Roberta La Monaca, Director of Library Services





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2014 - 2015 SCHEDULE

"Exploring Poetry, Together"

Poetry Reading Series and Open Mic runs monthly
October - April, third Thursdays, 7:00 P.M.


Held at the P. Faith McMahon Wintonbury Library

1015 Blue Hills Ave, Bloomfield, CT


Spark your creativity, make connections, and share the
gift of poetry! We offer readings by notable poets and a
warm, supportive atmosphere for sharing your own work!


Charles Fort

"The Last Black Hippie in Connecticut"

Thursday, December 18, 7:00 PM

Widely published poet Charles Fort reads with
"Renaissance Woman," prize winning poet Joanne Bauer

Two gifted, wry and intelligent poets with fascinating perspectives on living in America in the 20th and 21st centuries. Not to be missed! Mr. Fort is author of We Did Not Fear the Father, New and Selected Poems (Red Hen Press). Ms. Bauer's poems have been published by such journals as Theodate and her work was awarded a prize in a recent Connecticut Poetry Society contest.

Joanne Bauer


Lisa Mangini

"Poetry of Two Generations"
Thursday, January 15, 7:00 PM

Featuring Lisa Mangini and John Stanizzi

Featuring Lisa Mangini and John Stanizzi. Lisa Mangini's first full collection, Bird Watching at the End, was published by Cherry Grove Press. She is the winner of the 2011 Connecticut Poetry Prize. John Stanizzi's acclaimed fourth book is entitled, Dance Against the Wall (Antrim House Books). He teaches English at MCC and Bacon Academy.

John Stanizzi


Janet Aalfs

"A Blend of Poetry and Dance Movement"
Thursday, February 19, 7:00 PM

Featuring Janet Aalfs

Janet Aalfs is a poet, dancer, and martial arts master who interweaves all of these talents into one mesmerizing performance. She was named poet laureate of Northampton, MA (2003-2005). Her writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including A Fierce Brightness: 25 Years of Women's Poetry.



"Radio Play, Ballad Lyrics, and Poetry"

Thursday, March 19, 7:00 PM

Featuring Rafael Oses

Rafael Oses received an artist grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and was a MacDowell Colony fellow in 2002. His book-length narrative poem, "The Night Pharaoh" was published in 2010. He authored a radio play, "Violet Enlightens" which has been broadcast both in the U.S. and internationally, as far away as in Cape Town, South Africa. His poem, "Balada", set for piano and guitar, was premiered at the Centro Cultural Conde Duque in Madrid, Spain in 2007. He has taught at Wesleyan and at the Greater Hartford Academy for the Arts.


Margaret Gibson

"Honored Guest for National Poetry Month"

Thursday, April 16, 7:00 PM

Featuring Margaret Gibson

Margaret Gibson is the author of 11 books of poetry, most recently, Broken Cup, a great love story that deals with the experience of coping with her husband's Alzheimer's disease. Her book, The Vigil, was a Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry. Poems from Broken Cup are being reprinted in Tricycle Magazine and Care Advantage and her work has been read on Garrison Keillor's the Poet's Almanac. She is Professor Emerita, University of Connecticut.


Poetry Sharing Page

Submissions for our Poetry Sharing Page will be reviewed for posting by Marilyn Johnston, coordinator of the Wintonbury Poetry & Open MIC program.


Postings will not appear immediately. Submissions can be received by Marilyn via CD or floppy, or by sending an e-mail to: Submit up to 3 one-page poems for consideration.


"Without Melody and Poetry, There Would Be
Only Sobs and Groans"

There is rapture in the melody of life.
There is human caring, a delicate flowering
which ultimately manages to survive,
if we are open to its resonance.
Don't ever flip off its sound;
soar with it where serenity lives,
in that music that's been heavenly orchestrated!

by Nancee Cheffet

(posted 1-20-15)

Sam's Mannequin Store

Welcome to Sam's
Mannequin store
where you can get
Smiling faces and more
Graceful legs
And graceful arms
Eyes that see
With frozen charms
They stand straight
Elegant and tall
Ready for the clothes
That we buy for us all
So Sam's mannequins stand alone
Or sometimes as two or three
But they always strike a quiet pose
Tall and elegant and always free

by Robert Augustin Regnier

(posted 12-12-14)


Heaven With Land-Mines

You're now entering the world
of love.
Breathe in the cologne-scented air,
but, beware!
It's heady; may choke you.
The aura is grand, initially.
But, soon, you are made aware the lovely land
has land-mines scattered everywhere.
Be careful;
You want to plunge ahead,
but, be oh so--wary.

Try to change direction;
the heady scent pulls you forward.
To heaven or hell?
You can't make up your mind.

by Nancee Cheffet

(posted 12-12-14)

Be kinder than necessary...

Did that driver just cut you off in traffic?
Take a deep breath,
Say a prayer
Be kinder than necessary
because everyone is fighting some kind of battle

Is your neighbor being disrespectful?
Take a deep breath,
Say a prayer
Be kinder than necessary
because everyone is fighting some kind of battle.

Was the salesclerk rude to you today?
Take a deep breath,
Say a prayer
Be kinder than necessary
because everyone is fighting some kind of battle

Is a co-worker making your life difficult?
Take a deep breath,
Say a prayer
Be kinder than necessary
because everyone is fighting some kind of battle

Your siblings getting on your nerves?
Take a deep breath,
Say a prayer
Be kinder than necessary
because everyone is fighting some kind of battle

by Bev George

(posted 11-19-14)


No Baseball Tonight, So I
Grabbed A Bat, of Sorts

Audience-less, I step to
the plate, wagging my wooden wand.

'It's dark and late', say you, but I reply,
"That's the time the balls fly far.'

Dark is the creative person's mecca,
inner weather conditions perfect for travel.

The time when a poet zeroes in, using his or her
inner ear to swing freely.
No telling how high the object will ascend!

by Nancee Cheffet

(posted 11-19-14)


So Much to Worry Over,
Still, Remnants To Savor

We may play our games under the shadow of doom.
Still, let the games be good ones until the whistle blows.
Why deem it silly to find joy in the trivial.?
Whatever we use to fill up our hearts with hope will do.

Let's not scoff at anyone else's dreams, even if seemingly
unlikely to attain.

Ride that rocking-horse.

If it quickens your heart-beat, let your face flush,
as the finish-line comes into view!

SOMEONE will have to be the winner; why not you?

by Nancee Cheffet

(posted 10-17-14)


Solitude: Tonight, So Easy to Digest

It's a feeling of carrying my intimates within
my heart tonight, they dwelling down the hall,
or two hundred miles away.
As the sweet music drifts over my
hunkered-down form, versing away
at will, it seems not so bad to be here,
to be the poet, laboring with love,
harboring in her heart soft warmth
for the many.

by Nancee Cheffet

(posted 9-17-14)

When only a poem will do.

Sometimes, we need to
"Speak our mind"
These are the times
When only a poem will do.
Sometimes , a single word might not suffice.
These are the times
When only a poem will do.
Sometimes , what we have to say might not be nice
These are the times
When only a poem will do.
Sometimes we have to "bite our tongue".
These are the times
When only a poem will do.
Sometimes we might not know how to say "I love you".
These are the times
When only a poem will do.

by Bev George

(posted 9-5-14)


At One A.M., I Write On

The Accountants, and such, may drudge
through a long, hard day, but, for a poet,
with mind alive, her craft must be plied often
through, till dawn.
And, that am I, a working poet, wages paid
seeing that fruit of my long labor, splash down
on the waiting page.

The over-coming of all strife and pain,
that pure elan of creating and enthusing:
Yes, it was worth the aftermath of being stretched out
by my own ideas, my hand clasped in the one of
my higher power...

by Nancee Cheffet

(posted 9-5-14)


"Fresh-Cut Flowers Are Poetry"

Fresh-cut flowers can pierce our hearts.
Every wisp of insight flitting by must be scooped up before
it has landed in the gaping void.
As we age, such insights flit away,
like a dream you'd had the night before.
Write it down, right then.
Before it's lost.
Quite lost, as is your youth!
Tend your softening mind, tend your fragile blossoms..
Feed them love!

by Nancee Cheffet

(posted 7-21-14)


What Causes Me To Feel Draped In Bounty

The music flows over me,
into my ears, and throughout my entire body,
as fingers tapping on black keys,
I savor self-expression.
Four hours and more, I have given myself
progressively more completely to the
near-holy past-time.
Save for the melodies, and the click
of the keys,
the silence is total.
A half-hour before the midnight hour,
many snore or silently exhale under the covers.
The thin coating of loneliness is like a dusting of
sugar on a slice of water-melon.

by Nancee Cheffet

 (posted 6-24-14)


Not just another Library

As you walk through the door
Of my favorite library
They greet you with a smile
Not sure how to use the Internet?
No sweat!
Loretta or Mara is there to help.
Need a hint
On how to print?
Loretta or Mara is there to help.
Donít know where to look
For that special book?
Loretta or Mara is there to help.
Always so kind and friendly
They are there to assist those
Who want to succeed
They are there to help those
Who canít read.
Do you have a poem you want to share?
Then have no fear.
Marilyn will check out your submission
And get permission
To put it on the Poetry website.
To Loretta, Mara, Marilyn and company
We are so grateful for all you do!
Thanks to you -This is not just another library!

by Bev George

(posted 6-6-14)

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