Great to be profiled in the MA Poetry Festival’s June newsletter, Getting to Know Poets with New Books. Click here for the link, which includes a video of me reading the title poem, “Before There Was Before.”
What great musicians and great energy, and Thoreau was actually born here in this modest farmhouse. Came outside after the music and my reading
to delight in the beautiful fields, lightning flashes, downpours, a rainbow in the east and some light still in the western sky. The tour members are walking between Walden Pond to Mount Wachusett, with a concert every night through July 2. Thoreau once did, pioneering a future Thoreau walking trail and bringing awareness of land use and artistic diversity on their bipedal tour.
I’ll be reading Tuesday, June 27, at 6 pm at the Thoreau Farm, 341 Virginia Road, Concord, as part of the Massachusetts Walking Tour’s kickoff event for the second leg of the group’s tour from Thoreau’s Walden Pond to Wachusetts. The MA Walking Tour gives an annual bipedal tour promoting local arts and culture.
The 6-7 pm program June 27 will also feature an ocarina player and and a songwriter, and from 7-8 is a concert. There’s a day hike that morning from Walden Pond to Acton, if anyone’s game.
“The Birch,” from Before There Was Before, was first published in The Hudson Review. I remembered that the “little brown dog” was on the back of the slipcase, and that the book was Thomas Mann’s Joseph in Egypt. The dog was actually the logo for Alfred A. Knopf. This was the book! Funny how some memories bob back up while others are unrecoverable.