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Western New England Poetry Collection

Western New England Poetry Collection, 1977-2008.
4 boxes (2 linear feet).
Call no.: MS 561

Silkworm, 2007
Silkworm, 2007

Since 2004, the Florence Poets Society has been a hub of the poetry communities in Western Massachusetts, promoting the sharing, reading, and publication of works by its members. The group has sponsored outdoor poetry festivals, poetry slams, and readings and it has encouraged publication of poetry through its annual review, The Silkworm, and through chapbooks of its members.

Established in partnership with Rich Puchalsky and the Florence Poets Society, the Western New England Poetry Collection constitutes an effort to document the vibrant poetry communities in Western New England. The collection includes all forms of poetry, from the written to the spoken word, in all formats, but with a particular emphasis upon locally produced and often difficult to find chapbooks, small press books, unpublished works, and limited run periodicals. The collection is not limited to members of the Florence Poets Society, and additions from poets in Western New England are eagerly welcomed.

Historical Note

During the summer 2004, Carl Russo and Thomas Clark gathered a group of poets in Florence, Mass., to found the Florence Poets Society. Since that time, the Society has grown in size and significance, becoming a hub of the poetry communities in Western Massachusetts, promoting the sharing, reading, and publication of works by its members.

In the past several years, members of the Florence Poets Society have received grants from the Northampton Arts Council to organize an outdoor Poetry Festival in Northampton (2005-2007), and with additional assistance, they have promoted a successful, on-going Poetry Slam competition (2006- ) and a regular run of other public readings throughout the region. The Society publishes an annual review, The Silkworm, and since 2006 it has sponsored an annual international poetry contest that now receives dozens of submissions from as far away as Australia and the UK. The Society also supports the publication of chapbooks by its members, often working in concert with local publishers such as Slate Roof Press and Turtle Pond Press.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Established in partnership with Rich Puchalsky and the Florence Poets Society, the Western New England Poetry Collection constitutes an effort to document the vibrant poetry communities in Western New England. The collection includes all forms of poetry, from the written to the spoken word, in all formats, but with a particular emphasis upon locally produced and often difficult to find chapbooks, small press books, unpublished works, and limited run periodicals.

The collection is not limited to members of the Florence Poets Society, and additions from poets in Western New England are eagerly welcomed. In the collection inventory, we have included biographical statements for selected poets.

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Inventory of Collection
Ayvazian, Andrea
And So Begin (Northampton, Mass.: Turtle Pond Press, 2003). 2003 Box 1: 1
The Jesus Poems ([Northampton, Mass.]: Turtle Pond Press, undated). undated Box 2: 1
Souls Floating By (Northampton, Mass.: Turtle Pond Press, 2004). 2004 Box 1: 3
With These Words (Northampton, Mass.: Turtle Pond Press, 2002). 2002 Box 1: 4
Bartok-Baratta, Howard
Old New York City Where I Lay My Head (Northampton, Mass.: s.n., Undated). Undated CD Box 2: 2
Bell, Jim
Crossing the Bar (Northfield, Mass.: Slate Roof Press, 2005). 2005 Box 2: 3
Beskin, Lisa
Prussian Blue (Amherst, Mass.: Factory Hollow Press, 2011). 2011 Box 2
Bloomfield, Luke
The Duffel Bag (Amherst, Mass.: Factory Hollow Press, 2011). 2011 Box 2
Cahillane, James Francis
A Winter Offering and a Second Collection (Williamsburg, Mass.: Florence Poets Society, 2007). 2007 Box 1: 5

Signed by author

Clement, Joyce
Beyond My View 2011 Box 7
Cook, Wanda D.
après bath 2009 Box 8
dusky lingerie 2010 Box 8
first light undated Box 8
In That One Place (Greenfield, Mass.: Tribe Press, 2006). 2006 Box 5: 5
sirens and incense (S.l.: s.n., 2006). With Larry Kimmel 2006 Box 5: 7
Cook, Wanda D. and Porter, Linda, eds.
flower of another country 2007 Box 8
Crapo, Trish
Walk Through Paradise Backwards (Northfield, Mass.: Slate Roof Press, 2004). [26p.] 2004 Box : 4
Crowell, Elizabeth A. C.
BirdSnippets (S.l.: s.n., 2010). [2p.] 2010 Box 3: 4
Seasons (S.l.: s.n., 2011). [2p.] 2011 Box : 4
Denig, Nancy Watkins
hitting home: poems 2004-2006 (s.l.: s.n., ca.2006). ca.2006 Box 2: 5
Moonlit Pillow (Northampton, Mass.: s.n., 2008). 2008 Box 5: 1
Sensible Particulars (Florence, Mass.: s.n., 2008). 2008 Box 5: 2
Desrosiers, Lori
Masks and Mirrors and Other Poems (S.l.: s.n., 2003). 2003 Box 2: 6

Signed by author to Vikki.

More Poems in a Pinch (S.l.: s.n., 2008). 2008 Box 5: 3
Three Vanities (Pudding House Publications: Columbus, Ohio, 2009). 2009 Box 5: 12

Signed by author on ffep.

Trees Are Not Still (S.l.: s.n., 2007). 2007 Box 2: 7

Signed by author on ffep.

Devaney, Kevin
Outstanding Works of Genius Vol. 2 (S.l.: s.n., ca.2005?). ca.2005? Box 2: 8
Doherty, Oonagh
Home (S.l.: s.n., ca.2012). ca.2012 Box :
Equinox: An Excursion of Stories, Poems, and Essays
Moore, Maureen , ed., Equinox: An Excursion of Stories, Poems, and Essays (Northfield, Mass.: Maureen Moore, 2004), v. 1:1. 2004 Spring
Moore, Maureen , ed., Equinox: An Excursion of Stories, Poems, and Essays (Northfield, Mass.: Maureen Moore, 2004 Sept.), v. 1:2. 2004 Sept. Box 2: 9
Moore, Maureen , ed., Equinox: An Excursion of Stories, Poems, and Essays (Shelburne Falls, Mass.: Ginger Cat Press, 2005 Spring), v.2:1. 2005 Spring Box 2: 10
Moore, Maureen , ed., Equinox: An Excursion of Stories, Poems, and Essays (Shelburne Falls, Mass.: Ginger Cat Press, 2005 Fall), v.2:2. 2005 Fall Box 2: 11
Moore, Maureen , ed., Equinox: An Excursion of Stories, Poems, and Essays (Shelburne Falls, Mass.: Ginger Cat Press, 2006 Spring), v. 3:1. 2006 Spring Box 2: 12
Moore, Maureen , ed., Equinox: An Excursion of Stories, Poems, and Essays (Shelburne Falls, Mass.: Ginger Cat Press, 2006 Fall), v.3:2 2006 Fall Box 2: 13
Faerstein, Howard
Play a Song on the Drums He Said (Brooklyn, N.Y.: Owl’s Head Press, 1977). 1977 Box 2: 14

New Brooklyn Poets no. 3

Five College Student Poetry Fest
Poems (S.l.: s.n., 2008). 2008 Box 5: 13
Fleischer, Donna
Indra’s Net 2003 Box 7
Intimate Boundaries 1991 Box 7
Twinkle, Twinkle 2010 Box 7
Foley, Brian
The Black Eye (Northampton, Mass.: Brave MenPress, 2010). 2010 Box 3
Forges-Ryan, Sylvia and Ryan, Edward
Take a Depp Breath: The Haiku Way to Inner Peace 2006 Box 8
Forrester, Mary Coleman, ed.
In Time for Plum Blossoms 2003 Box 6
Forrester, Stanford M.
Buddha’s Fingerprint 2003 Box 6
The Haiku Manual of Icarus & Other Myths 2009 Box 6
January Sun 2007 Box 6
The Toddler’s Chant 2009 Box 6
Toy Submarine 2004 Box 6
Forrester, Stanford M., ed.
Gatherings: A Haiku Anthology 2008 Box 6
Seed Packets: An Anthology of Flower Haiku 2010 Box 6
Frogpond: A Quarterly Haiku Journal
Frogpond: A Quarterly Haiku Journal, XIX:1 1991 Spring Box 7
Frogpond: A Quarterly Haiku Journal, XIV:2 1991 Summer Box 7
Frogpond: A Quarterly Haiku Journal, XIV:3 1991 Autumn Box 7
Frogpond: A Quarterly Haiku Journal, XIV:4 1991 Winter Box 7
Frogpond: A Quarterly Haiku Journal, XV:1 1992 Spring-Summer Box 7
Frogpond: A Quarterly Haiku Journal, XV:2 1992 Fall-Winter Box 7
Frogpond: A Quarterly Haiku Journal, XVI:1 1993 Spring-Summer Box 7
Frogpond: A Quarterly Haiku Journal, XVI:2 1993 Fall-Winter Box 7
Gallers, Anita
Care Center Poems (Holyoke, Mass.: The Care Center, 2007). 2007 Box 1: 6
Gessner, Michael
Artificial Life 2009 Box 8
Gillett, Michelle
Blinding the Goldfinches (Omaha, Neb.: Backwaters Press, 2005). 2005 Box 3: 1
Goodan, Kevin
Thine Embers Fly (Amherst, Mass.: Factory Hollow Press, 2007). 2007 Box 3: 2
Gover, Tzivia
Dream House: Poems (Holyoke, Mass.: In Other Words Inc., 2005). 2005 Box 1: 7

Art by Joanne Yoshida.

Greene, Dick
Explorations (Simsbury, Conn.: Antrim House, 2009). 2009 Box 3
Grossberg, Chaya
The Next Planet (s.l.: s.n., 2006?). 2006? Box 3: 3
Haiku Circle
Nami: An Anthology by the Haiku Poets Society of Western Massachusetts (S.l.: s.n., 2003). Ed. by Wanda Cook and Linda Porter 2003 Box 5: 8
Untitled (Northfield, Mass.: Bull Thistle et al., 2008). 2008 Box 5: 4
Halm, Sky
Escape Hatch (S.l.: s.n., 2008). 2008 Box 6
Haug, James
A Plan of How to Catch Amanda: Poems (Amherst, Mass.: Factory Hollow Press, 2007). 2007 Box 3: 4
Hoeppner, Bob
Cafe Poetry at Night (Holyoke, Mass.: Avalon Classics, 2004). 2004 Box 3: 5
Ireland, Lauren
Sorry It’s So Small (Amherst, Mass.: Factory Hollow Press, 2011). 2011 Box 3
Johnston, Karen G.
Struck Just So: A Collection of Sensual Poems (S.l.: s.n., 2007). 2007 Oct. Box 3: 6
Karkow, Kirsty
Shorelines: Haiku, Haibun, and Tanka 2007 Box 8
Water Poems: Haiku, Tanka, and Sijo 2005 Box 8
Kent, Marian
responsive pleading (Easthampton, Mass.: All Caps Publishing, 2012) 2012 Box
Kimmel, Larry
THe Piercing Blue of Sirius: Selected Poems 1968-2008 2009 Box 7
room on the third floor (S.l.: s.n., 2007). With Wanda Cook 2007 Box 5: 6
Langland, Joseph
In the Shell of the Ear and Other Poems (Northampton, Mass.: Hampshire Typothetae, 1977). 1977 Box 3: 7
Laurie, Christina
Seasons Rising 2010 Box 8
MacFayden, Janet

Janet Cochrane MacFayden was born in Englewood, NJ, but grew up in Williamstown, MA, where he father taught geology. She received an A.B. in geology from Brown University and 14 years later, an MFA in English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She lived in Providence, RI; Cambridge and Somerville, MA; Delray Beach, FL; and Amherst, Leverett, and Shutesbury, MA. In her early adulthood she tried many different professions, including soup cook, woodworking, piano tuning, various secretarial jobs, welfare worker, and personnel recruiter. After her MFA, she worked as a freelance writer/editor for many area schools. Later she also worked part-tome for Yankee Environmental Systems, a firm developing meteorological instruments. Her first poetry teacher was Harold Bond in Cambridge, MA; later Susan Mitchell at Florida Atlantic University became an important influence. Workshops with James Tate and Dara Wier all informed her work. [Biographical statement courtesy Slate Roof Press.]

“My poems have always been a way to reach that part of me and the universe that remains hidden. On one level, many of my poems are attempts to reconcile early memories of childhood, the truth of which are now greatly altered by time. On another level, poems connect me with that dark glittering Something that stands outside of human understanding, that Something coming to the forefront in lucid dreams, meditations, and when the pen writes unhindered by the mind.”

In Defense of Stones (Sunderland, Mass.: Heatherstone Press, 1995). 1995 Box 3: 8

Publishers proof.

Martin, Jeannie F.
The Art of Awareness 2009 Box 7
Middleton, Susan

Susan Middleton , born 4/18/49 in Cambridge, MA, has lived in Ashfield MA since 1991. She has a BS in Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and since 1986 has worked as a freelance writer and editor of mostly science textbooks. She was one of the six founders of Slate Roof Press, which works collectively to publish chapbooks of its Franklin County members. In her spare time, she leads hikes for the Appalachian Mountain Club, tutors ESL students, and of course writes. [Biographical statement courtesy Slate Roof Press.]

“I was initially drawn to writing poetry because it combines elements of two earlier passions in my life — music (singing, playing the piano) and visual arts (painting, photography) — with my love of language. And experimenting as a young adult with various crafts (including pottery and sewing) prepared me in part for the discipline and pleasures of revision. The main focus of my poems has been on nature: nature in its own right, how nature affects me personally and us as human beings (especially as a source of spiritual renewal), and how nature in turn is affected by us. I also draw on nature for metaphors in poems exploring relationships between people.”

Seed Case of the Heart (Northfield, Mass.: Slate Roof Press, 2007). 2007 Box 3: 9
Miller, Paul
Called Home 2006 Box 8
Few Days North Days Few 2011 Box 8
Moise, Lenelle
Madivinez (S.l.: Lenelle Moise, 2007). 2007 CD Box 3: 10
Nautilus II

Poetry and art by teen mothers studying at The Care Center

Nautilus II (Holyoke, Mass.: The Care Center, 2004), v.2 2004 Box 3: 11
Nautilus II (Holyoke, Mass.: The Care Center, 2005), v.3 2005 Box 3: 12
Nautilus II (Holyoke, Mass.: The Care Center, 2006), v.4 2006 Box 3: 13
Nautilus II (Holyoke, Mass.: The Care Center, 2007), v.5 2007 Box 3: 14
Nautilus II (Holyoke, Mass.: The Care Center, 2009), v.7 2009 Box 6: 2
Nautilus II (Holyoke, Mass.: The Care Center, 2012), v.10 2012 Box :
Newman, Leslea
Signs of Love (Port Orchard, Wash.: Windstorm Creative, 2008). 2008 Box 5: 9
Still Life with Buddy: A Novel Told in Fifty Poems (Radnor, Ohio: Pride Publication, 1997). 1997 Box 5: 10
Newton, Peter
What We Find 2011 Box 8
Ogden, Don
With Respect to Peskeomskut (S.l.: s.n., 1994). 1994 Box 4: 1
O’Shea, Teri Buford
Jonestown Lullaby (Bloomington, Ind.: iUniverse, 2011). 97p. 2011 Box :
Patlove, Susie

Susie Allen Patlove was born in Boston in 1947 and lived in Hingham, MA until she was twelve, at which time her family moved to Red Bank, NJ. She was educated at Smith College and UC Berkeley, taking a degree from Smith in Chinese History. She has long been a student and practitioner of Zen Buddhism. She has worked at a variety of jobs including nursery school teacher, housecleaner, landscape gardener, editor and bookstore clerk. She now works at the Arms Library in Shelburne Falls. [Biographical statement courtesy Slate Roof Press.]

“For me, writing poetry is a way of divining what lies beneath the surface of things. If I get out of my own way, I have much to learn from the universe. I am always happy if what comes through can resonate with others.”

Quickening (Northfield, Mass.: Slate Roof Press, 2007). 2007 Box 4: 2
Peck, Charles
Yesterdays Toys (Springfield, Mass.: Galeria, ca.2006). ca.2006
Phillips, Alex
Under a Paper Trellis (Amherst, Mass.: Factory Hollow Press, 2007). 2007 Box 4: 3

2nd printing

Prior, Ezra
At the Nowhere Cafe (S.l.: s.n., ca. 2011). ca.2011 Box 4
Puchalsky, Rich
Doctor of Dead Letters (S.l.: s.n., 2005). 2005 Box 4: 4

First printing, signed by author

Shards of Glass (S.l.: s.n., 2000). 2000 Box 4: 5

Second printing, signed by author

Sun on the Surface: Poems and Pictures for Children (S.l.: s.n., 2006). 2006 Box 1: 8

Signed by author

The Power of Weevils (S.l.: s.n., 2004). 2004 Box 4: 6

First printing, signed by author

Purington, Carol
Family Farm: Haiku for a Place of Moons 1999 Box 7
Gathering Peace 2007 Box 7
The Trees Bleed Sweetness 1997 Box 7
Richie, Joseph
Nothing Left Open Can Keep You (Amherst, Mass.: Factory Hollow Press, 2008). 2008 Box 4
Richmond, Paul
No Guarantees Adjust and Continue (Greenfield, Mass.: Human Error, 2007). 2007 Box 4: 7
Robinson, Martina D.
Before and After (S.l.: s.n., 2009). Undated Box 5: 16
The September Poems (S.l.: s.n., 2008). ca.2008 Box 5: 17
Set on Freedom, vol. 1: Disability Poems (Mariposa Press: Belchertown, Mass., 2007). 2007 Box 5: 18
Set on Freedom, vol. 2: Feminist Poems (Mariposa Press: Belchertown, Mass., 2007). 2007 Box 5: 19
Set on Freedom, vol. 3: Queer Poems (Mariposa Press: Belchertown, Mass., 2007). 2007 Box 5: 20
Set on Freedom, vol. 4: Person of Faith Poems (Mariposa Press: Belchertown, Mass., 2007). 2007 Box 5: 21
Set on Freedom, vol. 5: People of Color Poems (Mariposa Press: Belchertown, Mass., 2007). 2007 Box 5: 22
Set on Freedom, vol. 6: American Poems (Mariposa Press: Belchertown, Mass., 2007). 2007 Box 5: 23
Words Inspired by the People’s Music Network (S.l.: s.n., 2009). ca.2009 Box 5: 24
Schulman, Joel
There Will be a Singing (Northampton, Mass.: South Street Books, 2007). 2007 Box 4: 8
Shanahan, Dan
The Lotus Seed Poems (Lotus Seed: Northampton, 2003). 2003 CD Box 6: 1
Silkworm: The Annual Review of the Florence Poets Society
Russo, Carl and Thomas R. Clark, eds., Silkworm 2007: The Annual Review of the Florence Poets Society (Florence, Mass.: Florence Poet’ Society Press, 2007). 2007 Box 4: 9
Russo, Carl and Thomas Clark, eds., Silkworm 3: The Annual Review of the Florence Poets Society (Florence, Mass.: Florence Poet’ Society Press, 2008). 2008 Box 4
Clark, Thomas R. and Carl Russo, eds., Silkworm 4: The Annual Review of the Florence Poets Society (Florence, Mass.: Florence Poet’ Society Press, 2010). 2010 Box 6: 3
Clark, Thomas R. and Carl Russo, eds., Silkworm 5: The Annual Review of the Florence Poets Society (Florence, Mass.: Florence Poet’ Society Press, 2011). 2011 Box 6
Slate Roof Press
Titles, Fall 2007. 2007 Box 1: 9
Stein, Art
blonde red Mustang state trooper (Northfield, Mass.: Slate Roof Press, 2005). 2005 Box 4: 10
Svane, Christina
Sonnets to the Unseen and Other Poems (Sebastopol, Calif.: Talking to Tara Press, 2001). 2001 Box 5: 11
Terrence, Maureen, ed.
Equinox: An Excursion of Stories, Poems , and Essays (Spring 2004) (Northfield, Mass.: , 2004 Spring). 2004 Spring Box 4: 11
Twilite, Tommy
Amerika (Florence, Mass.: Florence Poet’ Society Press, 2006). 2006 Box 4: 12
The Hum of Distant Turbines (Florence, Mass.: Florence Poet’ Society Press, 2007). 2007 Box 4: 13
Light the Nose (Florence, Mass.: Florence Poet’ Society Press, 2005). 2005 Box 4: 14
Richardson’s Milk: Poetry from the Crate (Florence, Mass.: Florence Poet’ Society Press, 2007). 38p. 2007 Box 4: 15
Son of Richardson’s Milk: More Poetry from the Crate (Florence, Mass.: Florence Poet’ Society Press, 2007). 2007 Box 4: 16
Varney, Laura T.
Love Illusions (S.l.: Lonegoddess Publ., 2005). 2005 Box 4: 17
Ward, C. S.
Neneh Cherry and the Buffalo Stance Feeling (S.l.: Fortunes Find Press, ca.2011). ca.2011 Box 4
Winlove, Peggy
Peggy’s Poems (Leeds, Mass.: s.n., 2011). 2011 Box 4
Wlodyka, Linda Bratcher
My Spirited Cameo: Poetry For the Ages (Florence, Mass.: Collective Copies, 2008). 2008 Box 4: 18
Poems 2011 (Florence, Mass.: Collective Copies, 2011). 2011 Box :
Voices from the Blue Room (Florence, Mass.: Collective Copies, 2009). 2009 Box 6: 4
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Provenance

Acquired by gift from Rich Puchalsky and assorted friends and associates of the Florence Poets Society, 2008.

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Processed by rsc, 2007-2008.

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Cite as: Western New England Poetry Collection (MS 561). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Subjects
  • Poetry--New England
Contributors
  • Florence Poets Society
  • Puchalsky, Rich
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