Gloucester Poetry Without Paper and Rockport Paperless Poetry contests

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Christy Russo and John Ronan host the 2017 Poetry Without Paper youth poetry ceremony 

 

2019 poetry contests for children and teens:

Gloucester Poetry Without Paper Contest co-founded by Christy Russo and John Ronan through Sawyer Free Public Library is now in its 17th year! Submissions are due March 1 – April 30th. Read all about it here: https://sawyerfreelibrary.org/poetry-without-paper-contest/

The deadline for Rockport Poetry’s Paperless Poetry Contest is midnight March 31. Submissions can be sent by email: rockportpoetry@gmail.com. Sharon Chace is Rockport Poet Laureate. Read more here. 

National Poem in Pocket Day for 2019 is April 25

👏👏 A Mayor that ❤️ arts: Sefatia Romeo-Theken shares Ruthanne Collinson #pocketpoem ✍️

It’s free and simple to participate in National Poem in Your Pocket Day.  From Mayor Romeo-Theken:

“I’ve selected a poem by former poet laureate, Ruthanne “Rufus” Collinson, “Jumping In”. The view from my City Hall office is the building Collinson writes about, and the poem’s span of time and special moments –celebrating kids, seniors, connections and kindness– are music to read.”- Mayor Romeo-Theken, Gloucester, MA

JUMPING IN

I was 12 years old
dreaming already
of the life within life,
writing plays and poems,
clumsy beyond description
when I arrived at Central Grammar School,
to a daily journey over the bridge,
learning about the universe of Gloucester
from my new friends,
learning art and history and language
from my new teachers.
What I will never forget
is the lesson I learned from the kind eighth grade girls
on the playground.
In elementary school, I fell down everyday at recess,
playing jump rope, trying to jump in.
My new friends at Central Grammar
taught me to look up,
to wait until the rope swung high,
to wait for the thin shimmering line
to reach its highest arc,
to enter then
and begin to keep the rhythm.
And here I am today.
The school has become a residence for the elders
and, once again,
I am learning to jump in

-RUTHANNE “RUFUS” COLLINSON

Reminder- kids poetry contest is closing soon. Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Libraray childrens services Poetry Without Paper 2018 contest And send them to the Mayor’s office– she promises to read them!

✍️🎶Happy #pocketpoem day! Three from John Ronan. What poem will you share?

It’s free and simple to participate. Carry a Poem. Share a Poem.

John Ronan, a poet, playwright, journalist and a National Endowment for the
Arts Fellow in Literature, shares two sonnets: “The Parlor” and “The Lesson.”  And the very short, “Arrowhead.”

Arrowhead
The bifacial point, found in a potato
field in Maine, is still sharp,
a Micmac weapon or crafted heart
knapped from the whole cloth of stone.
Flint’s a slap in the face, elegist
relic only as long as you look.
Says: crow shadow and opaque.
Adds: I will exist without witness.

-John J. Ronan

John Ronan served as Gloucester’s Poet Laureate 2008-2010, maintaining the website resource dedicated to Gloucester poets, Gloucester Poet Laureate, and producing Salt and Light: An Anthology of Gloucester Poetry, published spring 2010. He is the host of the Cape Ann TV (now 1623 studios) program, The Writer’s Block.  His most recent anthology is Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown. He read “We, Helsmen” at Mayor Romeo Theken’s 2018 Inauguration. Ronan helped to establish Poetry without Paper; the 12th annual deadline for this beloved annual tradition is approaching. Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Libraray childrens services Poetry Without Paper 2018 contest 

2017 Call for Applications for Gloucester’s 5th POET LAUREATE is OPEN!

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 9

Links for: 2017 Poet Laureate application (digital format) or 2017 Poet Laureate application (PDF format submit 5 copies).

The City of Gloucester’s Committee for the Arts announces the release of the 2017 Call for Applications for the four year position of Gloucester Poet Laureate. 

The position of Gloucester Poet Laureate is dedicated to building community through poetry and encouraging a love of poetry among people of all ages.  The position was most recently held by the late Peter Todd, appointed in 2014.  During Peter’s time as Poet Laureate, he generously shared his talents with his beloved City of Gloucester. 

Under City Ordinance, the process to select the Poet Laureate is administered by the Committee for the Arts and will involve a Selection Panel including representatives from the local literary community thanks to Eastern Point Lit House and The Gloucester Writers Center.  A recommendation from the Selection Panel will be forwarded to the Committee for the Arts for review and then forwarded on to the Mayor for nomination, subject to confirmation by the City Council.

The Call for Applications is available for download at the Committee for the Arts page on the City website: http://gloucester-ma.gov/index.aspx?nid=102.  Copies also are available at the Sawyer Free Library, the City of Gloucester Mayor’s Office, Eastern Point Lit House, the Gloucester Writer’s Center, and other locales.  Applications must be submitted by 12 pm on Friday, June 9th , 2017. Contact Judith Hoglander, Committee for the Arts with any questions.

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Tomorrow Mayor Romeo Theken #pocketpoem by Peter Todd

What poem will you select to carry and share tomorrow for National Poem in Your Pocket Day  April 21, 2016?

Mayor Theken selected Little Child, a poem by Peter Todd, Gloucester Poet Laureate 2014-15.

Peter Todd Poem_ Little Child

City of Gloucester Mayor Romeo Theken National Poetry Month

Mayor Romeo-Theken encourages Gloucester students to send their original poem to the Office of the Mayor, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA, 01930 at any time throughout the year. She promises to read them! Students should include their name, which Gloucester school, their grade and teacher’s name.

For arts and culture, add your name to sign up sheets that are happening NOW or  email sefatia4arts@gloucester-ma.gov.

 

More Poem in Your Pocket around Cape Ann 

Rockport 2016

 

public art: 6 Days until Poem in Your Pocket Day

Since National Poem in Your Pocket Day falls on April 21 this year–during school vacation–here are a couple local reminders from two libraries:

From Valerie Marino at Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library: “Attached is a photo of our poetry display: “Take a poem, leave a poem”. There are copies of poems in the basket, most  by local poets  (Lisa Manning, Tom Revson, Gwen Carr, Vincent Ferrini and Charles Olson); everyone is encouraged to take a poem or leave one – (an original or one special to them). We will gladly make copies so many people can enjoy them!”

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At TOHP Burnham Public Library in Essex you can pick a poem from the library’s poem tree to read to friends and family. On the 21st they have planned a special evening of poetry for all including local poets Kent Bowker, Karin Gertsch, and former Gloucester Poet Laureate, Rufus Collinson. Reminder: the library has temporarily moved out of the Town Hall and is open at 245 Western Avenue.

Essex

Poem in Your Pocket Day is everyday  for some people, like my friend’s quiet poem tucking at Duckworths. I bet an FOB found one.

Peter Todd Fundraiser

Lucinda Seigel writes that Peter Todd, Gloucester’s poet laureate, is currently in the hospital facing an uncertain outcome. She forwards along the fund rasing information: Any checks going into the account will have to be made payable to Peter Albert Todd Fundraising Campaign only.  Checks can be sent or delivered to the bank.  Any questions can be directed to Shannon Randazza at the Bank of Gloucester:

Shannon Randazza

Customer Service Representative

srandazza@bankgloucester.com

160 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

978-283-8200 Ext. 213 Fax 978-2817283

New Gloucester Poet Laureate!

We have special inside info! Ruthanne (Rufus) Collinson has been officially recognized as the Gloucester Poet Laureate! A hearty congratulations to her and to us! We are looking forward to getting updates as to the poetic movement and happenings in Gloucester!

“Joey! I am honored to be a part of Good Morning Gloucester today. I absolutely love it and read it every night. Thank you! My poet laureate-ness was made official at the last council meeting. I hope that we can do some collaborating…

Blessings……Rufus”

Excerpt From Water Over Stones
…I hear the haul
of water
over a hundred thousand stones…

Check out more of her poetry here…

Check out her book, Traveling to You by Folly Cove Books at the Gloucester Public Library here…

or pick up a copy at one of our fine Gloucester bookstores…

John Ronan- Gloucester’s Poet Laureate

John Ronan, Gloucester’s Poet Laureate is looking for some good poetry from local commercial fishermen. If you are a commercial fisherman and do write poetry John would love to feature your work on his site-
gloucesterpoetlaureate.org

Here is John at the Gloucester Guerilla Art Project II/Russo Family Fundraiser-

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Check out John rockin’ the Nikes!^

Thanks To Sharon Lowe for the picture
John also has a website http://www.theronan.org/