Wednesday, March 22, 2017

George Mathon (March 18, 1945 - March 21, 2017)

Reading in Brandon
George Mathon, fellow poet and dear friend, died March 21, 2017 in Naples, Florida at 72 after a long struggle with cancer. Born in Burlington, Vermont, George resided during the summer months in a cabin overlooking Joe's Pond in West Danville, Vermont. He wintered in Florida.

He was the author of many poems, and of the books Chickadees and Killers. His newest book, The Marsh, is forthcoming. It was a joy to collaborate with him on so many poems and to be with him here in his final days.

An obituary will appear in The Times Argus, based in Barre, Vermont. A memorial service will be held in Vermont later this year.

His poetry lives on.

Thanks to his friend George Longenecker who was with George at the time, and who first informed us of his passing.

SEE: Sixfold -- Poetry Winter 2014

Thursday, March 16, 2017

RELEASE: Northeast Storytellers Host “Remembering Robert Frost” on April 11

A young Robert Frost at work

Northeast Storytellers Host “Remembering Robert Frost” April 11

St. Johnsbury, VT - March 15, 2017 — For the third year running, the Northeast Storytellers host a Robert Frost remembrance on Tuesday, April 11th from 2-3:30 pm in place of the regular monthly Poetry Tea Party. The “Remembering Robert Frost” special gathering will be dedicated to the memory, poetic works, and legacy of the longtime Vermont resident and poet laureate.

The memorial event will take place at the St. Johnsbury House located at 1207 Main Street in St. Johnsbury as part of a Good Living Senior Center program. Members of the public, residents of the St. Johnsbury House, and Northeast Storytellers and will share readings, reflections, history, anecdotes, and experiences they’ve had with Robert Frost, his works, and his legacy. The event is hosted by the Northeast Storytellers and emceed by group founder Brooke Cullen.

One of the most popular and critically acclaimed American poets of the twentieth century, Robert Lee Frost (1874 – 1963) received four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry and was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1960 for his poetic works. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, and using such settings to examine complex social and philosophical themes. Though Frost never graduated from a university, he received 44 honorary degrees during his lifetime.

Robert Frost was named poet laureate of Vermont in 1961 after living, writing, and teaching in the Green Mountain State for many years. The Robert Frost Farm in Ripton, where he lived and wrote in the summer and fall months from 1939 until his death, is a National Historic Landmark. He wrote one of his most popular poems, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening", in June 1922 at his home in Shaftsbury — which now operates as the Robert Frost Museum. The poet was laid to rest in the Old Bennington Cemetery in Bennington. His gravestone carries the inscription: "I HAD A LOVER'S QUARREL WITH THE WORLD."

Other noted works by Robert Frost include “The Death of a Hired Man", "Mending Wall", and "The Road Not Taken". At 87 he recited his poem “The Gift Outright” from memory at the 1961 inauguration of John F. Kennedy, when faint ink from his typewriter made the poem he'd written for the occasion unreadable.

The Northeast Storytellers — a group of writers, readers, and appreciators of prose and verse — meet regularly the second Tuesday of every month from 2-3:30pm for a Poetry Tea Party at the Good Living Senior Center in St. Johnsbury. The public is welcome to attend, if only to listen, and new members are always encouraged to join. The group organizes events during National Poetry Month every April — ranging from workshops to commemorations to open houses — as well as participating in other activities throughout the year.

National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 and is held every April throughout the country. It is the largest literary celebration in the world — with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital role in our lives.

Formerly a noted hotel, the St. Johnsbury House is now a residential facility for those 55 and over. It offers public lunches Monday through Friday in the former hotel dining room. Conveniently located in the elegantly refurbished St. Johnsbury House on Main Street, close to the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and Fairbanks Museum, The Good Living Senior Center programs and activities, are managed by Vanna Guldenschuh, enrich the lives of folks over 50 from around the Northeast Kingdom.

All Northeast Storyteller events are free and open to the public. Everybody is welcome to attend. For more information, or to participate, please email or call 802.751.5432.


Contact: Brooke Quillen
Phone: 802-751-5432

SEE ALSO: The Robert Frost Society Good Living Senior Center


"Remembering Robert Frost" at St. Johnsbury House April 11


St. Johnsbury House
1207 Main Street,  St. Johnsbury, Vermont
      Tuesday, April  11, 2017 – 2-3:30PM
         Refreshments will be served.

SEE ALSO: press release

Monday, March 13, 2017

PoemTown St. Johnsbury 2017 Events

"They Won't Hear You"

Tell 'em it ends badly
Tell 'em it mends sadly
Tell 'em they act madly
Save your breath . .
. . They won't hear you.
March 13, 2017

Icon @ 50

Your biggest hit was teenage sweat
You died in blood and gore
Have you found nirvana yet?
(It seems like such a chore.)
March 13, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Claiming Scalps With Fake News

When the Left decide they want to eliminate someone from relevance in the socio-political sphere, they use fake news. Here are the steps they use to destroy someone:

1) Spin something out of nothing

Start with a wisp of something that can be spun into something BIG. Spin it in such a way that it will predictably whip up an emotional storm. Best to:

  1. Use a word that is an un-deconstruct-able flashpoint, one that can't be argued against without the arguer losing his position in society (e.g., pedophilia).
  2. Label from the standard Leftist list: e.g., racist, sexist, homophobe. 
  3. Ensure there be no actual, factual basis for the charge, that it's been spun into something completely, dimensionally out-of-touch with all reality.
In the latter phase of the scalping, when the emotional froth is winding down and cooler heads try to unravel the initial accusation, it is critical that they have no way of taking it apart factually—because no factual basis exists for it. With absolutely no factual basis to support the charge, denials add weight to it.

2) Foment an hystericalized tsunami of fake news

Whip up a frenzy in the public using the fake news media network—otherwise known as the Leftist Media Bloc—to create a fait accompli destructive force that not only can't be stopped. Make it appear so massively powerful, and moving at such a speed, that no thinking person would try to stop it.

3) Claim your scalp

By the time the hysterical tsunami recedes, and the flopping fish and sand and debris do not add up to a substantial basis for the initial charge—the job, position in society, and life contentment of the target has been irremediably destroyed. What was created without a factual basis cannot be turned back by checking facts, putting things into perspective, and considering the actual harm the target was guilty of. 

4) Repeat