The tenderness with which he views life in the town of Belmont, Massachusetts is both unexpected and captivating. And yet these poems about the commonplace of our lives are offset by a deep unease with both what is and the alternatives to what is.
Opportunities to experience poetry are sought after by many, and the Peabody Institute Library strives to create opportunities for community members to do just that. Through writing workshops, discussion groups, classes, and author visits, the library reaches out to the poetry community of the North Shore, offering multiple events each year all free to the public.
"I write early drafts in longhand in unlined sketchbooks. I can feel the letters and words more deeply when I write by hand, and this strengthens my connection with the sounds. Eventually I key a new poem into my computer, but if I’m having a thorny problem with revision, I often go back to longhand explorations. I read later drafts aloud to myself and eventually record myself reading them."
Poetry is Duhamel’s affirmative answer to all that life throws at her, from the dissolution of love to the certain knowledge that our time here is limited. Though she will welcome you with the familiar or even the frivolous, she will drop you off at the big questions of transcendence and mystery.
"The dusty manacles of what we think poetry and theatre are still weigh on us. But though the outdated or overwrought may give our art a bad name, they also provide the springboard for our minds to be blown by the true, clear voice of those gifted few who pierce thru and captivate us."
It’s easy to become addicted to Rita Dove’s poetry. She draws us in with her clear, direct approach. Once involved, we become ensnared in the allusiveness and subtlety of her diction and imagery. Seemingly straight-forward poems like “I have been a stranger in a strange land,” unfold into complex and subtle mysteries.