A founder of the poetry journal we know as The Mountain Troubadour
If you visit Hope Cemetery in Barre, Vermont, you will discover an unusual monument—a monument composed of twin beds attached to an elaborately carved headboard. Sculpted out of Vermont granite, this memorial was designed in 1953 by William Halvosa, an early PSOV member, to express his undying devotion to his wife.
Once again, we received more than 1,000 entries! Winning poems came from seven different states and also from China! We are grateful for your support and hope to see even more poems in 2024. Our mission is for young poets to know their voices matter and are valued. Thank you, poets, and a special thanks to all the teachers, parents, and mentors too!
PSOV is happy to share the following interviews with member Carol Johnson Collins as a guest on the The 5 H Radio Show which broadcasts live every Friday at noon and again on Sundays at 3:00 pm from Community Radio Station WMRW in Warren, Vermont.
Stockwell’s poem portrays a haunting, potent, compact illustration of a woman who has suffered greatly and whose past trauma continues, to this day, to shape—indeed to limit—her worldview and expression. A tragic vignette into the life of the subject, not a single word in the creation of this poem goes unused, nor fails to serve impactful purpose. Also of incidental interest: Though Mud Season Review enjoys at this point national and even international scope, it’s nice when the poem under consideration which has sparked our intrigue comes from a Vermonter, bringing the great, wide circle back home.
Vermont poets are invited to submit one or two original poems to PoemTown St. Johnsbury 2024, using this year’s theme as a point of departure: “Eclipse.” As always, PoemTown St. Johnsbury welcomes submissions from writers of any age, both amateur and published poets. Writers who live in the Northeast Kingdom are strongly encouraged to participate.
Poems must be submitted to Catamount Arts by midnight on February 29, 2024...Poets are asked to read the submission guidelines carefully.
Let me begin by extending three invitations. The first is an invitation to visit our newly designed website. When the home page appears, click on “About” and then on “Archives”—and so enter the world of our Archival Collection. Here you will find a history of the PSOV, detailing the struggles of those pioneer poets who braved a storm to attend our first meeting, a photo of Robert Frost on the cover of the 1960 Troubadour, and even a video of Ann Day, Marian Gleason, and Nancy Brunelle reading poetry.