The Digging Poetry Series continues at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., Tuesday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. with a discussion led by Candice Stover.

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 Stover, Gary Lawless, Jonathan Skinner and Arielle Greenberg. The Maine Humanities Council has awarded the Belfast Free Library a grant in support of this program.

Stover’s discussion will explore the concept of A Woman’s Place. Where is it? In the home, on the road, on the job, wherever she is on the planet and in whatever poem she writes to show how and where she lives, what she values. In this session of Digging Poetry, participants will look more closely at women in place on the page as they turn to clothespins and resumes, kitchen tables and wishing wells, villas and horse dung, ruby-throated hummingbirds and green peppers for location and inspiration in poetry. Poets whose work will be read include Denise Levertov, Jane Kenyon, Joy Harjo, Lisel Mueller, Jane Hirshfield, Jung Tzu, Mary Oliver, Nancy Willard, Pattiann Rogers and Mekeel McBride.

Stover is an award-winning poet and writer who has taught in Shanghai and New Zealand, as well as offered courses in the short story, great letters and poetry at College of the Atlantic. Her collections include “Poems From the Pond,” “Another Stopping Place” and “Holding Patterns,” which received a Maine Chapbook Award.

For the final program Tuesday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m., 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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