WOLFEBORO — The Poets in the Attic are returning to Azure Rising, the site that sparked their ekphrastic project last summer. Barbara Bradley has graciously opened her gallery again this year, inviting the poets to stage their open mike reading surrounded by the works of her own stable of artists this Thursday, August 28 at 7-9 p.m.
"It was such an inspiration to so many of us last year," said PITA host Gordon Lang. "Even later, when I wasn't formally responding to a particular painting, I found my work was being influenced by some of the images I had seen."
The Poets in the Attic, now beginning their eleventh year, haven't always met at The Country Bookseller, on the other end of Main Street. "Sometimes in the summer we meet outside, like last month," Lang said, "but August sometimes gets a little cool, and Azure Rising was such a comfortable space."
When I asked, Barbara instantly agreed stating, "We both like to see what happens when artists start exploring other media, other forms of art. I like to get these poets in front of paintings and drawings and sculptures they had no idea were in their own back yard. It's liberating," he said.
Lang encourages all interested poets and musicians to bring a folding chair, and maybe a snack to pass around. Coffee and hot water will be provided. Aside from the surroundings, this month's fourth-Thursday reading will be much like those of other months. There are not featured performers. Local poets and musicians gather to perform their work or the work of others. The first hour will be recorded for broadcast on Wolfeboro Community Television.\