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I was so sad to hear that David Ferry, who won the National Book Award in 2012, passed away recently, at the age of 99. I had the pleasure of interviewing David a few years ago. He chose the focus of our conversation, which still feels both timely and timeless. 

Earlier this year, award-winning poet and translator Dzvinia Orlowsky spoke about “Eccentric Days of Hope and Sorrow,” the situation in Ukraine, and her firm belief that the resolve of the Ukrainian people for freedom and independence will win in the end.

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The Challenge of Hope and the Pain of Silence

Michael S. Glaser, who served as Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2005 to 2009, returned to Poetic Lines twice this year. The first time he spoke about the challenge of holding onto hope, given all the chaos and strife in the world, and he reflected on his latest collection, “Elemental Things,” one of the winners of the 2022 The Poetry Box Chapbook Prize. Our second conversation focused on the devastating impact of domestic violence and how toxic masculinity contributes to the problem.

The Haiku Newton project was a huge success when it debuted in 2022, bringing poems on lawn-style signs to various locations in the Garden City. Thanks to grants from Newton Community Pride, the Newton Cultural Council, and Mass Cultural Council, which also supported the project last year, Haiku Newton returned in April 2023, bringing 24 new poems to two high-traffic sites. For more info, go to poetrynewton.com.

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