Poems-in-the-Windows by Gary Margolis

I wouldn’t choose to be sitting inside
this Sunday afternoon either, on the first day

of real spring. Thinking a few poems would do me
more good than shoveling the last mounds of snow

next to the opera house into a wheelbarrow. A scene
I saw walking around Randolph before the reading.

This place the arts committee named PoemTown
for April’s national poetry month. Inviting citizens

from around our state to submit a poem that could fit
into a window, a driver filling her tank could read.

A teenager trying to buy cigarettes could hesitate,
before going into the convenience store, pondering

what that last line meant. Forgetting the law he was
trying to break. I wish I had more time to read all one

hundred and eight of them. So many windows,
so little time is the title of the poem taped in Aubuchon’s

tinted window. Inside, the shovels and rakes selling faster
than pancakes. I’d be amiss to call anything else.

Here where the sap is flowing and driving over Bethel
Mountain I saw the beginning of flowers splitting

rocks without hesitating, that wouldn’t be caught dead
inside, to adorn a poetry reading.

 

2016 Poem Locations

Poems to be displayed throughout April—National Poetry Month.

River Path
accessed at Valley Bowl Parking lot, 12 Prince Street

  • Laura Foley – Spring Treachery
  • Corinne Davis – The Storm
  • Lindy Sayward – Aliveness
  • Elizabeth Mariani – Influence
  • Mark Fournier – August 29
  • Rebecca Riley – Break Up
  • Wilma Ann Johnson – November Blessing
  • Rochelle Wilson – God Knows

Randolph Village Laundromat
75 North Main Street

  • Partridge Boswell – Two Euros
  • Wilma Ann Johnson – Transition

Chandler Music Hall 71-73 North Main Street

  • Marjorie Ryerson – S. Hurok Presents
  • Janet Watton – Winter Dances

Kimball Public Library67 North Main Street

  • Stephen Morris – Citizens of Library
  • Judy Crocker – A Writer’s Place

Randolph House65 North Main Street

  • David Stauffer – In My Son’s Eyes
  • Suzanne Sakai – Old Maples: One Hundred Years of Marriage

Super Suds Laundromat10 Pleasant Street

  • Michelle Holder – Light Denizens
  • Steven Augustus – Asking Baskets for Heads
  • George Murphy – A Gift & Moonlight

Three Bean Café22 Pleasant Street

  • Julie Cadwallader Staub – Recipe
  • Michelle Holder – Astral
  • Wilma Ann Johnson – Thanksgiving Eves

The Herald30 Pleasant Street

  • Marjorie Ryerson – To Anne Sexton
  • Katie Jickling – Dissection
  • Dick Drysdale – Osama Bin Laden Watches His First Episode of the Jerry Springer Show

First Light Studios34 Pleasant Street

  • Shannon Blake – 35 mm

Catamount Solar 34 Pleasant Street

  • Charles Sabukewicz – The Blue Woodstove
  • Joyce Borthwick-Leslie – Closure

Vermont Computing Cooperative 23 Merchants Row

  • Jack Rossi – August
  • Gina Logan – Always May
  • Peggy Rose Whiteneck – What Goes Together Stays Together
  • Pam Ahlen – Mission Impossible?

The Black Krim Tavern 21 Merchants Row

  • Charleigh – Heirloom Dreams

 Sidewalk Florist19 Merchants Row

  • Lindy Sayward – Ode to Brown Eyed Susans
  • Pam Ahlen – Dying Queen Anne’s Lace

Fenix Fine Foods20 Merchants Row

  • Jack Mayer – Green Tea on Jay Peak

Flats Tatooing of Vermont18 Merchants Row

  • Guy Flatley – Dog Prayer

Fisher Auto Parts10 Merchants Row

  • Steven Augustus – In Order
  • Margaret Abbott – Rebirth
  • Christen Brooks – That First Night (Nicholas Garza)
  • David Stauffer – To a Cicada
  • Gina Logan – Winterkill

One Main Tap & Grill2 Merchants Row

  • Becky McMeekin – Kodachrome
  • Jamie Gage – Mallaig, 1901
  • Katie Jickling – The Things You Knew: A Eulogy
  • Daniel Lazar – If This World Was Enough For You It Will Be Enough For Me

Clara Martin Center11 North Main Street

  • Nancy Hewitt – Genealogy
  • Daniel Lazar – Enough (for the Hard Nights)

Belmains14 North Main Street

  • Marya Merriam – Poems everyone else has written, Part I
  • Robbie Pfeufer Kahn – Bruxism watch
  • Barbara Stearns – Rooted in Vermont
  • Alec Hastings – Old Shoes
  • Debby Franzoni – Grown Up in Vermont
  • Ina Anderson – Prodigal
  • Daniel Lazar – Warning
  • Janet Watton – Ant Hills

Lake Sunapee Bank 21 North Main Street

  • Gary Margolis – Launch Day at Basin Harbor
  • Nancy Hewitt – Since you died,
  • Julie Longstreth – Grief
  • Megan Buchanan – Winter Polaroids from Vermont
  • Danny Dover – Under Aegis of High Pressure
  • Partridge Boswell – Lucky Scars
  • Charles Sabukewicz – Night Visit
  • Verandah Porche – What ISIS is Not

Art of Vermont27 North Main Street

  • Megan Buchanan – How Did You Know
  • Partridge Boswell – Shut Up & Kiss Me

Ken’s Barbershop33 North Main Street

  • Bonnie Beck – William Francis Beck 1943 – 2015

Holiday Beauty Salon33 North Main Street

  • Chloe Viner – Doors

The Frankenburg Agency35 North Main Street

  • Margaret Abbott – Infatuation

Bethany Church Office29 North Main Street

  • Katie Jickling – Out of Eden
  • Michelle Holder – Of Farm and of Faith: An Offering
  • Gary Margolis – Taking the Weather Personally

DuBois & King28 North Main Street

  • Dick Drysdale – Lethal Injection

Station Break26 North Main Street

  • Chloe Viner – Hairdo

Blue Moon6 North Main Street

  • Becky McMeekin – Netherland
  • Marjorie Ryerson – Blending with Light
  • Julie Longstreth – November
  • Kathryn Dodge – Culture Clash
  • Robbie Pfeufer Kahn – The morning of the day she died

Northfield Savings Bank2 North Main Street

  • Verandah Porche – Life After Death: How One Swallow Makes a Summer
  • Jamie Gage – Billy
  • Gary Margolis – Electing Winter
  • Jack Mayer – Receive What Is Offered
  • Julie Longstreth – Toad

East Garden – 3 Salisbury Street

  • Janet Watton – Un Bel Di

 Wilson Tire – 5 Salisbury Street

  • Julie Cadwallader Staub – Winter Sacrament

Randolph Municipal Building7 Summer Street

  • Donald Payton – Vermont is God’s Country
  • Chloe Viner – Trying to Find You
  • Pam Ahlen – Nature is not a place to visit, it is home
  • Kathryn Dodge – From His Point of View

Randolph Coal & Oil8 Salisbury Street

  • Roger Dodge – Reception
  • Anne Bower – Grit

Randolph Police Station6 Salisbury Street

  • Laura Foley – The Sound of the Space

Bob’s M&M Beverage4 Salisbury Street

  • Laura Foley – Tientsin, December 1941

Randolph Depot2 Salisbury Street

  • Joyce Borthwick-Leslie – Duty

StagecoachDepot Square

  • Dick Drysdale – People who Talk

Randolph Village Pizza1 South Main Street

  • Ian A. Worley – Rules at Our Home

NAPA / Randolph Auto Supply3 South Main Street

  • Jack Mayer – A Boy Is Missing
  • Julie Cadwallader Staub – Lesson Before a Road Trip
  • Andrea Rogers – Fall Wonder
  • Ian A. Worley – Goshawk Guilt
  • Peggy Rose Whiteneck – Branding

The Playhouse11 South Main Street

  • Marya Merriam – I can compartmentalize, so these things are separate:

Mid-State Sports17 South Main Street

  • Bonnie Beck – Gatling Gun

Vermont Maple BBQ – 17 South Main Street

  • Roger Dodge – Sonatina

China Jade – 17 South Main Street

  • Janet E. Green – My Mother-in-Law

Beacon Printing 18 South Main Street

  • Suzanne Sakai – December’s Infinity
  • James Barrett – So Many Trees

Curves – 12½ South Main Street

  • Cynthia Liepmann – it’s an odd thing

Century 21 12½ South Main Street

  • Judy Crocker – Home Cooking

Al’s Pizza12 South Main Street

  • James Barrett – In the Deep Green
  • Steven Augustus – Cool In Its Right Time
  • Kristin Husher – A tiny chime
  • Anne Bower – Ink

Former Verizon Building
corner of Main Street and Merchants Row

  • Ina Anderson – The Taj Across the River
  • Debby Franzoni – A Vermont Neighborhood – 1950’s
  • Kathryn Dodge – Taking Time
  • Barbara Stearns – The Perfect Gift
  • Robbie Pfeufer Kahn – LL Bean Transforming

Gifford Thrift Shop52 South Main Street

  • Alec Hastings – American Mona Lisa

Randolph Regional Veterinary Hospital86 Dylan Drive

  • Charles Sabukewicz – The Stone Cat
  • R.D. Colgan – Entertainment
  • Peggy Rose Whiteneck – Why Talk to Animals?
  • Sandra Maccarrone – Three Cat-lets

Central Supplies839 VT Route 12

  • Nancy Hewitt – Sebastian

 Chef’s Market – 839 VT Route 12

  • Becky McMeekin – New Fruit