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Poets in the Attic is a Wolfeboro treasure

THE POETS IN THE ATTIC met Thursday evening, April 26, at The Country Bookseller for the first gathering of 2012. The group meets on the fourth Thursday each month from 7 to 9 p.m. to read or recite their poems. Enjoying the poetry of Eric March are (l-r) Michelle Gardner, Barbara Bald, Geoff Fernald, Marsh, Ron Dudley, Nanci Aguiar, and Eleanor Corliss (in profile). (Elissa Paquette photo) (click for larger version)
May 03, 2012
WOLFEBORO — "Wolfeboro is a small community filled with unusual treasures. The Country Bookseller is one. Poets in the Attic is another," says the group's founder, Gordon Lang.

On Thursday evening, April 26, that was exemplified as poets gathered for the first time this year to listen to their peers recite their work. There were 17 people in all, coming from as far as Alton, Belmont, Candia, Canterbury, Concord, Laconia to join the Wolfeboro stalwarts to share the pleasure of their latest treasures.

Eleanor Corliss read a poem she wrote in 1937 at age 19, offering a step back in time and place, and Barbara Bald read a poem in honor of her friend Marilyn Campbell, whom she met while volunteering at Wolfeboro Bay Rehabilitation Center. Bald's poem featured a look through the images of Campbell's photo album infused with Campbell's recollections.

Each poet took a turn reading aloud. Ron Dudley was the master of videographer Joe Bradley's microphone situated in the center of the circle, giving it a turn toward each reader in the circle gathered in the bookstore's café when it came their turn, should they wish to be recorded. That is an option a few shyly declined, as is their choice. Those who are recorded may be seen on Wolfeboro Television, Channel 25.

Michelle Gardner sang a new song as she played her guitar for the group, the only singer of the night, but they are welcome, too.

A reader during a Poets in the Attic gathering is guaranteed a respectful audience, for who appreciates the heart beating experience of reciting a personal poem in front of an audience more than a fellow writer?

Images of gypsies as seen by a small child came to life that evening, as well as the sensation of feeling new growth arising under brown leaves. And there were poems intended as a wedding gift, words of warning along with joy and nostalgia.

Country Bookseller owner Karen Baker responds to requests for cookies and beverages from the café during the intermission, one of the perks of the location. "She has made this our home for the last seven years," says Lang. She'll open her doors for the poets on the fourth Thursday between 7 and 9 p.m. each month throughout the summer and fall and into the winter. Visitors are welcome.

Martin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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