Dear Calliope Community,
We look forward to seeing everyone at our next Calliope event this Sunday (Nov. 8), when Jenifer Browne Lawrence, Alan Feldman, Mary Kane, and Kirun Kapur read at the West Falmouth Library from 3 to 5 p.m. You can learn more about each of these fine, accomplished poets below, but first we have one last “advance preview” for you, this time from Mary Kane. Mary teaches writing at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and has been active in the local poetry circles for many years. The following poem is from her collection Door (2013, One Bird Books).
How She Measured Time after That
A poem stands before me. It has mud all over its feet
and the bottom of its trousers. There’s been trouble,
I can tell. The poem hangs its head and starts moving the fingers
of its left hand like it’s looking for a cigarette. I don’t smoke
but I keep a pack around for times like this. Here, I say,
handing the poem a smoke. How about some bourbon, I ask
and pour myself a shot. When it lifts its gaze, I see
I’ve been mistaken. This poem’s been digging in a place
words never went. This poem knows the brother we gave
away. This poem knows his milk-soft hands, the brother
who never learned to speak. It’s even interviewed
my mother about the day she had to pack his clothes
and how she measured time after that. How about some tea,
I ask the poem, and the poem nods, its face filling
with puffy white clouds against the deepest blue I’ve ever seen.
Join us on Nov. 8 to hear more of Mary’s, Alan’s, Jenifer’s, and Kirun’s work. (Because of the packed schedule, there will be no open mic this month.) To learn more about each poet or get driving directions, go to www.calliopepoetryseries.com.
See you at Calliope!
About the Poets
Alan Feldman’s new collection, Immortality, was awarded the Four Lakes Prize, and it was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in March 2015. His book A Sail to Great Island won the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry and was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2004. And his previous collection, The Happy Genius won the Elliston Book Award for the best collection of poetry published by an independent press in the United States. His poems have appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2001 & 2011, and in the 2016 edition of Common Threads, the poetry discussion project of Mass Poetry. He has received fellowships in poetry from The National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation. Alan is a professor emeritus of English at Framingham State University, and is a summer resident of Wellfleet, MA, where he offers free, drop-in poetry workshops at the Wellfleet Library.
Mary Kane is the author of a full-length collection, Door (One Bird Books, 2013), and two chapbooks, She Didn’t Float (Harlequin Ink) and After We Talk About the Recent Deaths of Our Parents and about Compassion as Handled by Chekhov (Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press). Her poems have appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal and on Poetry Daily and Poem of the Moment (masspoetry.org). Mary received her MFA from Vermont College and teaches writing at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. She lives in Falmouth with her husband, Vincent, and her daughter, Lily.
Kirun Kapur is the winner of the Arts & Letters Rumi Prize in Poetry (2012), and the Antivenom Poetry Award for her first book, Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist (Elixir Press, 2015). Her poems have appeared in AGNI, Poetry International, FIELD, and many other journals. Kirun is the founder and director of the North Shore arts program The Tannery Series, and she serves as Poetry Editor at The Drum Literary Magazine. She has taught creative writing at Boston University and has been awarded fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Vermont Studio Center, and the MacDowell Colony. She was recently named an “Asian-American poet to watch” by NBC news. Kirun grew up in Honolulu and now lives north of Boston.
Jenifer Browne Lawrence is the author of Grayling and One Hundred Steps from Shore. Her awards include the Perugia Press Prize, the Orlando Poetry Prize, the James Hearst Poetry Prize, the Potomac Review poetry award, and a Washington State Artist Trust GAP grant. Jenifer’s recent work appears in Los Angeles Review, Narrative, North American Review, Rattle, and elsewhere. She was raised in Alaska, works in civil engineering, and lives on the Puget Sound in Washington State, where she edits Crab Creek Review.
About Calliope: Poetry for Community
Founded in January 2008 by Alice Kociemba, Calliope seeks to foster and celebrate community through a shared appreciation of poetry. The readings have featured both well-known and emerging poets, and many have included an open mic for local poets. For more information about upcoming events, go to calliopepoetryseries.com.