Monthly Archives: September 2012

Mark McGuire-Schwartz in October

The Guilford Poets Guild presents poet Mark McGuire-Schwartz for their Second Thursday Poetry Series event on Thursday, October 11, 7 p.m. at the Greene Art Gallery, 29 Whitfield in Guilford. The reading will be preceded by an open mic from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

Mark McGuire-Schwartz sometimes imagines that he was raised by bears, and it shows.  He believes that laughter is a gift to be shared. People often laugh out loud when they read his writings.  Then again, they laugh at a lot of things he does.  In twenty-seven years working as a bureaucrat in state government, Mark strove to raise the level of memos and emails to an art form.

Mark has published poetry and prose in many journals, including Caduceus, Fairfield Review, RogueScholars, Bent Pin Quarterly, Connecticut River Review, 6 Sentences, Whatever Literary Magazine, Connecticut Law Journal, and on the bottoms of rocks.  His first chapbook, Loss and Laughs, Love and Fauna, was published in 2009. Mark is author of a short play, Meeting Arthur Miller, which was produced as part of the Short and NEAT program during the 2004 International Festival of Arts and Ideas.  His latest book is called “289, a book of 17s.”

Mark is the Co-Director of Poetry Institute-New Haven.  Legend has it that he learned to speak in full sentences and to express complex, subtle thoughts at the age of seven months.  However, he still has not been known to do so.

Mark is currently an MFA student at Southern Connecticut State University.  After all these decades of writing, he is now trying to learn how.  For the past few years, he has been developing a new poetic form, called the 17.

The reading is free and open to the public.  Refreshments are served.  For more information call 453-8836.

Paintings and Poetry: A Tour in Verse

photo credit Gary Sepulvado

On Sunday, September 23 at 2 p.m. the Guilford Poets Guild joined forces with the Connecticut River Poets to present poems inspired by a work of art at the Florence Griswold Museum’s “Paintings and Poetry: A Tour in Verse.” All of the poems were written about artworks on view in the “On Hudson” exhibition. As you can see from the photos, there was a lively crowd. We hear the attendees were extremely impressed with the poems they heard, and with the idea of combining the literary and visual arts.

photo credit Audrey Fitting

Come to hear and gaze at works by Gray Jacobik

The Guilford Poets Guild is proud to announce this special event featuring our friend and supporter, the poet Gray Jacobik.
An Evening with Poet/Painter Gray Jacobik and Poems/Paintings
Thursday, September 27, 2012
1 Maple Street, Chester, CT 06412
7:30-9:00 pm     $5.00
Simonides, the ancient Greek poet, is quoted for having said, “Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting with the gift of speech.” Over the years, Gray Jacobik has turned to painting, painters, and the elements of art for subject matter.  During this evening of performance and conversation, Gray will read from her published works that best embody Simonides’ idea.  She has taken on Surrealism, Jackson Pollock, 17th Century Dutch Drawings, American Impressionist painters, as well as “Lines,” “Perspective” and the color blue among other relevant topics. She will read these and other poems, and speak about how she has come to regard “the no-words of painting” and the “”noiseful painting” that is poetry.
Gray Jacobik’s collections include Brave Disguises (AWP Poetry Prize, Pittsburgh UP 2002), The Surface of Last Scattering (X. J. Kennedy Prize, Texas Review Press, 1999), The Double Task (Juniper Prize, UMASS Press, 1998), and a memoir-in-verse, Little Boy Blue (CavanKerryPress, 2011).  She holds a Ph.D. in British and American Literature from Brandeis University and is a University Professor Emeritus having retired from Eastern Connecticut State University. Her long career as a poet broke in upon her career as a painter, a circumstance she is amending at present.