Monthly Archives: August 2011



Though half of Newtown is still without electricity, power has been restored to Church Hill Rd and the Garage where the Wednesday Night Poetry Series meets – so Wedpoetry will hold an open mic tonight. Please disregard our previous cancellation notice.

NOTE: If for any reason power is cut off again when we arrive at the Garage, we will head to the Blue Colony for coffee, conversation and a one-poem-each round-table reading.

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Posted by on August 31, 2011 in * Past Features


August 24, 2011 – Song Lyrics/Poems by Joni Mitchell

August 24th – song lyrics/poems by Joni Mitchell. Read ’em or sing ’em.

Where were you when you first heard a Joni Mitchell song? What nostalgic memories rush back when you hear her unmistakable voice? What song of hers were you obsessed with?

Come join us for a Joni Mitchell open mike night. Read her lyrics, sing them, bring a guitar, read a poem inspired by her music/words, or a poem that relates back to a time, for those of us around back then, when she gave you something you could not name but you knew you needed. Aug 24th, WNPS The Garage, Newtown, CT (Photos are of a battered Joni Mitchell songbook, well used, broken binding, well loved…..)

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August 17, 2011 – Polly Brody

August 17th – Polly Brody

Polly Brody is the author of four books: OTHER NATIONS, THE BURNING BUSH, AT THE FLOWER’S LIP, and her latest, STIRRING SHADOWS. Her poetry has been published in over 40 literary reviews and journals including: THE SPOON RIVER POETRY REVIEW, ZONE 3, THE MIDWEST QUARTERLY, THE POTOMAC REVIEW, and the CONNECTICUT RIVER REVIEW.

She has twice received the Winchell Award from the Connecticut Poetry Society. Polly has placed first, second, and third in national writing competitions, most recently in 2006 in a competition sponsored by Friends of Acadia, and judged by Wesley McNair.

Polly also has created and taught seminars on animal behavior. She holds a Masters Degree in Biology and is a veteran field ornithologist. Many of her poems derive from her understanding of the natural world.and its creatures.

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Posted by on August 17, 2011 in * Past Features


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August 10, 2011 – Andrea Barton & Martina Crouch

August 10 – Andrea Barton & Martina Crouch

Martina Crouch

Andrea Barton

Martina Crouch is one of quadruplets born to Nigerian-American parents. She was invited to read at the 2009 Sunken Garden Festival for Fresh Voices when she was a Danbury High School senior. At that time, her work had been published in her school’s literary magazine and she attended the New England Young Writers’ Conference in Vermont. Martina is now a student at Yale, class of 2014.

Andrea Barton is a mother, a daughter, a poet, and English teacher, and an editor, in that order. Her work has been published in Labletter, The Cleave Webzine, The Lewis and Clark Literary Review, and most recently was included in Ray Bechard’s latest book: The Berlin Turnpike: The True Story of Human Trafficking in America. In the fall of 2010, her chapbook, Leaves Pasted Akimbo was released, and she is pleased to know that it is being used as text in an English classroom in Windsor, CT. Andrea runs a monthly, first Monday series called GotPoetry Live II in Willimantic where she hosts features from all over the east coast, and an open mic. She lives inGlastonbury with her 7 year old daughter, some cats and a whole bunch of woods.

.A poem by Martina Crouch:

Welcome to my aviary.

Before entering, note:

1. Never bring your birds in here; overcrowding will awaken this system’s
need to purge and all
its cannibals.

2. Build no nests. Their scavenged aluminum throws the sun like
silver and I’m fooled into thinking my trash valuable. Don’t clot
my bones with a heavier home than mine.

3. If you can’t deal
with flight, hot eyes, or swallowing only seeds,
leave. Here
only flowers will climb from your throat
or broken notes
from a song you don’t remember.

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Posted by on August 10, 2011 in * Past Features


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August 3, 2011 – “Just Us” open myk

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Posted by on August 3, 2011 in * Past Theme Nights

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