Poetry is Abloom on Vermont Edition, April 18th

Listen in this Monday to Vermont Public Radio’s Vermont Edition as I and other Vermont poets talk about what’s happening around the state with poetry. We’ll be talking to Jane Lindholm. They’ll also talk to Michelle Bailey of the Vermont Arts Council on the selection of the new state poet laureate.

[The Budding Poets Garden on Elm Street. Photo by Lucy Ferrada]

Guests include Julia Shipley, Geof Hewitt, Ben Aleshire, among others.

Live at 12 noon on Monday, April 18, 2011. Rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Stream it: www.vpr.net. I’m looking forward to it.

More info here

A Long Time

Driving home from South Burlington this afternoon, I caught the latter part of Jane Lindholm’s 2009 interview with Galway Kinnell on Vermont Public Radio—a repeat. Mr. Kinnell was one of the first poets I read when I embarked on my own self-study in 2003—having in mind that he was the quintessential Vermont poet. Everyone I knew loved his poetry. His books are stocked in every bookstore throughout the state. I had a vision of him in some cabin in a shady pocket of the Kingdom, pencil-scratching through notebooks, which kept piling up in a dark corner.

This is (was) my vision of a mountain poet, a Vermont poet. I imagined David Budbill, walking stick in hand, tooling along on wooded paths only he knows, and coming home to his cabin in the secret nook where he lives, to pencil-scratch away his meditations. And Robert Frost, who kept his cot in a few different cabins between Vt and NH. Hayden Carruth, Bob Arnold, Ruth Stone, the list goes on. Because we live in The Green Mountain State, I had a vision of what a crusty old Vermont poet should be. It always involved being a hermit in the mountains. I aimed to be one of them. Continue reading