Thursday, September 22, 2022

Literary Arts

Poet’s Corner

Islanders By Donald Nitchie Anyone who doesn’t want to leave. Orlando, sure, New England Aquarium, school vacations to Sanibel, Mt. Snow and if you can swing it, Aspen or Bora Bora but if you can’t, the Town & Beach Motel in...

In the wild

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The title of Rebecca Randall Gilbert’s wonderful book, “Weedy Wisdom for the Curious Forager: Common Wild Plants to Nourish Your Body & Soul,” reflects the nature of her writing, which is filled with her...

Poet’s Corner

Vineyard Herreshoff Cup By Don McLagan We come to compete for the Cup From Chappy to the trail of Moshup. Menemsha, V-Haven, and E-town Contend in the Pond and the Sound. We duel it out in H12s For a trophy that...

Three sisters

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“The Ocean in Winter” by Elizabeth de Veer intermingles the themes of the loving bonds of sisterhood, inherited family trauma, healing, and mystery in her moving and intriguing debut novel. The story opens with a...

A new adaptation

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Dana Valentine is a pensive young ex-con who is offered a life-or-death opportunity to join a covert society of assassins that rights the wrongs of a broken criminal justice system. Her creator is Dan...

Poet’s Corner

Climate Change By Vi Larsen A bottle floats helplessly into a mass of hungry plastic bobbing through the endless sea A polar bear stumbles weakly over the frozen tundra and collapses, its final icy breaths shakely exit A...

Billy Collins returns to Featherstone

Featherstone Center for the Arts welcomes back former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins for a night of poetry, as well as a poetry writing workshop. Collins first came to Featherstone in 2007 and has returned...

Poet’s Corner

Tiasquam By Fran Schumer (to J.A.) I ride through the forest to buy chocolates for a friend. Dozens already on lengthy lines. Like the former mayor said: half the fun of going to the movies is the line. I eat leaves from turnips just picked,...

‘My Shenandoah’

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The Vineyard seems to attract characters on a mission of one sort or another, and no one exemplifies this better than Robert S. Douglas, whose imprint on Vineyard Haven Harbor, wooden boatbuilding, and sailing...

Community of kindness

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“Badger and Fox and Friends,” by Edward Zlotkowski, is a lovely book for reading to children ages 3 through 5, and for those up to about age 9 who can read it themselves. Both...

Poet’s Corner

By Nancy Slonim Aronie For my sister Grandma was the Red Cross I had no such first aid station except for her, my older sis she told me everything which I passed on to my fellow four-year-olds with perhaps a...

Poet’s Corner

Random Musings By Michael Oliveira let sleeping dogs lie — so those dogs who are awake must now tell the truth? if tempus fugit he should not take Spirit Air he'll always be late so funny how it's easy to turn a sentence into...

Watching a character unravel

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“The Silence in the Sound” is an engaging tale in which complicated love — for an alcoholic father, testy patient, enigmatic lover, and our Island — interweaves to create a compelling narrative. Summer resident Dianne...

Poet’s Corner

Jackson Pollock By Paul Dawson Pollack’s beautiful messes have their own covert meaning sécreted in the raw materials of his soul. Peace is yet to be drawn from the chaos of experience and impressions, vulnerable and personal: Each painting a testimony, each painting a sacrifice of...

Powerful words

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It was a special night for the spoken word at the “Poetry on the Vineyard: Def Poetry Reunion” benefit performance at Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center on Saturday. The performing artists, all stupendous wordsmiths,...

An intimate journey

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Francesca Giacco’s exceptional use of language in “Six Days in Rome” creates an immensely nuanced protagonist in Emilia, as we travel with her not just through the streets and piazzas of the ancient city,...

Poet’s Corner

Illumination Night: Oak Bluffs By Dionis Coffin Riggs (from “The Collected Poems of Dionis Coffin Riggs”) Just once each year I can recapture something Of childhood’s summer-scented magic When, on Illumination Night, The band plays in the park. And one by one,...

Larger than life

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In a country where the overwhelming majority are descended from immigrants, and where immigration policy has always been a hot-button issue, it's no wonder that the immigrant's story has had lasting appeal. Whether we're...

All the write stuff

The Martha’s Vineyard Times–sponsored conference Islanders Write returned to Featherstone Center for the Arts last weekend, after a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus. Attendees of five panel discussions held on Sunday heard the expertise, advice, and candor...

Clarification: Islanders Write begins at 9 on Monday

In our program for Islanders Write at Featherstone Center for the Arts, the starting time for Monday is incorrect. The first panel  will begin at 9 am. Here's the information. 9 – 10 am Writing...