Two Lakes Region poets, Barbara Bald from Alton and Charlotte Cox from Laconia, will offer a contrast in poetic experiences at two separate events during National Poetry Month in April.
Each event will feature readings that explore the theme of "Journeys Outward, Journeys Inward" – first at the Gilford Public Library on Thursday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m., and then at the Wolfeboro Public Library on Monday, April 22, also at 6:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
These evenings will also include some open mike time, so audience members are encouraged to bring something to share.
Cox will begin each evening with a series of poems arising from her travels in Mexico, New Mexico, and Africa, pursuing how the discovery of such new places can inspire new emotions and new insights into life. A first-place winner in the Poetry Society of New Hampshire's Member Contest for Spring 2012, she also has had articles published in several general and special-interest periodicals.
Bald will treat listeners to a stirring mix of poems that look deep inside — poems about growing up, growing older, risks, regrets, and second chances — when she reads from her new book, Drive-Through Window (Walch Printing, 2012). Her poems have appeared in various anthologies.
The remainder of each library's poetry evening will offer open mike time for poets, musicians, and other writers from the audience, along with a chance to meet the poets and ask questions about the writing process.
Betty Tidd, Assistant Librarian at the Gilford Public Library, joins with Cynthia Scott, Director of the Wolfeboro Public Library, in saying: "This will be a great opportunity to hear two accomplished poets from the Lakes Region, and also to share your own thoughts with other creative people. Please join us for these very special evenings."