Saturday, July 20, 2024

Literary Arts

What would you say about race?

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“Mom’s people owned slaves. Dad’s were.” “Native American. Voiceless in race conversations.” “Hispanic doctor is not an oxymoron.” “No white woman cooks like that.” “I can’t leave without my receipt.” “White husband became Iranian September 11th.” “With kids, I’m dad....

Around the Writers’ Table: Poetry

Last week I had a discussion with MV Times publisher Charles Sennott about the challenges of writing a good lede. A lede is the first sentence in a news or feature story, and should...

Poet’s Corner: ‘The Lady at the Dumptique’

The Lady at the Dumptique By Leroy Hazelton Once she prayed for this Bottom of a butter dish, Chipped of course, That would almost fit the top Her grandmother gave her long ago, Saying to her, “You’ll know when the bottom finds...

Around the Writers’ Table: ‘One of a Kind’

She changed her name from Sarah to Sydney when she was 14 years old because she thought people would pay more attention to her writing if she had a modern name, a boy’s name,...

Around the Bookstore: Female authors

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March has arrived. There are a few hints of spring, with stretches of gray and rain, and more than a small amount of pummeling by the weather, which always puts me in the mood...

Poet’s Corner: ‘in March, before we leave’

in March, before we leave By Susan Puciul 1. winter night in the yard the moon’s room her rise welling up through black lace of oak and beech seize of crystal on forest ground mirrors the stern shine of starry eyes above same as knew...

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...