Poet Gary Rainford at a reading. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SOUTHWEST HARBOR PUBLIC LIBRARY

Swans Island poet Rainford at library



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Gary Rainford will discuss and perform poems from his new book, “Liner Notes,” at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Tuesday, April 4, from 5:30-7 p.m.

The book showcases 64 musicians as artists making music, covering multiple genres from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Bjork, Lemmy Kilmister, Philip Glass, George Michael, Richie Havens, Billie Holiday, Jeff Buckley, David Byrne and more. In addition, Rainford will provide a set-list of musicians celebrated in his collection and take reading requests from the audience. Books will be available for purchase.

“These poems were inspired by songs, my true passion,” said Rainford. “Musicians as artists making music was the perfect subject for a collection of poetry and evolution of my work.”

“Liner Notes” is “a poetic glimpse into the magic and mythology of modern music,” said David Mallett, American singer-songwriter.

Rainford’s work has been published in a wide range of literary magazines, university journals and newspapers. “Maine Today Magazine” showcased “Liner Notes” in the column “Face the Music.” “Down East” magazine called Rainford a Maine poet at the top of his game. Recently, Rainford was a guest of WERU’s “On the Wing,” as well as shows “Poet to Poet,” “Poetry by the Bay” on WBFY and “Good Morning, Belfast.” Rainford’s suite of poems “We Are Here” was an honorable mention selected by Betsy Sholl for The Gabriel Zimpritch Memorial Poetry Prize. He lives on Swans Island year-round with his family.

Baron Wormser, Maine poet laureate from 2000-2006, said, “Gary Rainford’s poems have the tang of coastal Maine and the honesty of that rock-fog-salt-wind world, at once straightforward yet holding subtleties of feeling that prickle flesh and psyche alike. Each poem provides a glimpse into depths — some momentary, some longstanding — all engaging.”

Visit www.garyrainford.com.

The event celebrates National Poetry Month. Call the library at 244-7065.

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