For the Amusement of Petitioners

Leafing through an old notebook, I found this poem by myself called Petitioning. It was written a long time ago in 2005 but despite the issues being 15 years out of date, it still made me laugh. If you’ve ever petitioned, you might get a chuckle too….


Primal Wounds

Someday, all will be forgiven. We will be dead then.

Changed, Transformed, In Heaven. 

We won’t have to social distance any more. How many lovers who just want to hug each other have become stuck… one in Spain, the other in Georgia unable to fly?


You Are Doomed. Congratulations!

Class of 2020, welcome to your virtual commencement address. Please mute your microphones.

You don’t need me to tell you that the Class of 2020 is like no other. A world locked down over a virus caused your senior year to go off the rails. 

Some of you were probably happy to get out of classes and in-person tests, but you were denied the reward that every other senior before you received for faithfully attending school for so many years – the joy of the final countdown to graduation.


Pandemic Quarrel

True Bipartisan

For the good of all…

We ride together

But first, we must agree on the vehicle.

And then…

our destination!


The Moth’s Story

The humans are talking, I understand every word. The cat eyes me like missile-guiding radar, interested but too far to pounce.

I know these humans — dumb that they are — cannot hear me, but I talk to them anyway. I have trained myself to understand the humans, so it is very frustrating that they have not done the same.

Reciprocation is a two-way street, you know!


Vermont Partnership For Fairness and Diversity and African American Heritage Trail Create Opportunities For Poets Of Color

Mount Island is excited to announce that the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity (VPFD) and Vermont African American Heritage Trail—an initiative of the VPFD— have donated a total of $150 toward the Lucy Terry Prince prize. Celebrated poet Major Jackson, who lives and teaches in Vermont, will serve as judge for the inaugural Lucy Terry Prince Prize. Major Jackson is the author of five books of poetry, including The Absurd Man (2020), Roll Deep (2015), Holding Company (2010), Hoops (2006) and Leaving Saturn (2002), which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems. The donation will cover the $10 entry fee of 15 poets of color seeking to submit their work for consideration.


HatchSpace presents Woodturning Workshops in December

Hatchspace, 35 Frost St in Brattleboro, Vermont, is a non-profit dedicated to sharpening an appreciation for the work of human hands through the learning, practice, and teaching of woodworking.

Now one year old, Hatch serves the greater Brattleboro community with shared member workspace and classes for all levels of experience and interest.

Upcoming in December, instructor Blake Johnson offers a two part series in woodturning.


Today in Late October 2019

A poem inspired by today’s world headlines.

spinning toward election
lawmakers reject proposal
fighters have left
forces captured
crisis turns violent
protesters pack square


What’s for Lunch?

I had seen a 10 minute play which starts with a character complaining that when he tried to purchase a bottle of aspirin at a drug store, the clerk told him: “We don’t have that.”

It reminded me of a strange experience I had on Staten Island more than 30 years ago.


Valentines for Veterans: Free Workshop Activity

Join us at Brooks Memorial Library at 10:30 am on Saturday, January 19th, for a morning of card making for our veterans, some of the many men and women who have given so much in service to our country.
This workshop is absolutely FREE, and all materials will be provided.


How to Create Your Own Website BDCC Workshop

A December 4th workshop will help small businesses and nonprofits create their own website. The Workshop is sponsored by INSTIG8, an arm of the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, and will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the BDCC office at the Cotton Mill.


Halloween Costumes 2018

One of the casualties of our move away from Cedar Street is that we can no longer provide you with the full report on Brattleboro halloween costumes as we’ve done before. I’m not happy about it. I loved the yearly lists of creative output by our younger residents.

It’s going to be up to you as individuals to make note of the costumes this year, and here’s your space to do it. If you see anything wild or wonderful, let us all know.


Embodying the Light – A Free Workshop: Let Your Creativity Shine

Which artists, or other creatives, feel like kindred spirits to you? You may be drawn to people whose styles and techniques you’d like to emulate. And you might gravitate towards people who create in very different ways from you. Perhaps you are inspired by their perspectives and a shared sense of the impact you want your art to have in the world.

Years ago, workshop facilitator, Deidra Razzaque, created a WOW Family for herself. This “family” is comprised of singers, visual artists, writers, and community activists whom she envisions as an accepting,encouraging family, saying, “Wow, that’s amazing! Go for it!” regarding her creativity.


Vote for the 2018 People’s Choice Award!

BCTV’s producer award winners are selected by our staff, but this award is chosen by everyone! The nominees are the volunteer video productions that received the top five online views. (These are videos created over the past fiscal year, and the views are tabulated between July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.) The cash prize is provided by Vermont Films, a full-service video production company here in Brattleboro.

The nominees are:


BCTV Announces Winners of the 2018 Producer Awards

In honor of Community Media Day on October 20, Brattleboro Community Television announces its producer awards winners for 2018. BCTV’s annual producer awards ceremony will be held on October 25th at 6:00 p.m. at 118 Elliot, and the public is invited. The People’s Choice Award winner, which is a popular vote among the year’s top-viewed videos, will also be announced that night. The following organizations and individuals will be recognized.


Clutter

When Martha dragged home an ancient teletype machine on the subway, it was more than Tom could take.  Tom was Martha’s plumber, but he was also her friend. In fact it had only been on rare occasions that Tom had crawled under Martha’s sink.

Tom worried about Martha, and Martha worried about him. He could see solutions to her obvious problem — clutter. The solutions seemed simple to execute but it would be a hard sell to get Martha’s consent.


The Bowling Green Massacre

How come you never heard of it?

Quote: I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre.


Borters Jewelry Studio Planning Next Round of Jewelry Workshops

Borter’s Jewelry Studio is currently planning its next round of jewelry classes, and we welcome your input. Please take this quick survey to let us know what you’re looking for in a metalsmithing workshop. Your responses submitted over the next month will help us decide what classes to schedule for the end of summer and fall of 2018.