Admittedly, I have never been a true lover of poetry – WAIT! Just hold on – before, I was never a lover of poetry. I was one of those people tortured by the terrible instruction of teachers untrained in sharing the true beauty of poetry. I come from a generation where memorization was important and the complete deconstruction of every word was necessary to really understand what the writer meant.
As the years passed, I started to see something new and to ask - What about loving poetry for what is is? What about letting the beauty of the words so perfectly crafted take you to a far away place, or conjure up an emotion you want to feel?
Reading poetry is tough sometimes, but listening to poetry is beautiful all of the time and fortunately here in Maine poetry events are very popular. On April 2, The Hive rekindled poetry with a spectacular spring event For the Love of Poetry. Featured poet Kevin Sweeney of Portland energized the audience with his wonderful and witty verse. Guests were also entertained with the poetry of David Weiss, Marla Backwell and Oliver Payne.
Portland’s acclaimed Colin Sargent will be the featured poet
May 7th at 7pm the Spring Thaw Poetry Event
at The Hive, Kennebunk, Maine
Colin Sargent, Ph.D is a novelist, playwright, and author of three books of poetry: Luftwaffe Snowshoes, Blush, and Undertow. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he has been awarded the Maine individual artist fellowship in poetry, a Stonecoast MFA in creative writing, and a Ph.D in creative writing from Lancaster University in the UK. His screenplay Montebello Ice is under option at Gideon Films. The Portland, Maine resident is founding editor and publisher of award-winning Portland Magazine as well as a board member of the literacy organization Maine Reads. Museum of Human Beings is his first novel. According to Publishers Weekly, “Playwright Sargent’s debut novel is a stylish look at the fate of Sacagawea’s baby son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau… An impressively rounded portrait of the laid-back, introspective, nomadic Baptiste, this novel will satisfy fans of American history.”
During the Spring Thaw event you will also hear the works of Charles Eastland, Pete Lee, Jeri Theriault, and Linda Aldrich.
Poetry events are free and open to the public. The evening begins at 7pm, doors open at 6pm. Grab a friend and make plans to sit at a table, enjoy some refreshments and Jazz by local musician Sal Hughes. Come, escape the stress of the day, allow the beauty of poetry to transport, transform and renew your spirit during The Hive’s Spring Thaw Poetry Event
Wednesday May 7th @ 7pm
The Hive 84 Main Street Kennebunk, Maine