Lyrical Somerville – September 27

On September 27, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times


Walter Lincoln Howard is a retired history professor, English teacher and journalist. He is a member of the Longfellow Society, the Bagel Bards, Natick Writers Group, and the Wayland Poetry Workshop. His first poetry collection, Seed Upon the Wilderness, was published in 1963. His poems, often set in New England, have appeared in many journals. He took the slam prize in 2009 at Natick Poetry Month with his poem The Moon in a Bad Mood. He was featured reader at the 2009 Stone Soup Poetry Series in Cambridge. He was also featured at the 2011 Annual Reading of the Wayland Poetry Workshop, not to mention many other public appearances. As Chad Parenteau sums it up, “Walter Howard is a longtime fixture in the Boston poetry scene and the open miker’s open miker.” Walter has a new collection of poetry of poetry coming out later this year from the Wilderness House Press.


Night’s Black Velvet Gloves


Walter Howard

Night’s black velvet gloves

steal over the slender fingers of day

the wind whispers at my window

yellow moon sighs, slips easelessly

into my bedchamber

my restless, fear-haunted heart calms


in the garden, Venus loses

her white marble image

her eyes

to the stars.


— Walter Howard



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2 Responses to “Lyrical Somerville – September 27”

  1. David Miller says:

    Thank you for featuring Walter – outside of his live readings, his poems are too little known.

  2. What a delicate and beautiful poem! Many congratulations.

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