The Digging Poetry Series continues at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., Tuesday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. with a discussion by Jonathan Skinner on EcoPoetics.

The series, Digging Poetry: Hot-Hip American Poetry, takes place each Tuesday evening in April with a discussion led by a renowned Maine poet. Designed to develop a deeper appreciation of modern poetry, the series features poets Gary Lawless, Skinner, Candice Stover and Arielle Greenberg. The Maine Humanities Council has awarded the Belfast Free Library a grant in support of this program.

Skinner’s topic is Ecopoetics: Language, Form and Site. His reading of poetry that provokes environmental reflection, through form as much as content, will include works by John Clare, Lorine Niedecker, Charles Olson, Gary Snyder, Larry Eigner, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Juliana Spahr and others. How do land art (Robert Smithson), conceptual writing (Kenneth Goldsmith) or mestizo poetics (Cecilia Vicuña) change our relation to place? Can poetry speak to collapsing bee colonies, displaced communities or the Pacific garbage patch? This program will take a creative look at language in the face of climate change, with an introduction to some techniques in site-specific writing.

Skinner’s poetry collections include “With Naked Foot” and “Political Cactus Poems.” He has published essays on post-objectivist poetry, on mockingbirds and curing songs and on the life of vacant lots. Skinner edits the journal ecopoetics and teaches in the Environmental Studies Program at Bates College.

The following discussion, A Woman’s Place, led by Candice Stover, will be Tuesday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. The final program on Tuesday, April 27th at 6:30 p.m. will have Arielle Greenberg will lead participants through A Century of Radical Verse: A Glance at American Poetry on the Margins, 1910-2010.

This series, co-sponsored by Belfast’s Poet Laureate Linda Buckmaster and the Belfast Free Library, is free and open to the public. Prior to each discussion, a packet of poems to be discussed will be available for participants to pick up at the library. Participants are encouraged to sign up in advance for each program so that there are enough copies.

Those interested in participating may sign up in advance by calling or stopping by the main circulation desk of the library, 338-3884, ext. 10.

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