Saturday, May 18, 2024

Literary Arts

Books and music

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MVY Radio, the nonprofit radio station located in West Tisbury, and broadcasting throughout the world via internet, is currently hosting something that's a bit of a departure from their usual mix of music and...

Around the Writers’ Table

During the winter of 2014, Peter Oberfest, then publisher of The MV Times, called me into his office. He was interested in creating an MV Times–sponsored event for the community, and wanted to brainstorm...

Poet’s Corner: ‘Things to Come’

Things to Come By Cecily Bryant Day dawns under sullen shelf clouds A promise of a cold rain A day for making soups and calling friends I am grateful for the colors of carrots and savory greens I am warmed...

Poet’s Corner: ‘Snowdrift’

Snowdrift By Fan S. Ogilvie Look at a snowdrift of spring Kousa dogwood blossoms backed by a writer’s shed on top of which turns a brass and gold weathervane—the horse/fish warrior hippocampus. It’s the writer’s story, one never told just gestured...

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...