Poems Around Town project brings poems to public

BRATTLEBORO — To celebrate National Poetry Month, and poetry's life and wellness over the pandemic, three area writing organizations have collaborated on “Poems Around Town,” a project placing poems written over the past year into downtown shop and restaurant windows.

Stroll downtown, and you will find more than 50 poems written by 35 authors. Participating local and regional poets range from unpublished-but-passionate to well-known literary figures, such as Sydney Lea, past poet laureate of Vermont, and Alice Fogel, past poet laureate of New Hampshire.

The poems, attractively mounted, will be on display through April.

A reading will take place this spring.

A handout listing the venues and the poems will be available at both ends of Main Street - at the Brattleboro Food Co-op and Brooks Memorial Library - and at the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce. The project also uses venues on Flat and Elliot streets.

“This pandemic year has been for many a time of slowing down and reflection, often amidst very difficult circumstances,” project organizers write in a news release. “We believe there is healing in sharing those reflections on the page, in a form that requires attention and care.”

This is a project of Write Action, Time To Write, and the Brattleboro Literary Festival. For questions, write to [email protected].

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