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POEMS AND A CALL FOR HAIKUS TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

Poetry will fill downtown St. Johnsbury in April as the town celebrates National Poetry Month with PoemTown St. Johnsbury. PoemTown St. Johnsbury is a collaborative project of Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, and St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce. It is affiliated with PoemCity in Montpelier. Come to downtown St. Johnsbury during the month of April and read the poems that were submitted this year! Poems are posted on Railroad Street, Eastern Avenue, and Main Street. You can find a list of poets, their poems, and where they are located here.

Now in its seventh year, PoemTown St. Johnsbury will display more than 100 poems submitted by poets of all ages on business windows throughout St. Johnsbury for the entire month of April. Many poets were inspired by the dual themes for 2021, “A New Season” and “Lost and Found.”

Organizers are also putting out a call for community members to write haiku poems to be posted downtown as part of Catamount Arts’ StJ Art on the Street project, which fills empty storefronts with the work of local artists. A haiku is generally considered a three-line poem about the natural world; the first and third lines have five syllables, while the middle line has seven. Writers of all ages can pick up yellow “haiku circles” at Cosmic Cup Café on Eastern Avenue, Boxcar & Caboose or Moose River Lake & Lodge on Railroad Street. Haikus should be printed legibly in black ink on a circle, and returned to Catamount Arts (there is a plastic tub on the front steps for deposit). Haikus will be accepted throughout the month of April.

Catamount Arts Education Director Anne Campbell noted, “We are so excited to bring poetry to downtown storefronts again after Covid kept us from posting last year. Downtown St. Johnsbury is blooming with the start of spring! I encourage everyone to take time to walk down Main Street, Eastern Avenue, and Railroad Street to read poems and view the work by local artists that fill our storefronts.”  Poems will also be posted at several businesses on Memorial Drive.

The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum will offer a poetry open mic via Zoom on Friday, April 16 from 6-7 pm. They will also host a Robert Frost remembrance event on Sunday, April 25 at 4 pm via Zoom. For details, call Adele at 802-745-1392 or visit stjathenaeum.org.