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‘From the Other Room’ by Anna M. Warrock
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The first thing I noticed about Somerville, Ma. poet Anna. M. Warrock’s new collection of poetry From the Other Room was the physical book itself. Usually, I merely glance at a book cover, but this was like love at first sight; I stopped to admire its simple beauty. The craftsmanship was at such a level that it reminded of the many finely crafted books put out by Gary Metras’ Adastra Press that – like Slate Roof – is located in Western, Massachusetts. Slate Roof is a small, collaborative press that published art-quality poetry books – the poetry that is between the covers in this case is more than worthy of its design.

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April 26

Somerville poet Anna M. Warrock writes The Times: “The title of my new book, From the Other Room, comes from a dream. That poem relates only part of the dream. Once I began to follow the characters and give them text and a description, the poem took on its own life. The book won the annual Slate Roof Press Chapbook Award (www.SlateRoofPress.com). This is also a dream poem and the first poem in the book. Dreams are very flexible. For me, tuning in to their suggestive nature is a fruitful stimulus for writing.”
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Somerville Poet Sharon Amuguni chats about the Massachusetts Poetry Festival
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Massachusetts Poetry Festival May 5 to May 7, 2017
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With increments of spring beginning to appear, residents of Massachusetts are looking forward to the potential for activity that good weather brings. As a poet residing in Somerville, a creative, and member of Mass Poetry staff, I am especially looking forward to the start of spring because it signals the oncoming of the Massachusetts Poetry festival.

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April 19

Margaret Young is the author of Willow from the Willow (Cleveland State University Poetry Center 2002) and Almond Town (Bright Hill Press 2011). Her chapbook Blight Summer is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press, and her translation of Sergio Inestrosa’s Espacio Improbable de un Haiku will be out soon from Obsidiana Press. She teaches at Endicott College.

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Luck: Stories by Ed Meek

Somerville’s Ed Meek is an accomplished poet and writer. I reviewed a new collection of his short stories:

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April 12

Poet Barbara Matteau writes: “I lead a pretty hectic life with 2 teenagers and a full time job at UMass Boston, but each year, during the month of April, I dedicate myself to writing a poem a day since it’s Poetry Month. I’ve had some poems published in The Dudley Review, The Maryland Review, The Antigonish Review, Fulcrum, among other periodicals.”

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The Boston National Poetry Month Festival, 2017

(a.k.a. the Somerville Poetry Festival?)
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By Kirk Etherton, B.N.P.M.F. board of directors

Somerville has lots of fine writers–including songwriters. This Friday – Sunday (April 7 -9) you’ll find a number of them in Copley Square. Most events take place at the B.P.L.

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April 5

The perfect poem for spring from long-time contributor Robert K. Johnson.

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‘Immigrants as heroes’ by Sergio Inestrosa
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Somerville is a city of immigrants. That’s why I want to include this article by Sergio Inestrosa, a colleague of mine at Endicott College who has a very interesting perspective on things…

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March 29

David Pansovoy is from North Andover, MA. He studies Global Business at Endicott College. He enjoys nature writing.

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Inward Accompaniment in ‘hundred and eight prayer flags’
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A book of poems by Simrin Tamhane
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Somerville writer Michael Todd Steffen reviews a poetry collection from Endicott College student Simrin Tamhane, as part of Somerville’s Ibbetson Street Press/Endicott College Young Poet Series, as founded by yours truly and professor Daniel Sklar. It is currently directed by Emily Pineau and all books are designed by Steve Glines.

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March 22

Soon the national pastime will start up once again. So Somerville poet Ed Meek throws us a curve ball of a poem. Ed has recently released a collection of short stories titled Luck.

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