BAR HARBOR — Rosa Lane will give an intimate reading of her poetry book “Tiller North” accompanied by a jazz duo at the Jesup Memorial Library on Saturday, July 16, at 7 p.m.
Lane’s poetry takes readers behind the walls of a Maine fishing village. As a native of Pemaquid and daughter of a lobsterman, Lane, with her insider’s voice, breaks the code of silence in her telling secrets embedded within class, sexual identity, familial relationships, death and rebirth.
“I once said I would not look back,” Lane wrote toward the end of “Tiller North,” but she has, opening a world for everyone where she learned to listen not just for the cry of the loon, but also the rhythms of boats in water, bamboo flutes, the “rusty jaw” of the mailbox, June bugs that “bomb/the porch light with spiny legs” and all the sounds that accompany Maine’s harsh winters and lush summers. But you do not just hear this world. Lane makes you see it with one stunning image after another. From the ghost of a horse in a collapsed barn to her father who “stitches the backyard” when he returns from death as a hummingbird, the poems are so richly observed that by the end, all one wants is to look back, again and again.
Lane earned her masters from Sarah Lawrence College and her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. “Tiller North” was the winner of the Sixteen Rivers Press 2014 Submissions Competition in Poetry. She also wrote the poetry chapbook “Roots and Reckonings.” Her work has won several awards among which are first place for The 38th New Millennium Awards for Poetry, first place for The Briar Cliff Review 2014 18th Annual Poetry Contest and Honorable Mention for The 2014 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award. She currently splits her time between Maine and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Books will be on sale at the Jesup that night, with a percentage of sales donated to the Jesup. Sherman’s and Machias Savings Bank are co-sponsors of this event. This event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served.
Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected]