On Friday, Oct. 17, at 5 p.m., the downtown Maine Farmland Trust Gallery will present Barn Raising, a poetry reading by Swanville poets Joshua Kauppila and Toussaint St. Negritude.

In celebration of the Belfast Poetry Festival, which opens that evening, this Poetry on Main event aims to invoke the potent and lyrical declarations of two farm-held poets from a world of voices, as viewed from the woods of coastal Maine. The event is free, with donations accepted.

Award-winning poet Kauppila writes from his years of farm experience to illuminate the relation of the wild and the domestic in modern life. His poems dance on the blurred line between the personal and the political with the aim of erasing that distinction. Via an old Royal typewriter and the back road spirit of his bass clarinet, St. Negritude conjures all crossroads of the wilderness, jazz, liberation and the farm-wide advocacy of all our unbound-global transcendence.

The Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, 97 Main St., will host this apt aperitif of local voices, an hour prior to the opening of the 10th annual Belfast Poetry Festival down High Street at the American Legion Hall.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.