Guess who's coming to Salem in May?
The sixth Massachusetts Poetry Festival will be held May 2-4, 2014 in downtown Salem. Here’s a partial list of the extraordinary poets coming to what promises to be our best festival yet.
Kim Addonizio • Lucie Brock-Broido • Rafael Campo • Carol Ann Duffy • Oliver de la Paz • Cornelius Eady • Rhina Espaillat • Forrest Gander • David Ferry • Li-Young Lee • Philip Levine • Susan Rich • Vivian Shipley • C.D. Wright
And we’re not done yet! We are still adding to this amazing lineup. Stay tuned in the next weeks and months for more announcements on the featured poets joining us in May. Visit our website for updates and news about the festival.
As part of the Festival, the Jamaica Pond Poets will present a reading on "Poetry and the Otherworldly".
Date: Saturday, May 3, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: Library room of the Hawthorne Hotel at 18 Washington Square
Please mark your calendars and join us!
Is pressed by unseen feet, and ghosts return
Gently at twilight, gently go at dawn
T.S. Eliot, To Walter De La Mare
Ghosts are a metaphor for remembrance, connecting us to worlds we cannot know and can only imagine. Poems about ghosts and the otherworldly abound, from Edgar Allen Poe's classic "The Raven," to Emily Dickinson's "The Soul has Bandaged moments," to the 3 a.m. dream-scrawls of our notebooks. Visions and visitations, spirits and apparitions, dream-states and muses, imaginings of a world to come—we welcome them all in this shared group reading, led by the Jamaica Pond Poets.
Members of the Jamaica Pond Poets (Dorothy Derifield, Holly Guran, Carolyn Gregory, Audrey Henderson, Susanna Kittredge, Alice Kociemba, Dorian Kotsiopoulos, Jennifer Markell, and Sandee Storey) will read their own otherworldly poems (as well as some favorites) and then the reading will be a themed open mike for audience members to share poems on the subject.