POEM TOWN RANDOLPH 2021

April in August!

Though, thanks to Covid, we had to give up on April 2021 for Poem Town events, nothing daunted, we’re bringing you three wonderful not-to-be-missed events in August!

Sunday August 8,  4 pm,  at the White River Craft Center in Randolph

Two mighty poets,  David Cavanagh and Julie Cadwallader Staub, will read to us out on the lawn, under the trees.   (Indoors if wet.)

David Cavanagh

Dave’s fifth collection of poems, ‘The Somnambulist and The Good Life,’ was published by Salmon Poetry in 2020.  His work has appeared in journals and anthologies across the U.S., Canada, Ireland, and the U.K. Of his fifth collection, Richard Harrison said, “This is the poetry of a man with an eye for the smallest of things and their tragedy. Or their joy. Or their divinity – and all of the above…Cavanagh lets his readers see each poem’s discovery with the corners of their own eyes.”  Dave lives in Burlington VT.  http://www.dcavanagh.net

Julie Cadwallader Staub  

Julie’s second collection of poems, ‘Wing Over Wing,’ was published by Paraclete Press in 2019.   “This book is a treasure,” writes Parker Palmer, “the work of a poet who time and again has opened my eyes to my own life and the life of the world.”  Jay Parini describes the book: “These poems unfold with a rich, deep music. The poet inclines her ear to the mysteries, and she finds them everywhere, in the least expected places.”    Julie lives near Burlington VT.   https://www.juliecspoetry.com  

Wednesday August 18,  7pm, at Silloway Sugarhouse in Randolph Center

The Farmer Poets  –  our annual tradition!   Readings by two returning farmer poets, Taylor Katz, and Carl Russell, and a new one, Suzanne Lupien

Taylor Katz is the co-owner of Free Verse Farm & Apothecary, in Chelsea VT. In addition, she works as a poet for hire for all occasions, for individuals and businesses. https://www.freeversefarm.com

Carl Russell is co-owner and operator of Earthwise Farm and Forest, a certified organic, draft-animal powered homestead farm in Bethel VT.    https://www.earthwisefarmandforest.com

Suzanne Lupien is a farmer and writer growing vegetables with her draft horses in Vershire, VT. Her hands have long been busy in clay, wood, bronze and bread dough, and now in the soil.  She can be reached by phone at 802-333-4655.

Sunday August 22 at 4pm, at the White River Craft Center in Randolph

Up to 15 poets will join in a wonderful poetry open mic.   Sign up at the gate! 

Out on the lawn, or indoors if wet.

Poemtown 2021 on Display

The work of 82 poets representing 42 Vermont towns will be on display in Randolph during the month of April.

WHALE DANCE — Exit 4, Interstate 89
All This — Carl Garguilo

RANDOLPH VILLAGE LAUNDROMAT — 75 North Main Street
Shimmering Icicles — Lynn Petrucelli
April — Tricia Knoll

CHANDLER MUSIC HALL — 71-73 North Main Street
Fiona’s Music — Mark Creaven
How Long? — Peggy Brightman

KIMBALL LIBRARY — 67 North Main Street
More — Judy Crocker
Elegy for Mary Oliver — Julie Cadwallader Staub

BETHANY CHURCH OFFICE — 30 North Main Street
Not a Racist — Peggy Whiteneck
Christmas Pageant — Judy Crocker
Liberty and Justice — Rebecca McMeekin

RANDOLPH HOUSE — 65 North Main Street
A Lesson Yet Learned — Jeff Corbett
Moving Forward, Albeit Slowly — Sarah Dickenson Snyder

DUBOIS & KING — 28 North Main Street
For a Friend (Dislocated) Gina Logan
Mud, manure, Spring Painting, and The Trout — Madeline Bodin
Sliding Hill — Dottye Ricks
Hope January 2021— Cynthia Liepmann

SUPER SUDS — 10 Pleasant Street
Dream Fire — Leslie Blair
Forever Love — Bob Stänge
Agitator — Nancy Hewitt

FRANKENBURG AGENCY — 35 North Main Street
On this Last Day of Childhood — Steven Augustus

KEN’S BARBERSHOP — 33 North Main Street
Canoeing at Midnight — Debby Franzoni

KUYA’S SANDWICHES + KITCHEN — 29 North Main Street
N95 Bistro Bar — Donna Bramley

BAR HARBOR BANK & TRUST — 21 North Main Street
In the Yard — Ina Anderson
Inspiration — Timothy Barre
Dignity — Tim Eberhardt
Gift of Light — Barbara Stearns
The View from Here — Jeff Bernstein
Lady Slippers — Herbert Goertz
notes to my future self — Anne Bergeron
From Stone Road: Aimless, Burden, and Sliding — George Murphy

FORMER BELMAIN’S BUILDING — 15 North Main Street
Elegy — Andrea Rogers
Bird Play — Hatsy McGraw
Bird Feed – Kasey Brooks
Catbird Song —  Mel Goertz
Dream Visitation #1 — Megan Buchanan
What I Am Learning About Grief — Patricia Alley
Palindrome — Rebecca McMeekin
Cages — Ina Anderson

ONE MAIN TAP & GRILL — 2 Merchants Row
Remainder Snow — Tricia Knoll
That Kind of Summer — John Powell
Ode to the Box — Charlie Farrell
2020 Plague — Jack Mayer

FISHER AUTO PARTS — 10 Merchants Row
Emergency Room — Douglas Leonard
Mirage — Colby Lynch
Ancient Tomorrow — Emerson Gale
Apparition — Ann Cooper
Nature — Atticus Kunkel
Slumber — Wilma Ann Johnson
Once is All it Takes — Debby Franzoni
The Yearbook Photo — Gina Logan
Like a Phoenix from the Ashes — Brigitte Lent

BLACK MEADOW GALLERY & TATTOO — 18 Merchant’s Row
The Barn — Jon Kaplan

HAPPY HARVEST ORGANICS — 20 Merchants Row
Sun and Sea — Hatsy McGraw

THE GEAR HOUSE — 16 Pleasant Street
Words Get in the Way — Bonnie Beck

TRILLIUM — 24 Pleasant Street
Church at Murnau II — Nancy Hewitt
Blues News — Sandra Edmonds

KIDS PLAY — 22 Pleasant Street
Things Left to Be Found — Brooke Herter James
My Balloon — Georgia Kunkel

HUGGABLE MUG CAFE— 22 Pleasant Street
Rage — Melanie Adams 
Five Friends — Kathryn Schenkman

THE BOOK SHOP — 28 Pleasant Street
Poem Catchers — Leslie Blair
A Poem About Poetry — Samantha Smith

THE HERALD — 30 Pleasant Street
Ruth Stone — Tricia Knoll
Vernacular — Janet Watton
He’ll Do it for You — Nancy Hewitt

THE BLACK KRIM TAVERN — 21 Merchants Row
Cooking a Poem — Peggy Whiteneck

VERMONT COMPUTING — 23 Merchant’s Row
March 7, 2020 — Letitia Rydjeski
The Snow Falls from the East — Jonathan Root

SIDEWALK FLORIST — 19 Merchants Row
The Steel Gray Days of January — Janet Hayward Burnham
Thesaurus — Judy Crocker

NEW MOON ON MAIN — 8 North Main Street
Moonstruck — Janet Watton
Flower Moon — V Charleigh Robillard
I Knew the Day Would Come — Timothy Swaim Johnson

NORTHFIELD SAVINGS BANK — 2 North Main Street
Ms Gorman —  Joan Mathews
Poem for a Pandemic — Henry Ellis
Grateful — Ina Anderson
Lay down your arms brother — Geza Tatrallyay
Old Country — Peter Dregallo

WILSON TIRE — 5 Salisbury Street
Davey — Kathryn Schenkman

RANDOLPH COAL & OIL — 8 Salisbury Street
What I Want — Sarah Dickenson Snyder
The Arrogant Turkey —  William Severy

RANDOLPH POLICE STATION — 6 Salisbury Street
January — Anne Bakeman
Stalled — Anne Bower

BOB’S M&M BEVERAGE — 4 Salisbury Street
Firefly Sonnet — Steven Yaskell

CHEF’S MARKET — 2 Salisbury Street
Egg Salad — Jean Beatson
The Reverb — Christina Strong

STAGECOACH — Depot Square
Two Miles Up — Christina Strong

HERITAGE REAL ESTATE — 10 South Main Street
How to Get to Your House — Christina Strong

AL’S PIZZA — 12 South Main Street
Ireland’s Eye — John Powell
Cooking with Sam — Jean Beatson
The Taste of Delight —-  JC Wayne
Call — Corinne Davis

SANEL / NAPA AUTO PARTS — 3 South Main Street
At a Yard’s Length — Hatsy McGraw
The Visitor — Pamela Ahlen
Decision — Clifford Giffin
Or Not — Anne Bower
Shower — Julie Cadwallader Staub

THE PLAYHOUSE — 11 South Main Street
On the Edge of Evening — Janet Watton
The American Scene — Cynthia Liepmann
Excerpt from The Walden Poems … Latin Class 1958  — Jeanne Ward
Reach — Betsy Unger

BEACON PRINTING — 18 South Main Street
and beyond — Tim Eberhardt
Nectar — Rebecca McMeekin

CENTRAL SUPPLIES — 839 VT Route 12 South
Ars Poetica — Brooke Herter James

RIVER WALK — accessed at the right corner of the Valley Bowl parking lot off Prince Street
Dawn — Jools Skeet
Among the Branches — Jim Schley
Outdoor Classroom — Bobbe Pennington
Sentient Ferns — Jack Mayer
spring ghazal — Cynthia Liepmann
Beauty by the River Bank — Emma Anderson
Birdwatching in a Time of Pandemic  — Angela Burke Kunkel
Blue Jay — Julie Cadwallader Staub

RANDOLPH REGIONAL VETERINARY HOSPITAL — 86 Dylan Drive
Battle of the Horns — Sydney Lea
Anniversary with Dogs — Jeff Bernstein
The Dogs Watch the Northern Light — Betsy Unger
What’s Next — Bonnie Watters

Poem Town Randolph 2021

The 2021 poems are going up in the storefronts all over Randolph and along the river trail.  We received more poems than ever this year. Eighty two poets from 42 towns across the state submitted their work to Randolph’s eighth annual PoemTown celebration. 

We thank all the poets for their generosity in sharing these poems, about to be displayed during April, National Poetry Month, and also to be published in our anthology for PoemTown 2021.

Sadly, because of Covid 19, we chose not to schedule any poetry events again this year. However, we have an exciting new plan:  April-in-August!

During August, we will be holding a few wonderful Poem Town events:

A Reading by two special Vermont Poets: A Sunday afternoon event, out on the lawn at the White River Craft Center

Poetry Open Mic: A Sunday afternoon event, out on the lawn at the White River Craft Center

Farmer Poets Night: Our event that’s become a wonderful tradition, this time on a mid-week August evening  at the Silloway Sugarhouse.

Details of these events are yet to be determined.  Stay tuned and watch this page!   We hope you’re as excited as we are.

The Poem Town team

2019 Poem Locations

Local artist Jan Fowler

River Walk
Trish Alley — Songbird Dreams
Blair Brooks — That Tuft
Corinne Davis — The Heist
Michael Farrand — Sticking to Vermont
William Graham — A Quiet Place
Brook Herter James — At the Edge
Wilma Ann Johnson — persistent tapping
Jonathan Root — Blink
Shannon Trigos — Pockets of Heaven to Be Glimpsed

Randolph Village Laundromat75 North Main Street
Genevieve Bronk — The Aloe Plant in the Doctor’s Office
Gus Speth — What He Could Have Done

Chandler Music Hall 71-73 North Main Street
Hatsy McGraw — Best Dancer
Janet Watton — The Harp Player

Kimball Public Library67 North Main Street
Bonnie Beck — For Mary Oliver
Yvonne Daly — The Most Detailed Map
Rebecca McMeekin — Middle School Science
Andrea Rogers — Lament
Christina Strong — Meditations on Resolutions

Randolph House65 North Main Street
Bonnie Beck — My Dad’s Handkerchief
Nancy Vandenburgh — Step Out

Super Suds Laundromat10 Pleasant Street
Peter Dregallo — Filling Voids
Becky Farmer — Quandary
Wilma Ann Johnson — Oh, what a morning!

Green Light Café22 Pleasant Street
Steve Augustus — Growing Older
Brook Herter James — Every Morning Now
Michelle Holder — Maybe We’re All Saints
Geza Tatrallyay — I often wonder when I see …

Trillium24 Pleasant Street
Anne Bower — For my Tai Chi colleagues
Cynthia Liepmann — Half Mast

The Herald30 Pleasant Street
Anne Bakeman — Dryocopus pileatus
Judy Crocker — Grammar Lessons
Dick Drysdale — Mahatma

Vermont Computing 23 Merchants Row
Carl Garguilo — Digital Deletes
Hatsy McGraw — Imbolc

The Black Krim Tavern 21 Merchants Row
Melanie Adams — A Hard Day

Sidewalk Florist19 Merchants Row
Yvonne Daly — Spring Vigil
Michelle Holder — February

The Red Door20 Merchants Row
Genevieve Bronk — Lavender
Tom Martin — coincidence

Flats Tatooing of Vermont18 Merchants Row
Brook Herter James — Route 90 Westbound

Fisher Auto Parts10 Merchants Row
Melanie Adams — Rusty Nail
Roderick Bates — After the Rapture
Audrey Boerum — The Iron Cat
Anne Bower — November storm
Judy Crocker — Japanese Beetles
George Murphy — Days
George Murphy — Blood
George Murphy — Past
Jack Rossi — Letting Go
Heather Steliga — Tribute to a Victorious Vermonter

One Main Tap & Grill2 Merchants Row
Laura Foley — Flowers in a Ball Jar
Debby Franzoni — At the Downtown Diner
Gina Logan — The Haitian Workers in the Thruway Cafeteria
Janet Watton — Spring

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust 21 North Main Street
Steve Augustus — Catch Her Breath
Jeff Bernstein — My Scientific Submission Process
Rebecca McMeekin — Saltwater Farm, September
Judy Crocker — The Morning I Chose Not to Listen to NPR
Nancy Hewitt — Morning After First Frost
George Longenecker — Summer Lingered
Jack Mayer — God Particle
Janet Watton — Perfection

Ken’s Barbershop33 North Main Street
Gina Logan — The Tracks in this Morning’s Snow

The Frankenburg Agency35 North Main Street
Deb Chadwick — Peaceful

Bethany Church Office29 North Main Street
James Barrett — Rachel
Lindy Sayward — Saving Earth
Jim Schley — Dumbstruck

DuBois & King28 North Main Street
Bonnie Beck — Rolling Rock
Jack Mayer — In Memoriam — SVEA Camp Stove
Verandah Porche — These Are Just to Say
Marshall Witten — Late April

Blue Moon6 North Main Street
Ina Anderson — My Mother’s Purse
Nancy Hewitt — Chanel No. 5

Northfield Savings Bank2 North Main Street
Peter Fernandez — Detoxification Unit 17, B-Wing
Debby Franzoni — And It Was Her Favorite
Nancy Hewitt — Lesion
Verandah Porche — True Haiku: 01.02
Shannon Trigos — When You Go Away

East Garden – 3 Salisbury Street
Pamela Ahlen — At the Botanic Garden in Claremont, CA

Wilson Tire – 5 Salisbury Street
Tom Martin — Nervous

Randolph Municipal Building7 Summer Street
Genevieve Bronk — The Coach
Doreen Guillette — Wisdom of a Maple Tree
Janet Hayward Burnham — Over the Top
Sandra Maccarrone — February

Randolph Coal & Oil8 Salisbury Street
Jack Mayer — BLOOD — House-call on the Canadian border
Verandah Porche — So Long, L. Cohen

Randolph Police Station6 Salisbury Street
Roderick Bates — The Art of the Relationship

Bob’s M&M Beverage4 Salisbury Street
Carl Garguilo — To Each

Chef’s Market 2 Salisbury Street
Jeff Bernstein — Winter Market
Elissa Doering — Before the Neighborhood Wakes
Judith Hishikawa — Strawberry Moments
Rebecca McMeekin — Catching the Light

StagecoachDepot Square
Yvonne Daly — Travelling

NAPA / Randolph Auto Supply3 South Main Street
Pamela Ahlen — You take the Moto Guzzi for a ride
Roderick Bates — Coldest Thanksgiving on Record
Ann Cooper — Driving North
Tim Eberhardt — My Father Always Said
Jenny Rossi — The War is Never Over

Heritage Real Estate 10 South Main Street
Steven Yaskell — The Dog Mountains

The Playhouse11 South Main Street
Jeff Bernstein — Popping Corn on the Interstate

Beacon Printing 18 South Main Street
Anne Bergeron — For My Father
Audrey Boerum — A Poet Is ….

Curves – 12½ South Main Street
Barbara Stearns — 90+

Al’s Pizza12 South Main Street
Lukina Andreyev — And I Lost Me
Audrey Boerum — I Declare My Coronation
Carl Garguilo — Angels
Shannon Trigos — Warm Innocence

Former Verizon Buildingcorner of Main Street and Merchants Row
Anne Bower —- Mt. Ascutney
Ann Cooper — Man’s Fate
Tim Eberhardt — A Hospital Death
Emerson Gale — Winter Garden
Michelle Holder — Pit Stop Near the Boofy Quimby Memorial Center
Cynthia Liepmann — Time
Julie Longstreth — Osteo-dendrochronology

Randolph Regional Veterinary Hospital86 Dylan Drive
Debby Franzoni — Snapshot
Jack Rossi — Luna (Please Leave The Cat Downstairs Tonight, Dear)
Susan Shea — Missing Marmalade
Bonnie Watters — Silvio Loves His Stones

PoemTown Randolph Receives an Owl Award for Best Innovative Community Offering!

Each September The Complete Hoot Guide to Arts and Events in the Upper Valley sponsors The Owl Awards. Through these awards, the regional arts publication honors regional excellence in the arts. The categories are determined by, and then voted on, by its readership. This year a new category was introduced, and PoemTown Randolph earned recognition as the Best Innovative Community Offering.

PoemTown 2016 Thanks!

A heartfelt thank-you to Randolph’s downtown merchants and organizations that so generously supported PoemTown 2016 through their willingness to display poems in windows and host events. We offer special thanks to Kimball Library, The Three Bean Café, Black Krim, and One Main for hosting events during the month.

Thank you to Vermont’s Poet Laureate Chard deNiord, composer Gwyneth Walker, Middlebury poet Gary Margolis, and Central Vermont poets Jamie Gage, Ina Anderson, Dick Drysdale, Pamela Ahlen, and Chloe Viner, and singer/songwriter Lizzy Mandell for their creative contributions. PoetryPlus featuring Bethel poet Danny Dover and pianists Dorothy Robson and Aaron Marcus was a sublime end to the month.

And not to be forgotten are the 62 poets of all ages that represented 33 towns throughout Vermont. We couldn’t have done this without their creativity.

We look forward to PoemTown Randolph 2017!