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Invitation to poetry

"…wait on the wind, catch a scent of salt, call it our life."

Excerpt from Our Valley by Philip Levine, U.S. Poet Laureate, National Poetry Month poster, April 2012.

In Dana Gioia's famous essay, "Does Poetry Matter?"  he concludes that poetry will not survive unless poets are willing to read, write, listen and be involved with the public. Poets must support the work of others. Poetry needs to be read and shared. The Killington Arts Guild supports the art of poetry with readings, publications and exhibits.

In KAG's book, A Gathering of Poets: A Vermont Anthology, David Weinstock leader of the Otter Creek Poets in Middlebury has written, In Praise of Local Poets. He says, "…all poetry is local and all artists, if we hope to bring anything good into the world, owe avid attention to that part of the world that is immediately at hand. Location does not limit us; it launches us."

"Art in Your Life," the KAG Gallery Show at Cabin Fever Gifts on Route 4 includes combinations of poetry with art and painting: three Watercolor Words- verses by Cathy Quaglia with paintings by Alice Sciore; two  Post Cards #3, #4 - poems by Betty Little with photos by  Patsy Zedar. And in earlier shows Ann Days combined poetry and photos and Sandra Gartner's poem was paired with Maurie Harrington's painting.

A few upcoming spring events not to miss:

March 21-KAG members Lauren Wilder and Ann Wallen convene Ars Poetica, every month on the third Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Sherburne Memorial Library. On March 21 they will start with a short lesson on the "Limerick" and then follow with readings of individual's written works. Original Pieces and favorite of others will be shared.

March 25-Killington Arts Guild Annual Meeting in the Gallery at Cabin Fever Gifts will feature the SafeArt Teenage Ensemble, 2 p.m.. The public is invited.

April 13-14-" Vermont Writers-In Play" adapted by Peter Marsh from Yvonne Daley's book, featuring Sandra Gartner (KAG) and others will be performed at the Paramount's Brickbox in Rutland April 13 and 14.

April 16-Vermont is a state full of poetry and the Killington Arts Guild will celebrate this on April 16, 7-8:30 p.m. with the Gathering of Poets at the Sherburne Memorial Library, River Road, Killington. Poets present their own works or those of others. Visitors from other areas are invited to join us and to read.

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