The News from Poems: Celebrating Six Seasons of Reading Local in Vermont
by Burt Porter
Now as we watch the snow retreat
I Went Out Walking
by Grace Paley
My poems had gotten so heavy
by T. Alan Broughton
In the evening of the season
Starting the First Fire, Autumn
by Baron Wormser
Once again we start to act hospitably.
by Hayden Carruth
It’s true we live
by Julia Alvarez
It’s snowing hard in the Green Mountains,
“It could be verse” began as a monthly poetry column first published by The Chronicle of Orleans County in Barton, VT in April 2007. Each column features a poem of season and place by a Vermont writer. The purpose of both the column and this website is: to put poetry where people can find it. Another goal is to help Vermonters to “Read Local” (as a natural continuation of the “Buy Local” and “Eat Local” campaigns). Because there are so many extraordinary writers in our communities, the column serves as an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the diverse poetic voices in this state, our literary terroir. This website features a selection of 18 of the 50 original columns (published in The Chronicle from 2007-2011). In January 2012, the monthly poetry column became a syndicated project issued from this site, offered gratis to all Vermont newspapers to publish at their discretion.
Visitors to the site are encouraged to sign up to receive the column directly each month. Teachers searching for creative ways to incorporate more poetry into their curriculum can click on the “poetry in the classroom” tab for some sample lesson plans and writing prompts.