Poems from Here with Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum

Fridays on Maine Public Radio at 1:55 pm & 7:55 pm | Maine Public Classical 11:55 am & 4:55 pm

Each Friday, Stuart selects a poem by a Maine or regional poet and shares with us how language has the power to move and surprise us. Poems from Here creates a momentary community of speaker and listeners, where vibrant language slows time down and helps us to pay attention to our world.

Poems from Here is presented in collaboration with the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, the Maine Arts Commission, and the Expansion Arts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. Special thanks to Robert M. Chute and family along with Phil Steele and Francesca Galluccio-Steele for making Poems from Here possible. Additional support is provided by The New Writing Series at the University of Maine.

Rites of Passage

Jul 13, 2018

Today’s poem is “Rites of Passage” by Karen Lie-Nielsen. She lives in midcoast Maine and her writing has appeared in Maine magazine, The Comstock Review, Poetry East, and at Wordgathering.com. Her chapbook Handbuzz and Other Voices centers on her experiences growing up with deaf parents.

The Echo

Jul 6, 2018

Today's poem is "The Echo" by Carl Little. He's the author of Ocean Drinker: New and Selected Poems (2006), as well as many books about art, including Art of Acadia (2016), written with his brother David, and Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond (2011). 

The Final Appeal

Jun 29, 2018

Today’s poem is “The Final Appeal” by Linda Aldrich. She has published two collections of poetry, Foothold (Finishing Line Press, 2008) and March and Mad Women (Cherry Grove Collections, 2012). Linda lives in Portland and teaches English at Southern Maine Community College. She co-hosts the monthly Local Writers at the Local Buzz reading series with Marcia Brown. 

How Heart Gets Hauled to the Paper Making Mill

Jun 22, 2018

Today's poem is "How Heart Gets Hauled to the Paper Making Mill" by Patricia Smith Ranzoni, who grew up and lives on a subsistence family farm in Bucksport as a daughter of a rigger at the mill. Her documentary work has been published across the country and abroad, most recently in 3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers (Resolute Bear Press) and the anthology STILL MILL, Poems, Stories & Songs of Making Paper in Bucksport, Maine 1930 – 2014  (North Country Press), from which this poem comes.


Jun 15, 2018

Today’s poem is “Yesterday” by Peter Harris.  Peter is the author of two books of poetry, Blue Hallelujahs and Freeing the Hook.  For many years he taught American literature and creative writing at Colby College.

Encounter with Roofer

Jun 8, 2018

Today’s poem is “Encounter with Roofer” by Dennis Camire. Dennis teaches writing at Central Maine Community College and at the University of Maine at Augusta. Dennis also edits the poetry series “In Verse: Maine Places and People” for The Sun journal. Born and raised in Biddeford, he currently lives in an A-frame in West Paris Maine.


Jun 1, 2018

Today’s poem is “Leonard” by Deborah Cummins. Deborah is the author of an essay collection, Here and Away: Discovering Home on an Island in Maine, and two collections of poetry, Counting the Waves and Beyond the Reach. She lives in Deer Isle and Portland.

Quince & The Crows

May 25, 2018

Today’s poem is “Quince & the Crows” by Gretchen Berg. Gretchen is a performance artist, educator and writer. She is the lead teaching artist for Portland’s Side x Side, works in rural Maine schools through the Local Stories Project, and teaches performance courses at Bates College.

Love In The Blue Ridge

May 18, 2018

Today’s poem is “Love in the Blue Ridge” by Adrian Blevins from her third book of poems, Appalachians Run Amok. She is also the author of Live from the Homesick Jamboree and The Brass Girl Brouhaha. She teaches at Colby College.

Glory Train

May 11, 2018

Today’s poem is “Glory Train” by Sidney Wade. Her seventh collection of poems, Bird Book, was published by Atelier26 Books in September 2017.She taught workshops in Poetry and Translation at the University of Florida’s MFA program for 23 years, and spends part of each year in Rangeley, Maine.

My Mother And M*A*S*H*

May 4, 2018

Today's poem is "My Mother And M*A*S*H*" by Carl Little. He's the author of Ocean Drinker - New And Selected Poems, as well as many books about art, including Art Of Acadia, written with his brother David, and Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond.


Apr 27, 2018

Today’s poem is “Unfixable” by David Sloan. David is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Poetry Program, David Sloan teaches at Maine Coast Waldorf High School in Freeport. His debut poetry collection— The Irresistible In-Between —was published by Deerbrook Editions in 2013.

My Punishment

Apr 20, 2018

Today’s poem is “My Punishment” by the late Vermont poet David Budbill. David was the author of ten books of poems, as well as novels, plays short stories, and a libretto for opera. His last book of poems Tumbling Toward the End, was published posthumously in 2017.

From Away

Apr 13, 2018

Today’s poem is “From Away” by Sylvester Pollet. who died in 2007. He taught writing at the University of Maine. 

The Night Tide

Apr 6, 2018

Today’s poem is “The Night Tide” by Kate Barnes. Kate was Maine’s first poet laureate and the author of four books of poems. She was the daughter of two writers, Elizabeth Coatsworth and Henry Beston. Kate grew up in Massachusetts and spent summers at her parents’ Chimney Pond Farm in Nobleboro.