The Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. , will host an in-person poetry reading Tuesday July 12, at 6:30 p.m. The reading, “Three Poets Under a Full Buck Moon: Millikin, Sander, Spitfire” will take place in the Abbott Room and is free and open to all.
Midcoast poets, Karin Spitfire, Ellen Sander, and Claire Millikin will read from their recently published books: The Body in Late Stage Capitalism( Spitfire) ; Aquifer(Sander); and Dolls and Transitional Objects Milliken).
“Confronting time and place in the 21st century, these poets give a passionate and loving look at how we live now – how capitalism and travel shape us, how we save what we can of what we love, and how the lost dolls of childhood return as figures of enlightenment and redemption,” according to a press release from the library.
Claire Millikin is the author of eight books of poetry and, as co-editor of Enough!, a 2021 recipient of the Maine Literary Award. Dolls was named a semi-finalist for the 2022 Poetry Book Award for North American Publishers & Writers. Millikin teaches art history at various universities and colleges in Maine.
Ellen Sander is a journalist and poet, with journalism written during and about rock's crowning era. Author of the best-selling “Trips: Rock Life in the Sixties”, re-released in 2019, Sander’s poetry book “Aquifer: Poems Evoked on Water” is a collection that transmits us through a luminous place of in-between that asks the reader to reimagine their own view of the world.
Karin Spitfire has been creating art, community events and doing healing work in Belfast since 1987. Spitfire was Poet Laureate of Belfast in 2007 and 2008, after publishing her first poetry book Standing with Trees. Her latest book, The Body in Late Stage Capitalism, released in 2021, confronts the pressing issues of survival through connections with our earth with poetry that goes beyond metaphor, becoming words we can live by.
For more information call the library at 207-338-3884 ext. 10.