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Remembering The Grolier Poetry Book Shop before 2006

Somerville resident Ifeanyi Menkiti currently owns the famed Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Harvard Square. Here is a memoir essay by poet Richard Dey about this venue for poetry-lovers, poets, and poetry books.

The sign “No Law books, No Text Books” was taped to the door, the long couch to the left of the door and beneath the big window stretched invitingly, and above the shelves of books, out of reach and not easy to see, hung the framed black-and-white photographs of poets you found in anthologies of twentieth century poetry. Proprietor Gordon Cairnie, by then an old man, was in the shop, standing around. I first went up the two or three high, unlevel steps and into the shop in the fall of 1970 and continued to buy books there for some 35 years. It was the shop everyone at The Harvard Advocate went to, and I was on the Advocate board, eventually as poetry editor.

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April 27

Jim Foritano, a Somerville Bagel Bard, sent us a poem.
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Somerville’s Jane Sherrill: An Artist Who Is All About Water

Denise Provost is a member of the Somerville literary group The Bagel Bards. She is an accomplished poet, State Representative, and has done an infinite amount of work for establishing a Poet Laureate for the State of Massachusetts. Oh … yes, she is a great book reviewer too, as evidenced by her article below:

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April 20

It is spring in New England, but who says we have to be seasonal? Poet Keith Tornheim brings us back to those autumnal days and nights.
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State Rep. Denise Provost reviews ‘The Work of the Body’

Denise Provost is a member of the Somerville literary group The Bagel Bards. She is an accomplished poet, State Representative, and has done an infinite amount of work for establishing a Poet Laureate for the State of Massachusetts. Oh … yes, she is a great book reviewer too, as evidenced by her article below:

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April 13

Wayne-Daniel Berard teaches English and Humanities at Nichols College in Dudley, MA. An adoptee and former Franciscan seminarian, his birth-search led him to find and embrace his Jewishness. Wayne-Daniel is a Peace Chaplain, an interfaith clergy person, and a member of B’nai Or of Boston. He has published widely in both poetry and prose, and is the co-founding editor of Soul-Lit, an online journal of spiritual poetry. He lives in Mansfield, MA with his wife, The Lovely Christine.
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The Boston National Poetry Month Festival 2016

Article by Guest Columnist Kirk Etherton.

I am happy to report that in this year’s poetry festival a number of Somerville poets will be reading, including Harris Gardner, Lucy Holstedt, Kirk Etherton, State Representative Denise Provost, Lloyd Schwartz, Ifeanyi Menkiti, Gloria Mindock, Alexander Levering Kern, and Doug Holder.

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April 6

Our poet this week is Nina R. Alonso. Alonso is the founder of the literary magazine Constellations.
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Mass Poetry’s Laurin Macios: A poet who ‘feels’ her poems

Laurin Macios is a poet who feels her poems. She is not so much about the reader understanding the poem, but she is all about evoking emotion, and vivid sensory experiences in his or her reading of her work.

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March 30

Our poet this week is David P. Miller. Miller is a member of the Somerville Bagel Bards, a literary group that has been meeting every Saturday since 2004.
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