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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Pumpkins and a big prize

pumpkin_pie

young Hemingway

We’re in the pumpkin season, of course – suffering such abominations as pumpkin coffee and pumpkin beer. (Pie, bread, muffins, all that traditional stuff is great.) I threw in this photo of young Hemingway just because he was so handsome; that’s easy to forget when you see pictures of his older self.

I am so pleased that Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize in literature. I have loved her writing for decades. Some of her stories are gritty, sad, and difficult to read; there is no one who penetrates into the hearts and minds of her characters the way she does. It’s unusual for a writer who has gone the distance to only write short stories, but obviously it’s her form. It’s about time a Canadian won, too.

Wonderful quote from Oscar Wilde: “All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.” His birthday was October 16.

Warm October

apples

fall in New England

My window boxes are still blooming, and so is a pink rose in my yard – most unusual for October in Maine. I had to mow the lawn today – usually by October that particular chore is done until spring. Last weekend I went to the Cumberland Fair and tomorrow I’m going apple picking. The state has officially declared the fall foliage to be at its peak. The pleasures of autumn in New England! The poetry scene here gets more varied this time of year, too, with slam, open mikes, featured poets and many kinds of readings and festivals all over the state. Maine Poetry Central and Moon Pie Press just released the first winner of the Michael Macklin Prize contest, a wonderful poetry collection by Michele Leavitt of Unity, Maine, called BACK EAST. It is already selling briskly and I am delighted. Michele will have a “launch” reading on November 1 at Longfellow Books in downtown Portland; details will be on the MPP website at http://www.moonpiepress.com. Other readings will happen, too. I hope to see you at a poetry event this season.