Calliope Poetry Series

Calliope: Poetry for Community

Calliope ("Beautiful Voice") -- Muse of Poetry and Eloquence

    "I am your own way of looking at things," she said.

"When you allow me to live with you, every 

glance at the world around you will be a sort of salvation."

-- William Stafford, When I Met My Muse



Calliope Poetry Series at the West Falmouth Library


Calliope began as monthly poetry readings in January 2008, with the idea of bringing together well-known and emerging poets from far-flung places, as well as providing an open mike for local poets to read one of their works-in-progress. The West Falmouth Library’s community room, with working fireplace and wonderful acoustics creates an ideal place for poetry. After the three featured poets and open mike, there is a book signing and reception which gives the audience an opportunity to socialize with the poets. Strangers become poet-friends.

 approximately monthly from mid September to mid May (except December) on Sunday afternoons from 3 PM to 5 PM. For the exact schedule, see our Calendar of Events. The open mic sign-up begins at 2:45 PM.

On May 15, Calliope will conclude its ninth season with a reading by Brendan Galvin, Georgia Popoff, and Alice Kociemba, along with a special reception to celebrate the launch of Alice's new book, Bourne Bridge.

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Just Published: Bourne Bridge

By Alice Kociemba

Heirloom dishes that travel oceans, a favorite flannel shirt with a torn elbow, a mackerel sky foretelling change...Through such simple but telling details, these poems celebrate the ordinary moments of life that hold so much meaning. With a mixture of humor, poignancy, and keen insight, this collection pays tribute to the power of family, the influence of place, and the importance of relationships that, like the bridge in the title poem, provide the connections that sustain us.

"'Late August light is chiffon and shimmer,' Alice Kociemba writes in this book's exhilarating final section. The first two sections offer, in lean,uncompromising vignettes, a portrait of a hardscrabble Catholic upbringing in battered Boston, and show us why the speaker here might struggle to find faith in others or in herself, or in the possibility of shelter. But home, of course, is something both found and made. This poet's honest joy in the present's fleeting brightness—how we come, if we're lucky, into our own 'late August light'—makes it possible to perceive, in her concise and elegant poems, something like the shape of home."—Mark Doty

"Alice Kociemba's Bourne Bridge reckons with evanescence. These poems never forget that everything we cherish is always already fleeting, that childhood and seasons do end, that love departs, that lives are lost in myriad ways. At the same time, and in their sculpted syntax, honed images, and lyric grace, these poems reveal an abiding buoyancy of spirit."—Fred Marchant

Paperback: 96 pages
Published by Turning Point (WordTech Communications)

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"Homes for Poems"
-- Submitting Poems to Journals

This YouTube video is a recording of Alice Kociemba's presentation to the Cape Cod Branch of the American PEN Women at the Falmouth Art Center: "Homes for Poems" -- guidance an d ideas about sending poems to journals for publication.

The video, which originally aired on Falmouth Community TV and was produced by Marilyn Rowland. 

Interview with Alice Kociemba

 In August 2012, the Falmouth Art Center featured the exhibit "Artist's Choice, Poet's Choice." A blog post from Notes on the Arts contains an embedded video interview with Alice Kociemba and Suzy Bergman, Executive Director of the Falmouth Artists Guild. Click here to see the article.


For information on dates, times, and directions, including biographical information on our next featured poets, see our Calendar of Events page

Come, become enchanted by Calliope, the Muse of Poetry and Eloquence.

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