Poetry on Windows becomes local tradition with area students, shop owners

Wed, 06/22/2022 - 8:00am

    Three years ago, S.E.A. Board member Elphie Owen, who teaches at Camden-Rockport Middle School (CRMS), suggested to start Poetry On Windows. Who could have predicted that Poetry on Windows would so quickly become a local institution?  

    Since 2020, each May over the Memorial Day weekend, poems about the environment appear on windows throughout Camden.  This year you can also enjoy poems in Rockport, and Lincolnville, and next year you may see them on store windows in Appleton and Hope, as well. The poems are written by local students, and scribed onto windows by talented artists from the community. 

    This past spring, poet Brian Evans-Jones held workshops in Appleton Village School, Camden-Rockport Middle School, Hope Elementary, and Lincolnville Central School.  You will appreciate the success of these workshops when you read the poems that now grace over 50 windows throughout our community.

    Poetry on Windows has thrived with support from the Bisbee Fund, YouthArts, and Camden National Bank, as well as the help of many talented volunteers, and young poets.  In three short years, the people who make Poetry on Windows possible, have created a memorable three-week event for residents and visitors.