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Cranberry Isles Focus of Poetry Reading

Posted May 21, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
MelRice | BDN

Saturday, May 24, 2014 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: 207-288-4245; jesuplibrary.org

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Poet Donald Wellman shares his latest collection of poetry, inspired by the people and landscape of the Cranberry Isles, at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at the Jesup Memorial Library. “The Cranberry Island Series” is an anthology drawing on the folklore and history of the Gulf of Maine touching on local history and biography to draw a composite image of the Cranberries. Don is precise in his use of detail, believing that it is the poet’s work to take the measure of experience and environment.

“Like a hardy tree stretching its roots into crannies of wind-swept stone, Wellman burrows into people and places of his locale and their effects upon his own life,” says Dr. Stephen Fredman, professor of 20th and 21st century poetry at the University of Notre Dame. “The interweaving of his long family history—both its European and Native American strands—with the actual landscape of the islands and the waters around them produces a complex, compelling work.”

Come meet the author, whose personal connection to the Cranberries makes this work so powerful. Admission is free and open to all.

For more information, call the Jesup Memorial Library at (207) 288-4245 or email lrooney@jesuplibrary.org.

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