Poems in a Pandemic: Pandemic Epic

PANDEMIC EPIC
by Norman Thomas Marshall

A POEM IN WHICH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IS HAILED AS A

VISITATION UPON A WORLD OF SIN NOT YET READY TO RECEIVE

THE MESSIAH OPENLY AND FREELY SO THEREFORE THE WOLRD

STUMBLES BLINDLY– IN, AMONG AND AGAINST EACH OTHER AND

WE HAVE SOMETHING TO CONSTANTLY TALK ABOUT WITHOUT

ANYTHING GETTING SAID.

That’s it?

No shit?

Gotta git.

Norman Thomas Marshall Wins Prestigious Department of Veteran Affairs Awards

On Thursday, November 7, Guilford Poets Guild member Norman Thomas Marshall was awarded the 2019 National Veterans Gold Medal for Drama from the Department of Veteran Affairs for his dramatic portrayal of abolitionist John Brown. He also won the local Connecticut award for Humorous Poetry.

These prestigious awards are presented annually for achievements by veterans in visual arts, dance, drama, music, poetry and writing. The event was held at VA Connecticut Healthcare System’s West Haven campus.

Marhsall is pictured here with Linda Accordino, Associate Director for Patient Care Services at Connecticut VA Healthcare System.

Moses Gunn Play Company: Two One-Act Comedies

Readings of Two One-Act Comedies Adapted from Anton Chekhov Plays

The Moses Gunn Play Company will present play readings of two one-act comedies, based on plays by Anton Chekhov, on Saturday, June 1, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Guilford Free Library, 67 Park St., Guilford.

Veteran Broadway actor Norman Allen is a guest artist for this performance, joining actor Norman Thomas Marshall who also adapted the Chekhov works – “The Harm of Tobacco” and “Swan Song.”

Together they bring the plays to life in this “theatre of the imagination,” which frees the audience to create each play in their minds, without relying on costumes, scenery, props and the like.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

GPG members Gwen Gunn and Norman Thomas Marshall have recently created the Moses Gunn Play Company, dedicated to the memory of Moses Gunn. Together, they present staged and concert readings of dramatic and comedic plays for the shoreline community. Original and well-known plays will be presented as well as little known masterpieces.

Poetry’s Greatest Hits with Gwen Gunn and Norman Thomas Marshall

THE CLINTON ART GALLERY’S Poetry Place Sunday Series final event for 2017 will feature Guilford Poets Guild members Gwen Gunn and Norman Thomas Marshall in their engaging presentation of “Poetry’s Greatest Hits: An Afternoon of Narrative Poetry & Song” on Sunday, November 19, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. This event will take place in the Laurel Ann Olcott Art Center at 20 East Main Street, in the heart of Clinton.

Local poets are invited to read at the Open Mic, a popular and well attended part of the Sunday Series giving local poets the opportunity to share their work and also to discover the variety of workshops, in both art and writing, offered at the Clinton Art Gallery. The reading is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Edwina Trentham at trentham@comcast.net.