Poetry Society of Vermont
founded in 1947
Poetry Society of Vermont

“Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow.”  A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

The Poetry Society of Vermont, founded in 1947, is an association of poets and supporters who join in promoting an interest in poetry through workshops, readings, contests, and contributions to the society’s chapbook. Anyone may join the society, including high school and college students and non-residents of Vermont. We welcome both writers and appreciative readers.


Two ways to join:

1. Sign up and pay, as well as make donations at:


2. Contact membership chair, Sally Anne Reisner. Mail dues of $25 ($15 for students) to Box 1215, Waitsfield, VT 05673. Please include your name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address. Membership must be renewed annually by January 1. A list of members is available upon request.

Advantages of membership include participation in readings and workshops, opportunities to have poems published in the society’s chapbook, The Mountain Troubadour, feedback and comments on submitted poems, competition for awards, and fellowship with many appreciative readers and writers of poetry. Members receive a copy of the society’s journal, The Mountain Troubadour, published annually.

Books by Our Members:

Alice Wolf Gilborn has a new book of poems, Apples & Stones, from Kelsay Books, which was released on August. Order from; www.kelsaybooks.com, Amazon, or the Northshire Bookstore, www.northshire.com.

Samantha Kolber has a new book, Birth of a Daughter which you can purchase at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, or order from them at:

Samantha was featured in the Times Argus and The Bridge.

William Thwing has a new memoir: Restless Days: Haibun Memoir of a Vietnam Veteran's Journey to Create a New Life While Recovering from PTSD, published by  Shires Press in Manchester. It’s written in Japanese Haibun poetry.

President’s Choice Poem June, 2021


Rhythm of the Forest


We walk the old logging road

high along the forest’s eastern

slope, where spring’s morning

sunlight slants through bare

branches of maple, oak, beech,

butternut still tight budded

on these frosty days of April.

The forest floor warms under

last year’s old leaves as violets

spring beauties, trout lilies and

Dutchmen’s breeches bloom

along the old road where we

pause to breathe in the miracle

of newness from the old.


Late spring the blossoms

will have begun to fade, fruits

and seeds form on the stems.

Grouse, deer and mice feed

on the berries and stems as

plants return into the ground.


Again, in late May we walk in

shadows of the hardwood trees

unfurling their summer leaves.

While, deep in the earth, the

plants take nourishment from

hardwood roots to grow again

in next year’s April’s sun: these

spring ephemeral plants, living

in rhythm with the forest trees.


Ann B. Day



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