Longfellow Days hosts its 13th annual birthday celebration of Henry W. Longfellow. Brunswick’s own Gary Lawless will be special guest and featured reader for an everyone’s welcome poetry open mic. Come read your work and enjoy some birthday cake. Free.
About Longfellow Days 2018: “The Heart Hath its Own Memory”:
“The heart hath its own memory” is a phrase from Longfellow’s 1880 poem “From My Arm-Chair.” Longfellow Days was established as an annual series as a way to unify the community and to lift people’s spirits during the cold winter month. The annual literary festival, co-chaired by Maryli Tiemann and Amy E. Waterman, features a variety of formats intended to appeal to a broad spectrum of Brunswick- area residents. It includes lectures, film screenings, poetry workshops and open mics, and four readings by twelve Maine poets – the last taking place each Sunday afternoon in Curtis Memorial Library’s cozy fireplace room. This year we explore the phenomenon of nostalgia, of looking back, through the lens of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poet was fascinated with heroic figures of antiquity, and he wrote sensitively, emotionally about his own life experiences and the aging process. We will also look back at Longfellow’s reputation, the ways in which his talents have been viewed through the decades. All events are free and open to the public.