For the second year, Poems Downtown is underway as part of April’s National Poetry Month. Poems by established American poets have been placed in the windows of local businesses, each poem representing something about the business.

For example, “The Love Cook” by Ron Padgett is at Darby’s, and Town & Country Realtors has a poem that is a play on words about real estate and property ownership. A poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson at Maine Farmland Trust ends with “I affirm, my actions smack of the soil.” At Rollie’s, there is an excerpt from Gary Snyder’s “I Went Into The Maverick Bar,” and at the Belfast Coop, one can read “Green Tea.” “Fairy-Tale Logic” by A.E. Stallings at All About Games states “You have to fight magic with magic.”

The project is organized by poet Arielle Greenberg and Belfast Poet Laureate Linda Buckmaster. Buckmaster’s poem “Belfast Autumn” is at City Hall. Other participating businesses include Brambles, Colburn Shoe Store, Coyote Moon, Home Supply Center, Out of The Woods, The Chocolate Drop Candy Shoppe, The Good Table and Yo Mamma’s Home.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to