’s most celebrated poets, novelists and civil-rights activists has passed away. Angelou, who served on two Presidential committees and was awarded numerous awards, was 86 years old.

Click Here to Read:  Maya Angelou, Lyrical Witness of the Jim Crow South, Dies at 86 By Margalit Fox in The New York Times on  May 28, 2014.

Poetry with Patrick Rosal and Jean Valentine

Monday, May 26th, 2014



Click Here to Read: Responses: Poetry with Patrick Rosal and Jean Valentine on June 14, 2014 at 2:00-3:30 pm.

Will V-Day Be Me-Day Too? by Langston Hughes

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Will V-Day Be Me-Day Too?
Langston Hughes, 1902 – 1967

Over There,
World War II.
Dear Fellow Americans,

I write this letter
Hoping times will be better
When this war
Is through.
I’m a Tan-skinned Yank
Driving a tank.


POETRY MONDAY: May 5, 2014

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Maxine Kumin: A Postlude

Those of us still mourning the loss of former U.S.Poet Laureate
Maxine Kumin, who died on February 6 of this year at 88, have a welcome
gift, knowing that she didn’t stop. Her new book, And Short the Season
(New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2014) is available now, and her voice
is as strong as it has always been. Sharp-eyed, keen-witted and ironic
as ever, she shies away from nothing in this collection, dedicated to her
daughter Judith, whom we feel we have watched grow in some
earlier poems. Maxine loved the earth, dogs, animals, her husband (more…)

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

by Eugene Mahon

A Note from the Poetry Editor:

This evening, and continuing until tomorrow evening, is the 2014  observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day – called, alternatively, Holocaust Memorial Day.  Because we have in our files a strong poem about this solemn day by one of our readers, Eugene Mahon, we have obtained his permission to post it today for your reflection.


Irene Willis


Holocaust Remembrance Day

At dawn
the dead arose again, (more…)

POETRY MONDAY: April 7, 2014

Monday, April 7th, 2014


Howard Stein

Happy Poetry Month, everyone!   You who are readers of this column probably agree that every month should be poetry month, but we have to take whatever we can get.  Perhaps those of you who don’t always buy poetry books will think about a visit to your local independent bookstore, if you’re lucky enough to still have one, to look at the various slim new volumes on display as well as the collected and new / selected works of your old favorites.  If you do have a poetry library of your own, you might want to note the publishers’ names and then go online to look for their web pages and order directly from them.  This can be our way of celebrating what many of us cannot live without.

Our featured poet this month is Howard Stein, who is Poet Laureate of the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology.  He is a psychoanalytic, medical, organizational, and applied anthropologist, as well as a psychohistorian and organizational consultant – all of which disciplines inform and inspire (more…)

Keep Hidden From Me

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014


Click Here to Read:  The Sunday Poem: Keep Hidden From Me by Rachel Korn,  translated Carolyn Kizer on the website on March 30th, 2014.

Rachel Korn


Monday, March 24th, 2014

Upcoming Programs

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THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014 | 6:30pm

Acclaimed filmmaker Péter Forgács, creator of the installation Letters to Afar, returns to YIVO for a screening and discussion of his award-winning film (more…)

A Note from the Poetry Editor

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

It’s not Poetry Monday yet, but we’re posting this sonnet by our reader, Eugene Mahon, because of its timeliness. We’re all still saddened by this loss.

In Honor of Maxine Kumin



Holding nothing back she wrote each line
Of verse as if it were her last, Frost’s
Advice taken to heart. “Sharpens the mind”
She might have said “to never think of costs
Only values”.  A line of verse is worth
Something if it surprises you with what
You thought you knew but didn’t until the birth
Came screaming through your thighs and caught
You unawares. All beauty must surprise
At first before the getting used to. Soon
Enough it becomes essential, life mere lies
Without it. This she knew for sure, a boon
She offered us in words life-seasoned, wise,
A vision’s reach beyond the grasp of eyes.

Eugene Mahon   March 9, 2014

Poetry Monday: May 5th, 2008

Monday, March 3rd, 2014


Maxine Kumin


Long before there was a Poet Laureate of the United States, there was a Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.  Maxine Kumin, one of our most beloved American poets, had that honor.  She has also been Poet Laureate of  New Hampshire,  a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, winner of a Pulitzer Prize as well as many other prestigious fellowships and awards.  One or more of her many books (sixteen poetry collections, a stirring memoir, four novels, a short-story collection, four books of essays and more than twenty children’s books) surely must be on some of your shelves already.