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Terence Stewart McLain: 5/24/51–11/24/08

WNPS has lost one of its hosts. We have lost a friend and a unique voice in the world. We didn’t misplace him. He isn’t fired. He went the way of all men, Terry, Terence Stewart McLain, 57, died on Monday Nov. 24, 2008, at home in his Sherman, CT apartment which was overtop a stable.  Terry McLain, we miss you. We will miss your words, your rationality, your always nuanced reactions to the world and to the world of words and ideas.   Your death is a tragedy, and came far too soon. You were so valued in so many ways by so many. There is so much to say, and so much that cannot be said.   The poetry community here will be mourning your loss for a very long time. A private funeral for family was held the week that Terry died at the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Ridgefield, CT.
A memorial service for Terry McLain was held at the Housatonic Friends Meeting House in New Milford, CT on Sunday, January 18, 2009. It was snowy morning but the memorial was well-attended, and many people were moved to speak of him during the service. Afterwards there was a fellowship gathering complete with a buffet of  home-made food, coffee & tea in the community room downstairs.  People stayed, chatted and remembered Terry and were there for several hours. Thanks to all who brought food items and to the Society of Friends for sharing their loss with us and for their gracious hospitality.
A few ladies of the poets group presented a comfort quilt they are in the process of making for Terry’s girlfriend Pamela. The quilt has various squares representing aspects of Terry’s life, (basketballs for his and his son’s love of the game, dog prints for his old hound dog that he lost last year, owls both for his wisdom and for the fact he was a bit of nightowl on the internet, etc etc. It also features  a photo of him and the hand lettered text of his signature poem “The Window Accepts Its Brick.” His poet friends signed a square of the quilt on the back.

WNPS has lost one of its hosts. We have lost a friend and a unique voice in the world. We didn’t misplace him. He isn’t fired. He went the way of all men, Terry, Terence Stewart McLain, 57, died on Monday Nov. 24, 2008, at home in his Sherman, CT apartment which was overtop a stable.  Terry McLain, we miss you. We will miss your words, your rationality, your always nuanced reactions to the world and to the world of words and ideas.   Your death is a tragedy, and came far too soon. You were so valued in so many ways by so many. There is so much to say, and so much that cannot be said.   The poetry community here will be mourning your loss for a very long time. A private funeral for family was held the week that Terry died at the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Ridgefield, CT.

A memorial service for Terry McLain was held at the Housatonic Friends Meeting House in New Milford, CT on Sunday, January 18, 2009. It was snowy morning but the memorial was well-attended, and many people were moved to speak of him during the service. Afterwards there was a fellowship gathering complete with a buffet of  home-made food, coffee & tea in the community room downstairs.  People stayed, chatted and remembered Terry and were there for several hours. Thanks to all who brought food items and to the Society of Friends for sharing their loss with us and for their gracious hospitality.

Anne Marie Marra's Quilt for Terry & Pamela

A few ladies of the poets group presented a comfort quilt they are in the process of making for Terry’s girlfriend Pamela. The quilt has various squares representing aspects of Terry’s life, (basketballs for his and his son’s love of the game, dog prints for his old hound dog that he lost last year, owls both for his wisdom and for the fact he was a bit of nightowl on the internet, etc etc. It also features  a photo of him and the hand lettered text of his signature poem “The Window Accepts Its Brick.” His poet friends signed a square of the quilt on the back.

UPDATED LINK: Click for more photos and to read a few of Terry’s poems.

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Posted by on November 27, 2008 in * Past Specials

 

11/26/08 – Jim Kelleher & Giving Thanks Open “Myk”

YES Faith and Jim have agreed to this date despite earlier emails to the contrary…..

Jim Kelleher

 

Jim Kelleher teaches literature and composition at Northwestern Community College in Winsted, works in a group home to support three handicapped men, and is also a self-employed carpentry contractor. He earned an MFA degree from New England College in 2007. In former lives he was a teacher in the Boston public schools, caretaker for a summer camp, and Fillmore East usher. He lives in Goshen, CT, with Queenie Troy.   Quarry is his first book, just released by Atrium House. The poems “present a gritty, no-holds-barred depiction of people, creatures and events for which hardship and endurance are the hallmarks. Early readers of the book have been universally enthusiastic: Maxine Kumin has commented that “Kelleher makes tough, knobby poems out of what he knows as carpenter, wood splitter, snowplower, and canny observer of the natural world. He is one of a kind and so are his carefully crafted but unvarnished poems.”

 

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2008 in * Past Features, * Past Theme Nights

 

11/19/08 – Document 183

Alice-Anne Harwood (left)

Former WNPS host poet Alice-Anne Harwood’s wild and crazy band!!! Her poems serve as song lyrics for their music!

“Document 183 started when a few of us got together to play some songs we liked. We realized we had something going and we started to write our own songs and add some more people to the lineup. Now we’re addicted to the band, so we’re writing some more songs, booking some gigs, and planning a cd.”  Band members are: Dana Astmann (bass, vocals, keyboards); Tiff Elliott (acoustic and electric guitars); Alice-Anne Harwood (lead vocals); and John Hirbour (percussion, guitar, mandolin.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2008 in * Past Features

 

11/12/08 – WNPS POETRY SLAM #3

Host & Slam Master: Dan

SLAM CANCELLED DO TO NO SIGNUPS   ARRAGH!!!!
an open mic followed by a SLAM! – so if you like to read quietly sign up for the open mic. If you like to be dramatic sign up for the slam. OR COME AND BE A JUDGE and learn decimals — 7.58 can be a score. Judges score a slam performance Olympic style 1.0 to 10 and all decimals in between. A winner will be declared. 

CoME oN DoWN and BriNg youR POEMS!! 
Three minutes, five judges. 
 
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Posted by on November 13, 2008 in * Past Specials

 

11/5/08 – Roger Bonair Agard

Roger Bonair-Agard

Bio and photo are from his web/blog:

Roger Bonair-Agard weaves living, breathing tapestries out of politics and the notion of home; a native of Trinidad and Tobago, Roger has lived in Brooklyn for seventeen years and his work reflects the struggles of a man in voluntary exile in a conflicted 21st-century America.

A professional performance poet since 1997, Roger has appeared three times on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam on HBO, performed and facilitated writing and performance workshops at colleges, universities and high schools around the country, and stirred audiences at festivals and concerts from Germany to South Africa to Anchorage, Alaska. He recently opened for calypso legend Shadow for an audience of 2,000 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

He is co-author of Burning Down the House (Soft Skull Press, 2000), and author of tarnish and masquerade, scheduled for publication by Cypher Press in April 2006. He co-founded the louderARTS Project (of which he is also Artistic Director), an organization dedicated to the evolution of poetry through the craft of writing and performance.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2008 in * Past Features

 
 
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