Thursday December 6, 2012

WILMINGTON -- Bartleby’s Books will host a launch party for "Sudden Eden," a new poetry collection by Verandah Porche, on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Porche will give a short reading and sign copies. Singer-songwriter Patty Carpenter will join her for a few songs the two wrote together, including, "Waves in the Woods," about Tropical Storm Irene. They will also sell "Come Over," a CD of songs written by Carpenter with Porche, performed by the Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band.

Based in Guilford at Total Loss Farm, an artist collaborative, since 1968, Porche has "made a living stringing words together." Her first volume, "The Body’s Mystery," was published by Harper and Row in 1975. "Glancing Off," poems with copper engravings by Susan Mareneck was published by See Through Books in 1986. As a poet in residence across New England, Porche has created writing projects to cultivate the voices of the unheard, at literacy and crisis centers, hospitals, factories, nursing homes, senior centers, a 200 year-old Vermont tavern and an urban working class neighborhood. "Listening Out Loud" documents her residency with Real Art Ways in Hartford, Conn. As Muse for Hire, she writes poems about moments or milestones in the lives of friends and strangers.

"Broad Brook Anthology," a play for voices, distills her interviews with elders in her hometown.

While advancing the words of her writing partners, Porche’s own poems remained on the back burner.


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By the woodstove, she wrote poems "that had to be," but didn’t make time for submissions and contests.

Finally, friends sorted through 1,000 poems and assembled this collection. A grant from the Vermont Arts Council saw the project to its final form.

For information or to reserve a copy of "Sudden Eden," call 802-464-5425 or e-mail bartbook@sover.net. Bartelby’s Books is located at 17 West Main St.