Monday, February 26, 2024

Literary Arts

Around the Writers Table: Workshops and readings

I was looking into the writing-related events that will be taking place on the Island during pinkletink season, and was surprised that a few of the offerings are still happening over Zoom. I suppose...

Poet’s Corner: Poem by Michael Oliveira

By Michael Oliveira the book of your life would you skip to the last page to see how it ends? Michael Oliveira has lived and worked on Martha’s Vineyard for decades. He currently lives in East Falmouth. Poets with...

Around the Bookstore: On vacation

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A monger, according to the Oxford dictionary, is a word “denoting a dealer or trader in a specified commodity,” such as a fishmonger. When I became the manager of Edgartown Books, my godson Paul started...

Poet’s Corner: ‘The Drip’

The Drip By Georgia Morris For the third time in two months water breaks through the ceiling slats of the downstairs bathroom fan and you are, this time, happily making green tea and honey toast to the tap, tap, tapping that...

Poet’s Corner: Requiem for a Right Whale

Requiem for a Right Whale By Jeffrey Agnoli Beloved cetacean hogtied with fishing line before washing up on the shore not so many yards from our fossil-fueled road you must have rolled and thrashed and if we were looking we would have seen the planet's grid of...

Losing loved ones

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A single shot changed 8-year-old Lily’s life forever in Elaine Kelliher’s “Do You Think I Cried Too Long?” The author writes, “A shotgun blast pierced Lily’s ears, causing her temples to pulse and her...

Novel ideas

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The LGBTQI+ Book Club at the West Tisbury library has been going strong since February 2023. Library director Alexandra Pratt explains that the club came about as a response to patrons saying that they...

Around the Writers’ Table: Winter writing

Writing tends to be a solitary endeavor, as does spending a winter on the Vineyard. Given these two situational happenstances, it’s not surprising that the Vineyard’s writers use this time between the tourists to...

Poet’s Corner: ‘January Gems’

January Gems By Ellie Bates Night black velvet sky wears crescent pearl necklace Morning flakes of chalcedony veils dress the fields of fallen snow Ellie Bates lives year-round in Edgartown, and is a member of the MV Poets’ Collective and the Cleaveland House Poets. Her recent chapbook,“Seasonal...

WHOI: Deep dive

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Recently the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) published its first children's book — a deep sea dive into a world that most of us will never witness outside of photos. “Where the Weird Things...

Poet’s Corner: ‘On Aging and the Loss of One’s Marbles’

On Aging and the Loss of One’s Marbles By Ellen Martin Story Sad, to think I’m losing marbles these days. Used to lose a lot when I was a kid playing on the sidewalk. Could never finger-flick other marbles out...

Around the bookstore

Watching the Christmas decorations come down on Main Street in Edgartown caused a sigh to slip out; it always seems they come down a week too soon — but that’s me, someone who’d like...

Farming and prose

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Scott Chaskey’s new book, “Soil and Spirit: Cultivation and Kinship in the Web of Life,” is an ode to nature in many ways. It brims with personal essays and poems in which he intermingles...

Winter writing

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It’s wintertime. It’s cold. It gets dark at an absurdly early hour. What better time to light a fire under your inner muse? The upcoming literary arts workshops at Featherstone Center for the Arts...

Poet’s Corner: ‘Forgetting to Remember’

Forgetting to Remember By Peter Ledermann Speak not casually ever As there is no drop of rain that is insignificant Nor any look that we give to one another Impermanent Look to the passage of every moment as precious as The splitting of...

Of friends and frogs

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Kanta Lipsky, who lives on the Vineyard, says she is a big fan of the tree frog commonly referred to as spring peepers, but affectionately called pinkletinks on the Island. Her second children’s book...

Poet’s Corner: ‘Explaining the world to a 14-year-old’

Explaining the world to a 14-year-old By Fan S. Ogilvie We are walking outside to fill bird feeders — a perfect time to talk about Hamas and the Israeli bombing of Gaza — events he knows little or nothing...

Road trip recollections

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Lorraine Parish’s new book, “Miles to San Miguel,” is part confessional memoir and part road trip journal, from the Vineyard to her new life in Mexico. Parish opens with a prologue where she is on...

Poet’s Corner: ‘The Beach at Lambert’s Cove’

The Beach at Lambert’s Cove By Leroy Hazelton I believed In all stars spinning From the Mouth And that sea clams, Loons and strangers wing to paradise, While your hand, Intruding on a pope’s disguise, Traced to a deeper skull A sea gull’s rowdy...

The 2023 Vineyard literary list

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Most of the 2023 year-end book lists we’ve been reading are categorized by genre. Not this one. This impressive list of books published in 2023 will be sorted into categories that those of us...