Saturday, June 22, 2024

Literary Arts

Around the Writers’ Table: ’Tis the season for book talks all over the Island

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It’s speaking season on the Vineyard, and Island-connected authors are stepping out. Terri Potts-Chattaway, Mark Chester, Thomas and Joyce Dresser, Richard Lewis Taylor, and Cynthia Riggs will all be discussing, discoursing, and dishing about...

Poet’s Corner: Moving Day

Moving Day By Cecily Bryant Measuring the now empty rooms to see if the next rooms we inhabit will accommodate this prior life’s comforts Sweeping the dusty floors and the odd bits of living inevitably appear Tinsel from a long-ago Christmas...

Around the Writers’ Table: Islanders Write workshops

We’re still putting the pieces together for this year’s Islanders Write, which will take place on Monday, August 19, at Featherstone Center for the Arts. And while we don’t have a finalized schedule...

Around the Bookstore: June reads

Memorial Day morning found me returning to the bookstore from an errand in Vineyard Haven, driving down Beach Road, as I do when I like to remind myself I live on an Island, the...

The mystery writer reminisces

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Wait, Spring By Dionis Coffin Riggs (an excerpt) Spring, do not come too early, Wait until the heartwood Is twisted and made gnarled By the gale. Gather a bunch of ordinary-looking people wearing ordinary-looking clothes — nothing that draws attention...

Poet’s Corner: trouble

trouble By Michael Oliveira my ocd me requests you put it back where you know it belongs by that i imply in exactly the same spot facing the same way cause if you don't it could trouble me all night that i would not...

Poets Corner: May 1968: Lambert’s Cove

May 1968: Lambert’s Cove By Leroy Hazelton The sea is hidden At the end of worn grey planks, So life gently rises In the scent of ocean As you close your eyes Smiling And drift past original destinations, Out on the fragile nerve Where...

Bumpy road-trip

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I hadn’t heard of a babymoon before reading Sidney Karger's delightfully engaging new novel, “The Bump,” but it’s an idea that makes a lot of sense. A babymoon, for those of you who also...

Poet’s Corner: ‘Experiment’

Experiment By Valerie Sonnenthal a hazy night sky mutes blinking red lights etched into the horizon silent lambs sleep in a heap of sheep under a beetlebung tree dogs lie in wait curled across limbs breathe as one sand in every pocket stuck in creases soles to...

Poet’s Corner: ‘Shadbush Signals’

Shadbush Signals By Jeffrey Agnoli Shadbush trees of all sizes bloom along the roads and through the mostly leafless woods signaling with sprays of white the return of the green wave whose renewing life will soothe wintered eyes lift conflicted hearts and transform inner...

Life cycles – Fanny Staunton Ogilvie’s Trilogy

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There are many appellations one could bestow on Fanny Staunton Ogilvie, but that of Renaissance woman is especially appropriate after one reads her just-released poetry trilogy, “Dust is the Only Secret — Assent to...

Around the Writers’ Table: The pitch panel returns to Islanders Write

Veteran journalist and author Loren Ghiglione said he wasn’t nervous when he stood in front of last summer’s Islanders Write pitch panel and talked about the memoir he was working on. He was allotted...

Poet’s Corner: ‘Wild Hearts’

Wild Hearts By Cecily Bryant I tend to gravitate to the wilder hearts Those whose childhoods still shine through the corners of their eyes The tangled bittersweet and wind-seeded flowers draw us more assuredly than do other riches Foremost are memories of...

Around the Bookstore: Get caught reading

As I write, the day is gray, again, promising rain, again. Everyone is scurrying around, pressure building, racing to beat the clock. May is upon us — vacationers will follow. Luckily for me, BTB, Behind...

Poet’s Corner: ‘Next Door’

Next Door By Valerie Sonnenthal Lamb heaven’s hoppin’ only two days old little peeps baaas and a shove over from mama ten little lambs a lookin’ this way and that damp freeze of spring crocuses forsythia snowdrops and lambs whiter...

Around the Writers’ Table: The cruise ship doctor

Dr. Gerry Yukevich was finishing up dinner at a Chinese restaurant in Boston when he cracked open his fortune cookie and read, “Soon will have new job on the high seas.” What he didn’t...

Poet’s Corner: ‘Ocean Eve’

Ocean Eve By John F. Kriscenski Waves crash against a silent shore. Surrounded by barnacles, water, and wind-beaten rocks. A sky of blue falls like watery paints upon a smooth canvas then recedes so quietly. A calm — birds screech in the...

From must-haves to need-nots

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In her lushly illustrated new book, “The Need-Not Artist,” Island author Kasha Ritter provides bite-size tidbits about how to be a successful artist. She fills the handsome work with personal stories, descriptions of her...

Poet’s Corner: ‘A Very Good Example’

A Very Good Example By Sarah Joyce On the bottom of boredom lies the same playlist on a loop and in the isolation of perpetual questioning is an avoidance of Spring’s stillness. March here is my mother calling, telling me...

Around the Bookstore: Literary flowers blooming

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That old saying “April showers bring May flowers” is true for me. Sitting at the register, looking out at Main Street in April means more than just showers. Though, goodness, there seem to be...