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Working Waterfront: Tom Moore and the Midcoast school of Wheelbarrow Poetry.

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In Verse: Maine Places and People. Poems in the Lewiston Sun Journal. Edited by Dennis Camire

Deep Water: Maine poems in the Portland Press Herald. Edited by Gibson Fay-LeBlanc.

Poems from Here with Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum, Fridays on Maine Public Radio.

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20 Maine Poets Read and Discuss Their Work.
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The Cafe Review
Maine's longest-running small magazine of poetry and reviews from Maine poets and others

Beloit Poetry Journal
P.O. Box 1450, Windham, Maine, 04062.

The Catch
Online journal of writings from Downeast Maine.

William Hathaway's Poetry Drawer. Not for the faint of art. "Given a choice between lucky in love or with parking places, it’s startling how many choose the latter."

The Ghost Story
Paul Guernsey's website of fiction, the paranormal, and well-paying short story contests.

Rain Taxi
Reviews, essays, and features on poetry, literature, and the arts.

Broad Street
An interdisciplinary magazine of letters and art. Edited by Susann Cokal.

Parallel Uni-Verse
Poetry and books tracked in outback Maine
walking chilled
looking out
across the sound
the fractured liquid
of winter sea
another flock
low coming from
behind College Rock
black shags in
a gallery row
each zenlike
moves the others
i cannot stay them
from their course
stop & watch them
cross Hussey Sound
turn my back
as they pass the point
hollow thunder
resounding from Overset
above the decoys
in december air
sun as cold
as an eider’s eye



Peter Kilgore was born, grew up and lived most of his life in Portland, Maine. He died in 1992 at the age of 52. This poem is from a manuscript recently found among his papers. Quarry: The Collected Poems of Peter Kilgore is available from North Country Press in Unity, Maine.

untitled (from "Island Poems")
By Peter Kilgore
poems by and/or reviews of poetry, fiction, novel, nonfiction, memoir:
Cafe Review
Richard Grossinger - Pluto
Steve Luttrell
Robert Chute
Stephen King
Hearts in Suspension
Mr. Mercedes
Revival
Finders Keepers
Bazaar of Bad Dreams
The Outsider
Elevation
Bruce Holsapple
Birth of the Imagination - William Carlos Williams
Kenneth Frost
Carolyn Gelland
Lee Sharkey
Wesley McNair
The Unfastening
Bruce Wallace
Carolyn Locke
Dave Morrison
Arthur Rimbaud
Glenn Cooper
Leonore Hildebrandt
Teresa Lagrange
John Holt Willey
Edward Lorusso
George Danby
Lindy Hough
Alfred DePew
Dirk Dunbar
Chris Peary
james lowe
Richard Foerster
Stuart Kestenbaum
Megan Grumbling
Alex Irvine
Take Heart
Jeanne Braham
Judith Robbins
Jennifer Wixson
Tenants Harbor
Will Lane
Trust Rust
University of Maine Press
Thomas Moore
Dana Wilde
Jeri Theriault
Philippe Coupey
Taisen Deshimaru Roshi
Alistair Noon
Simone Paradis Hanson
Dennis Camire
Joal Hetherington
Peter Pfeiffer
Bill Roorbach
Richard Russo
Patricia Ranzoni
Still Mill
Rick Doyle
Summer to Fall
Lewis Turco - Enkidu
Burton Hatlen - Elegies and Valedictions
Caught - Glen Libby - Antonia Small
3 Nations Anthology
Baron Wormser
Tom O'Vietnam
Oleson Dovecote
Jim Krosschell
One Man's Maine
Robert Chute
Kristen Lindquist
Tourists in the Known World
William Hathaway - Dawn Chorus
Michael Campagnoli - The Home Stretch
Dave Morrison Welcome Homesick
Brock Clarke - The Price of the Haircut
Paul Guernsey - American Ghost
Michelle Menting - Leaves Surface Like Skin
Karie Friedman - Add Water, Add Fire
Alan Lightman - Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine
Christopher Fahy - Winterhill
Jefferson Navicky - Paper Coast
- The Book of Transparencies
Mike Bove - Big Little City
Tom Sexton - Li Bai Rides a Celestial Dolphin Home
Christopher Fahy - My Life in Water
Adam Tavel - Catafalque
Peter Kilgore - Quarry: The Collected Poems
Ned Balbo - 3 Nights of the Perseids
Jeff Shula - Fireside Chats
Mark Melnicove, Abby Shahn - Ghosts
John Rosenwald - The Feast of Steven
Jonathan Ward - Swallows in Late September
Linda Buckmaster - Space Heart
Detritus 4
Elizabeth Tibbetts - Say What You Can
Carolyn Locke - Riddle of Yes
David Wallace-Wells - Uninhabitable Earth
Betsy Sholl - House of Sparrows
Lisa Panepinto
Elizabeth Hand
Elizabeth Strout


Surrounded by brick music, the sonic walls are designed
to be invisible. Cumberland Avenue, now bends in a
long arc, dreamed out of unturned stone, I’m on a bike
ride that returns to the point of departure. I would have
never guessed that, of all places, I would try to pedal
back to this. So many ends in the middle distance: a
walk around a dance; promenade west or east, a bay,
islands in the background; a reason to vanish, named
in a name like the oaks of Deering Oaks and gone, like
love as it ends or begins or curves on that long arc.


Jim Smethurst, a graduate of the University of Southern Maine, is a professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of African-American Studies at UMass-Amherst.

Portland Dream
By Jim Smethurst
head bent back from watching
circling raptors float above the river,
my focus gets scattered by mottled clouds
that cover the whole of the sky,
and then I find myself in prayer,
and then in poem


D.W. Brainerd lives on French Island, Old Town, Maine. His self-made collections of poetry include Under the Gold Sun and A Turn of the Wheel, and his reviews of poetry have appeared in Small Press Review.
River-Sky-Mind Words
By D.W. Brainerd
from my high Victorian window
I watch the snow fall
and think about the Queen Anne’s lace
primming the ancient rocks
the payphone in the old Port Hole
on which my best friend used to call me
as I sipped coffee in the briny
waterfront morning
when Lance was the grill cool
and they served wonderful food,
as the cheerful yellow and white
ferries departed blasting
Portland with their song
the walls and windows
and hundreds of miles we’ve woven
into the brick streets
the city at night its spine a string of pearls
the dead pearl diver
safely embalmed in the museum
immune from time and memory
caresses and promises
that appear and disappear
in the waves of rain
tears and snow pounding pounding pounding
the shores of my aging heart.


Annie Seikonia is a lifelong resident of Portland, Maine.
Song 3
(from "Four Songs of Portland," Cafe Review Winter 2017)
By Annie Seikonia
This city which I dreamt has become my labyrinth,
a challenge of grim streets, stolen sugar packets,
warm yellow cubicles of light, exotic prints framed in
antiquity, mannikins like pilgrims on strange and
otherworldly journeys. Drifting through oscillating
streets of whiskey and peaches beneath an obscene
painter's palette, vanishing in waterfront fog,
Portland suggests other cities, lives and destinies

glimpsed, imagined, dreamt, their fictions interwoven
with the gaily painted boats, the white nuns circling
overhead. A lone saxophone gives way to jazz from a bar
and primitive hypnotic beats from a passing car until
another lilac dusk returns just as a provocative piano tune
drifts down from a window somewhere behind the old stone church.


Annie Seikonia is a lifelong resident of Portland, Maine.
Sonnet XXXII
(from Fifty Portland Sonnets, 1994)
By Annie Seikonia
A Parallel Uni-Verse
@DWilde0129
Mud

Mud’s breedy fragrance
rises through the thinning snow.
Brown engenders green.

Sustaining

It’s fall, not summer,
that brings us through the winter --
autumn’s last blossoms,
gold and purple complements,
humming in our memories.


Farnham Blair lives in Blue Hill, Maine.
Haiku, tanka
By Farnham Blair
Fire is fire: fuel
and air, heat and light,
yet when you touch the
match to the kindling you
are creating a unique
event in all of history.


Dave Morrison lives in Camden, Maine. His most recent collection is Refuge.
Psalm 127
By Dave Morrison
No lines in nature. Things just start
being something else. Sky between
bare tree limbs isn’t the sky
but discrete shapes of sky. Blue,
maybe, but more often gray with light
washing in white. Axioms may apply
to them, yet they resist geometry.

To ascend a negative fretwork of maple
a boy wedges his Keds sideways
against two forking trunks, arms and legs
spreading a mandala propping his body
as the Vitruvian Man enjambed
to stutter feet ladder-wise side-to-side
upward to grasp a limb he can swing
over to swing from for momentum
to hoist his belly over and once astraddle
hump along on his butt to a chosen
tine of the fork for a short shinny up
to begin the one foothold at a time climb
through an un-delineated webbing
of segmented voids toward a vast dome
that surrounds a solid ball of planet,
a center shaping an endless cosmos.

Any ingenious boy can clamber
up to sway in the slender apogees
of trees but, due to the gravity
of our situation, a wise boy knows
the danger lies not where he clings
to thinnest twigs to wave his cap
at unseen black matter, that lies
with no line whatsoever beyond
a pewter sky to make his gesture
in a space that if for but a moment
centers infinity, but that the way
up must be the way down.


William Hathaway recently moved back to Maine after several years fighting battles in Gettysburg, Pa. His recent book is Dawn Chorus.
Negative Spaces
By William Hathaway
The engine ran hot
and low by two quarts.
Even the track coach
had faith, of the sort
summer vacation would cut short.
We tried without success
to disbelieve our dreams.

Mist lay like smoke
one night on Branch Pond.
Out swimming, out
farther than I’d ever gone,
I thought of turning back
but we kept on together, apart,
in lunar-lit dark.

Back on the beach we
both felt high, we
lay exhausted, laughing,
side by side, we
shivered, gone goose-fleshed,
until we’d dried,
reluctant to waken,
eyes open wide.

The faith between earth
and corruption, kept,
seals the sleep
it seems I’ve slept, like a moth
on a sun-warmed wall, a death,
so like a dream
but not a dream.


Rick Doyle lives in Bucksport, Maine.
1974
By Rick Doyle