Monthly Archives: April 2010

4/28/2010 Lori Desrosiers

Lori Desrosiers

Lori Desrosiers grew up on the banks of the Hudson River in NY, but now calls Westfield, Massachusetts her home. Her chapbook of poetry, Three Vanities, is published by Pudding House Press. Her poetry has been published in BigCityLit, The Equinox, Blue Fifth Review, Ballard Street Poetry Journal, November 3rd Club, Common Ground Review, Gold Wake Press’ five-poem mini-chapbook series and others. She is the Editor of Naugatuck River Review, a journal of narrative poetry, and also publishes Poetry News, an online newsletter of poetry-related events in the CT/Mass. region. She teaches English at Westfield State College and earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing/Poetry from New England College.

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April 21, 2010 – Workshop “the Seventeen” & Open Myk

Workshop conducted by host Mark McGuire-Schwartz:

Mark Mcguire-Schwartz

The Seventeen Writing Workshop: The Seventeen is a brand new poetic form cooked up by that wild guy to the left. <—- It is so new, in fact, that it is still in development. Workshop attendees will learn about some of the characteristics of 17’s, and how to write a one. If you are coming and wish to participate bring the following items with you: • Paper & pen, • Scraps of unfinished poems, • Old lines that were cut from poem but still have some serviceable life in them, • Some notes on things that you’ve been thinking about lately, • Some jottings about things that amuse, • Scribbles about things that annoy or anger, • Dreams, • or whatever.

Still wondering why you should attend this workshop?

Here are the top 17 reasons:

17. It will provide a fresh approach to writing that will enhance any poetry that you write!
16. You missed a chance to the first man on the moon. This may be your last best chance to be a pioneer!
15. So much more complete than a 14!
14. It will give insight to some of what goes into writing avant garde poetry!
13. It will open new avenues of approach to writing poetry by providing new ways to examine a subject.
12. Hey! You never know! It just might be something . . .
11. Stevens found 13 ways to look at a Blackbird. Just 13, my dear Wallace? I scoff!
10. So much more concise than a 19!
9. You did not have the opportunity to be one of the first people to write a sonnet, or a haiku, or a villanelle. Hmmmmmmm . . .
8. It’s crazy! It makes no sense!
7. Limerick writers, break out of those humdrum days and dreary nights slaving over rhymes for Nantucket!
6. Haven’t you ever wanted to write in a form that is the square root of 289?
5. Maybe it will be raining that day!
4. Workshop attendees will get a significant price break on the first book of 17s, when it is published later this year.
3. It’s fun!
2. Hey, your taxes are done; What better do you have to do?
1. It just may be the way to world peace!


You should have been there! We had fun with this!

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April 14, 2010 Sharon Charde

Sharon L. Charde, a retired family therapist and writing teacher, is an award-winning poet and recently first prize winner in the Matt Clark New Delta Review contest. Her work has been published in over thirty journals and anthologies.

She edited and published an anthology of poetry I Am Not A Juvenile Delinquent, which was a product of her weekly writing workshop at Touchstone, a Litchfield residential facility for adjudicated teen-aged girls where she’s volunteered since 1999. Last summer Touchstone dedicated “The Sharon Charde Poetry Garden” in her honor. She won first prize in the Flume Press 2005 chapbook competition for her chapbook, Bad Girl At The Altar Rail, which was published in September 2005. Four Trees Down From Ponte Sisto, a chapbook collection of poems on her son’s death, won first prize from The Dallas Poets Community in 2006, and Backwaters Press published her full-length collection, Branch In His Hand, in November 2008. She won the first Litchfield County Inge Morath Award in 2005, given for Sharon’s significant social impact in the arts, and the “Making A Difference For Women Award” from Soroptimist International of Greater Waterbury, CT in 2007. She has received six Pushcart nominations as well as fellowships to both Vermont Studio Center and Virginia Center For the Creative Arts.

She has led women’s writing retreats in Lakeville, CT and Block Island, RI since 1990, and has lived in Lakeville since 1970 with her husband John.


Across the small shining pool I see a boy
about ten, narrow body, loose nylon suit,
and then there you are rising out of him
like steam, in your own ten-year-old body,
navy trunks with the two red stripes down the side,
wet hair sticking to your forehead, you’ve just
gotten out of the pool and are calling me
to come and look at something on the other side.
Your bathing suit is drenched and droopy but you
are widely smiling, you’ve always loved
the water, want me to come in with you now,
swim the length of the shimmering rectangle.
Slowly I rise to move toward you, dive in
and then of course you are gone but the water
takes me in and I begin to stroke, first the crawl,
then I’m on my back and then over on my breast ,
laps and laps, my legs kicking then scissoring, heart
deep in the chlorinated liquid, not drowning.

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April 7, 2010 -Claire Zoghb

Claire Zoghb


He’s put the war out of his mind. Shelling and murdered relatives behind him. But it lives on in his legs: one limb at a time shakes constantly, even in sleep, as if someone had told him once long ago that he could outrun memory and he half-believed it.

Claire Zoghb’s first full-length collection, Small House Breathing, won the 2008 Quercus Review annual competition. A chapbook, Dispatches from Everest, is forthcoming from Pudding House Press. Her work has appeared in Yankee, Connecticut Review, Connecticut River Review, Caduceus, CALYX, Saranac Review, Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America, Natural Bridge, Quercus Review, in the anthologies Through A Child’s Eyes: Poems and Stories About War and Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems. Twice a Pushcart Prize nominee, Claire was the winner of the 2008 Dogwood annual poetry competition. She is a recipient of two Artist Fellowships from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, an Urban Artists Initiative grant, a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, and has earned a certificate from the Amherst Writers and Artists Institute. She lives in New Haven, where she works as a graphic artist/book designer and teaches writing workshops for kids.

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Posted by on April 7, 2010 in * A Few Poems, * Past Features



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