Thursday, February 2, 2023

Literary Arts

Around the Writers’ Table: Book recommendations

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I am delighted to turn over this week’s Writers’ Table to Mathew Tombers, manager of Edgartown Books. When I asked him for book recommendations to help get readers through the long haul of an...

Poet’s Corner

Winter Benediction By Jeffrey Agnoli Five inches of snow by daybreak just enough to bend low the brush and pitch pine. Now a frozen rain falls into the sodden earth in long needle lines. Still the day is hardly harsh nor the season severe through all climes a warm...

Travels to Myanmar

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Queen Supayalat of Burma was said to have ordered the murder of more than 80 members of the royal family in order to ensure her position on the throne. The story of Queen Supayalat,...

Reading his words

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Last Wednesday, there was a seance of sorts at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse Poetry Cafe in honor of Arnie Reisman and his newest posthumously published collection of poems, “Cages of Stages.” The medium for...

Poet’s Corner

By Richard Fligor On my own, floating free, An orchestra of one, Parked at the beach before sunrise, moving words around. Work and play, no difference. What’s wrong with me is what’s right.  The plot of the day all mixed...

Around the Writers’ Table

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It’s about to happen again — February on the Vineyard. While Vineyard winters aren’t what they used to be, the long nights of the shortest month are still, arguably, the best time of the...

Poet’s Corner

Fireplace By Lucas Thors When the frozen shoreline shivers And the oak throws down its leaves I sit in front my fireplace And wait for spring’s soft embrace When electric heaters buzz and whir And scarves are the accessory I sit in...

A poetry celebration in honor of Arnie Reisman 

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The Cleaveland House Poets will host a special event on Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 5 to 6:30 pm at Arnie’s Poetry Cafe at the M.V. Playhouse in honor of the memory of Arnie Reisman....

Poet’s Corner

Zebra cakes By Nicole Jackson With A zebra named Zain on the front It’s a meatless animal worth the hunt You know those cakes Little Debbie makes Tasting much like a processed dream Moist yellow cake layered with crème White frosting with...

Around the Writers’ Table: Writing resolutions for 2023

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Along with the new year come the resolutions to do better, be better, and strive for better. Of course, not everyone is a resolution maker — as we all know, most good resolutions can’t...

A life’s work is in Charlayne Hunter-Gault’s new book

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Charlayne Hunter-Gault’s newest book, “My People: Five Decades of Writing About Black Lives,” is a rich compilation of her reporting and journalistic writing from 1963 to today. While reading her essays, reports, interviews, and...

Reading to benefit the library

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The Peter H. Luce Playreaders is quite the establishment, having started as a handful of people in the 1990s, and now numbering some 40 participants during the summer. Typically, the group meets on Wednesday...

Poet’s Corner

Six Turkeys By Fan Ogilvie Wild and free, that is we, past our prime, before all daisies. Red sun on our gobbles — neither cork screws, nor screw tops can bottle up the rusty gate hinge squawks of our recent delight. Fan...

Poet’s Corner

Christine Burke Wrong password Try again Incorrect password Try again Reset password Refer to help page Anxious Shut out What’s going on On the other side Of the veil? Consult the wizard Roger in Mumbai Roger calms Rational Step by step Two more clicks And I’ll re-enter But do I want to? Off the...

A vagabond’s journey

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Holly Nadler’s new memoir, “The Hobo Diaries: Down and Out on Martha's Vineyard,” is a zany, rollicking tale about her vagabond journey from the spring of 2018, when she gives up her year-round apartment...

Walking in his path

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John McCarter and Kody, his amazingly appealing and photogenic Pomeranian, have given us a fabulous gift — “Kody’s World: The Unseen Martha’s Vineyard.” To pick up this book is to fall in love with...

Poet’s Corner

December Holly By Liz Splittgerber One merry waxen Holly Bejeweled with grace One rising morning sun Showing her night-chilled face Two oak leaves shivering Among Lambs Ear & Sassafras Two ripe Cotoneaster berries Asleep in the arms of Vinca &   grass Just a few...

Around the Writers’ Table: Books for the holidays

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It has long been my belief that every bookcase on the Vineyard should have at least one shelf dedicated to Island authors. If you don’t already have a “Vineyard bookshelf,” it’s time to designate...

Poet’s Corner

Alone By Nicole Jackson Thoughts, Dancing, Music, Imagination, make me giddy. My best friend is me. Alone is when, I’m free to just be. Nicole Jackson is a stablehand at White Stone Equestrian and a designer for the MV Times. She often writes about...

PathwaysArts welcomes special guests

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As PathwaysArts says, it’s dedicated to catalyzing creative projects in the visual arts, writing, dance, and collaborative forms. One of the important endeavors of this Chilmark institution is its Writing & Poetry Tuesdays, which...