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Village Square Booksellers hosts a weekly Poetry Workshop led by Jim Fowler and a monthly 2nd Saturday Open Mic Poetry session, led by Jim Fowler and Audrey Boerum, member of the River Voices.Village Square Booksellers also has hosted poetry readings by individual New England Poets or poetry groups. In 2005, we organized the Voices of the Connecticut River Poetry Festival with the River Voices and Great River Arts. Poet Laureates Grace Paley (Vermont) and Marie Harris (New Hampshire) read their poetry at local schools. We also held an Ekphrasis Poetry Workshop, combining art (photos and original artwork) with poetry.Our Poetry Section includes books by many local poets.
Readers will discover many facets of Fargnoli's voice, but two attributes that will most impress readers are, first, the almost shimmering gladness with which Ms. Fargnoli replies to the gifts of beauty and of human love; and, second, the compassion with which she addresses whatever is beyond her own intimate surroundings.-Mary Oliver
Duties of the Spirit comprises deeply moving, lyrical and unforgettable explorations of the joys and fears that come with growing older in America.
Patricia Fargnoli, a retired psychotherapist, is a Macdowell fellow and associate editor of The Worcester Review. Her first book, Necessary Light, was selected by Mary Oliver for the May Swenson Poetry Award, Utah State University Press, 1999.
Just before her death in 2007 at the age of eighty-four, Grace Paley completed this wise and poignant book of poems. Full of memories of friends and family and incisive observations of life in both her beloved hometown, New York City, and rural Vermont, the poems are sober and playful, experimenting with form while remaining eminently readable. They explore the beginnings and ends of relationships, the ties that bind siblings, the workings of dreams, the surreal strangeness of the aging body--all imbued with her unique perspective and voice. Mournful and nostalgic, but also ruefully funny and full of love, Fidelity is Grace Paley's passionate and haunting elegy for the life she was leaving behind.