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We know Poetry Society of Vermont (PSOV) members are publishing great work and doing exciting things in our communities. We love seeing all the work our members are putting out into the world and everything you all do to promote poetry in our state and beyond. Tell us about your recent publication(s), awards, readings, or other poetry-related news and events, and share the appropriate link(s). Please complete the NewsPost form or send your news to Elizabeth. We’ll share your updates with the PSOV community via our weekly newsletter, social media, and/or our website. By the way, have you noticed we have a new website? Check it out at poetrysocietyofvermont.org.

If you are not yet a member, please join us! Sign up today for your 2024 membership and enjoy all the benefits offered to Poetry Society of Vermont members. Also, consider gifting a membership to your poetry friends and family members.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Erika Nichols-Frazer, Editor of The Mountain Troubadour

Tricia Knoll

The Unknown Daughter

The Poetry Society of Vermont is please to announce the upcoming publication of member Tricia Knoll’s poetry book, The Unknown Daughter available now at pre-order prices from Finishing Line Press.

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Imagine a monument to the Unknown Daughter as an actual architectural place and destination. Imagine the voices of caretakers, fundraisers, visitors, gardeners at the nearby rose garden, Uber drivers delivering people to the monument, neighbors, high school students who compete in essay contests to make the unknown Known, the daughter and her family. They have much to say about women who are unknown despite the amazing things they have accomplished or unknown for other reasons. The book is dedicated to those unknowns and to my brother.

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Triscia Knoll, Author

Tricia Knoll’s The Unknown Daughter dedicates itself to the incredible work of Making Known: of naming and describing the complex experience of being a daughter, of asking who we might be as a culture and a country if we took it upon ourselves to honestly do so.  Knoll’s book is a beautiful, taut series of linked poems filled with myriad voices, each a pebble dropped into the silencing waters of family and history, each helping to recover not just one daughter, but all.

Annie Lighthart, Author of Pax

Be sure to support member authors by purchasing a copy of their book(s.)You can order copies of Tricia’s book during the pre-sale for $15.99 until January 5, her book will be shipped on March 1, 2024. Also, look for member books in your local independent bookstore( if not available, suggest they support Vermont poets and stock them.)

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Nancy Haiduck

Cabbie: New York City 1971,1972 True Tales by N.G. Haiduck

Poetry Society of Vermont member, Nancy Haiduck’s first book: Cabbie: New York City 1971,1972 True Tales is a collection of stories about driving a cab in the early 70s when she was young and new to New York City.

Haiduck’s book is available at pre-sale prices at Finishing Line Press until November 24th.

Sarah Audsley announcement

Member’s Poem-a-Day

Sarah Audsley, who is a PSOV member and the Writing Program Manager at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, had her poem, A Massive Aquarium Holding 1,500 Tropical Fish Bursts published on Poem-a-Day by the Academy of American Poets!

Click here to read Sarah’s poem on poets.org

Sarah’s debute poetry collection, Landlock X, was published by Texas Review Press earlier this year and has received brilliant reviews, such as this one on PoetryFoundation.org. ‘

Be sure to support member authors by purchasing a copy of their book(s) from your local independent bookstore ( if not available, suggest they support Vermont poets and stock them.)

Staring Too Closely

Book Review by George Longenecker

With masterful poetry and poignant imagery, Erika Nichols-Frazer dares to write powerfully personal verse. In “Warming Up” her wood fire is an extended metaphor for the pain of an ectopic pregnancy. She says “I don’t have words for how it hurts,” yet her words make pain alive for the reader:

      I hunch into myself, become as small as I can, try to get warm.
      The fire’s being chewed out from the inside too.

She says in “Post-Op,” “I come from women who know how to hurt, / how to bear weight far greater than their own.” In “Mother’s Day, 2013” she writes of the personal pain of a day far from perfect. In her doubt and weeping she shows us love and forgiveness at their best.

     My heart breaks every day

     On my way back to work from my second visit of the day
     I see a sign outside a flower shop that says

     Mother’s Day Is Coming
     Is Your Mother Special? Buy Her Flowers!

     And cry so hard I have to pull over.

In “Deer Season” she ponders her ambivalence about the annual hunting ritual. “A body hangs, hooked, from the neighbors shed/ A flash of red and bone-shiny insides/…A reminder that I do not belong here.”

“The List” was written before the latest war, about the 2014 school massacre in Pakistan, yet it could be any of the many wars and school shootings so far this century. Good poets focus on personal tragedy, and leave analysis to news media. The list tells it all. However, it might have been good to have a brief footnote about the place and date of this horrific event.

      148 names are tacked to the wall
      in lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar.

      148 names too fresh for headstones
      memorialized only on a sheet of paper
      daring the crowd of parents to look.

These are personal poems about mind, body and loved ones. These are views from the poet’s window but also of a prescient world view. Erika Nichols-Frazer has done well on her journey to master poetry and her inner self. These poems are consistently well- crafted. Let the poet have the final word in her title poem, “Staring Too Closely:”

      Pilfer pockets for leftover time.
      In the hours escorting dawn to doorstep,
      the low frequency tremors hum in new light,
      claiming to be as they appear,
      their scent foreign to the morning.

~George Longenecker,

Poetry Society of Vermont Past President

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Staring Too Closely
Erika Nichols-Frazer
Main Street Rag (2023) poetry
ISBN 978-1-59948-970-4 54 pages, $14 (+ shipping)
https://mainstreetragbookstore.com/product-tag/erika-nichols-frazer/

Judith Janoo

Announcement & Readings

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Poetry Society of Vermont member and contributing editor of The Mountain Troubadour, Judith Janoo is pleased to announce the launch of her second poetry collection, “Just This” published by Kelsay Books.

As a depicter of hardscrabble, northern Vermont, Judith Janoo is all but peerless. She is regional in the same sense that Frost-and so much compelling poetry-essentially is.

-Sydney Lea, Vermont’s Poet Laureate (2011-2015) 
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“Just This” is available online at Kelsay Books and several local Vermont bookstores, including:

Upcoming Readings:

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