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Poetry Month Rockland

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ROCKLAND The coastal town of Rockland is well known for its vibrant visual arts community. But what Poet Laureate of Rockland Carol Bachofner wanted to do was highlight the art of poetry as well. Four years ago, she brought the idea to the local library staff, and Poetry Month Rockland was born.

'It is the one written medium that will connect with a wide range of people's emotions and life experiences,' said Bachofner. 'It's kind of a small taste, like going to a buffet of life: you get a little bit of emotion that you don't touch on an everyday basis. Loss. Or the joy you feel when you connect with nature. The pride you feel in your children. There are a lot of little emotions that can get encapsulated in poetry. It is also a way to connect with the dark areas in our lives that we don't want to deal with in too big of a bite.'

In the four years of its existence the Poetry Month has blossomed, something quite fitting this time of year. 

There are so many different ways to connect with poetry, including poems being posted in the windows of downtown businesses, poetry being left on the pillows of guest of historic inns in Rockland, poetry contests, films, talks and more. You aren't just invited to read poetry, you're invited in play with it, interact with it and see what you are capable of as a poet.

'It's a different way of expressing yourself. Sometimes, with an economy of words, you can have very few words and really pack a punch,' said Patricia King, Poetry Month co-chair of the Rockland Public Library. 'You can express so much with very few words. It's a different way to explore language.'

This year's theme is landscapes, and there will be a committee of visual artists who have created works of art that people are encouraged to respond to in poetic form.

'This is probably the biggest month of the year for me and I look forward to it all year,' said Bachofner. 'I like to see how people react to the poems. It's a great way to get life going again for me. Spring comes and poetry comes out, it seems like.'

The Book Stop (the library's used bookstore) will be having a special half-off sale on poetry books. New items of note this year include a juried art show, office hours for the Poet Laureate at the library and a special Earth Day Poetry Reading (a collaborative effort with Georges River Land Trust). For more information and for a calendar of events, visit or call (207) 594-0310.

Poetry Month Listings

Mondays at 11 AM, beginning April 1
Poet Laureate Office Hours: "The Poet Is In"
(Library Teen Scene Room)

Monday, April 1 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
"Landscape" Art Exhibit Opening
(Upstairs in the Library)

Wednesdays :
 Fireside Poetry (Library Reading Room)
April 3 at Noon: Community Read hosted by Carol Bachofner and Linda Buckmaster
April 10 at 3 PM: Oceanside High School Students
April 17 at Noon: Carol Bachofner, Jacob Fricke, Robert Libby, Gayle Portnow
April 24 at 3 PM:  Native American Poetry with Lacy Simons, Cheryl Savageau, Carol Bachofner

Wednesday, April 3 at 1:30 PM
How a Poem is Made: A Mini-Workshop with Poet Laureate Carol Bachofner
(Library Board Room)

Thursday, April 4 at 6:30 PM
Documentary: Louder than a Bomb (Library Community Room)

Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 PM
Native Tongue Poetry Reading at Asymmetrick Arts
(Co-sponsored by the
Penobscot School)
(405 Main Street, Rockland)

Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 PM
Poetry Reading : Dave Morrison, Kristin Lindquist & Elizabeth Tibbetts
(Library Community Room)

Wednesday, April 17 at 2:00 PM
Cooking for Little Men and Women
(Children's Room)

Thursday, April 18 (all day):
Poem in your Pocket Day (All over town)


Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 PM 

Film & Discussion: Millay at Steepletop
with discussion led by Mary Pilote, Millay scholar
(Library Community Room)

Sunday, April 21 at 1:30 PM
May Sarton:A Woman Ahead of Her Time- Film & Talk
(Library Community Room)

Monday, April 22 at 6:30 PM
Inspired by Nature: Earth Day Poetry Reading
(Co-Sponsored by
Georges River Land Trust)
(Library Reading Room)

Thursday, April 25 at 1:00 PM
Poetry at Oceanside East
(400 Broadway, Rockland)

Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 PM
Poetry Swarm and Announcement of Poetry Contest Winners
(Library Community Room)

Saturday, April 27 at 2:00 PM
Author Talk: The Life of Poet Wallace Stevens 
(Library Community Room)




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