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Solstice is here

December 21st is the winter solstice in Maine. I find it heartening that the shortest, darkest day of the year has arrived and we turn the corner toward more light.

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I’m still disappointed about what happened to Garrison Keillor. I think NPR was too hasty in firing him, killing The Writer’s Almanac and erasing the online archives of the program going back years. This means that people who worked on the program lost their jobs. All the poets whose work was in the archives lose out, too. Of course I take this somewhat personally since I am proud to say that 25 poems by Moon Pie Press poets were featured on the program, including eight of my own. The Writer’s Almanac was a great boon to my little poetry press. But it also popularized poetry for many people who heard it on the radio, in podcasts or read it in their email or the anthologies that grew out of the show. I am sorry to see the show die.

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I can recommend other ways to have poetry delivered to your email box on a regular basis. Ted Kooser has a column called American Life in Poetry that you can have emailed to you. He tends to favor accessible narrative poems. There is also Poetry Daily. Poem-A-Day is from the Academy of American Poets. Poem of the Day is from the Poetry Foundation. And Rattle magazine will send you a poem each day. I recommend that you sign up for at least one of these so you can get a daily dose of poetry. In these troubling, chaotic times full of fake and disturbing news, poetry is a solace and a reminder to slow down.

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About freshmoonpie

Publisher of Moon Pie Press, a poetry press based in Maine, going strong since 2003. 100 books published, including 9 anthologies. The work of our poets, who live all over the U.S., has been featured on "The Writer's Almanac" on National Public Radio - 25 times ! See full catalog and lots more information on our website at www.moonpiepress.com.

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  1. Steven J Sweeney

    Couldn’t agree more, that Writer’s Almanac will be greatly missed by many. I’ve lost count of the number of poetry volumes I’ve purchased over the years on the basis of a Writer’s Almanac reading. I once had to lash myself to the ship’s mast to resist quitting my job and applying for an advertised opening for researcher for WA. It was actually Minnesota, not National, Public Radio that fired Keillor and canceled his contracts. I suppose the lawyers are working something out. Whether more will be revealed perhaps depends on the terms of any settlement. Meanwhile, those of us who have relied for so many years on this daily poetry fix and related historical notes remain, if I may presume to speak for some of these folks, a bit dazed and disoriented by the silencing of this wonderful resource.

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