Poems from Here with Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum

Fridays on Maine Public Radio at 1:55 pm & 7:55 pm | Maine Public Classical 11:55 am & 4:55 pm

Each Friday, Stuart selects a poem by a Maine or regional poet and shares with us how language has the power to move and surprise us. Poems from Here creates a momentary community of speaker and listeners, where vibrant language slows time down and helps us to pay attention to our world.

Poems from Here is presented in collaboration with the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, the Maine Arts Commission, and the Expansion Arts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. Special thanks to Robert M. Chute and family along with Phil Steele and Francesca Galluccio-Steele for making Poems from Here possible. Additional support is provided by The New Writing Series at the University of Maine.


Mar 16, 2018

Today’s poem is “Sewing” by Marianne Boruch. Marianne is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing, two collections of essays and a memoir. She directs the graduate writing program at Purdue University. In the 1980s she taught at the University of Maine at Farmington, and wrote this poem in Maine.

Blue Ice

Mar 9, 2018

Today’s poem is “Blue Ice” by Ellen Taylor. who lives in Appleton, Maine. She teaches at the University of Maine at Augusta and satellite UMS centers, and organizes the annual Terry Plunkett Maine Poetry Festival. She is the author of two collections of poetry, Floating, and Compass Rose, as well as a chapbook, Humming to Snails. where "Blue Ice" was published.

Today’s poem is “For the Toad by the Kitchen Step, 4 a.m. at the Craft School” by Kim Stafford. Kim is a writer in Oregon who wanders and teaches far and wide--in Alaska, Italy, Scotland, and Bhutan. He is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, and author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer's Craft.


Feb 23, 2018

Today’s poem is “History” by Christian Barter. He has published three books of poems, the most recent being Bye-bye Land, a book-length poem, which received of the Isabella Gardner Prize. His primary occupation is working on a trail crew, planning and overseeing construction and rehabilitation of hiking trails at Acadia National Park, where he also serves as Poet Laureate.

The New Marriage

Feb 16, 2018

Today’s poem is The New Marriage by Elizabeth Garber.  She is the author of three books of poetry about life in Maine.  Her next book, Memoir of an Architect’s Daughter, will be published this June.


Feb 9, 2018

Today’s poem is “Eighty-Five” by Elizabeth Tibbetts. She’s the author of two books of poems, Perfect Selves (Oyster River Press) and In the Well (Bluestem Press). She lives in Hope and worked as a nurse.

Before Coffee

Feb 2, 2018

Today’s poem is “Before Coffee” by Michael Macklin, from his book Driftland

A Winter Carnival

Jan 26, 2018

Today’s poem is “A Winter Carnival” by Samuel French Morse (1916-1985). He was born in Massachusetts and taught at schools in New England, including Colby College and the University of Maine. He had a home in Hancock Point.

Russell In The Road

Jan 19, 2018

Today’s poem is “Russell in the Road” by Wesley McNair. Wes is the author of ten books of poems, most recently The Unfastening and he’s currently professor emeritus and Writer in Residence at the University of Maine Farmington, where he directed the creative writing program for many years.


Jan 12, 2018

Today’s poem is “Flowering” by Linda Buckmaster. She grew up in “Space Coast” Florida during the Fifties and Sixties and moved to mid-coast Maine in the Seventies. Linda has published three chapbooks of poems and her hybrid memoir, Space Heart. A Memoir in Stages, will be published by Burrows Press in September 2018.

Dish Pan

Jan 5, 2018

Today’s poem is “Dishpan" by Jacqueline Moore, who taught English Literature in Britain in the 1950s and 60s and has been writing poetry since the 1970s. The poem is from her collection Living Tilted published in 2016. 

Bedtime Story

Dec 29, 2017

Today’s poem is “Bedtime Story” by Candice Stover. Candice lives in Somesville and teaches writing workshops to all levels of writers. She’s the author of three books, most recently Poems from the Pond.

Ten Below, Corea Harbor

Dec 22, 2017

Today’s poem is "Ten Below, Corea Harbor” Douglas Woodsum. He’s taught at two universities and five public schools and published poetry in dozens of literary magazines and journals. With his students, he has published twelve annual anthologies of oral history, folklore, and creative writing.


Dec 15, 2017

Today’s poem is “Patchwork" by Jeri Theriault. She’s the author of three chapbooks, and a full length collection, Radost, my red, Her teaching career included six years as the English department chair at the International School of Prague. She also taught at Deering and South Portland High Schools and at Waynflete School.


Dec 8, 2017

Today’s poem is “Stuff” by Megan Grumbling. Her first book, Booker’s Point, was the winner of the 2017 Maine Book Award for Poetry and the 2015 Vassar Miller Prize. She is also the librettist of the spoken opera Persephone in the Late Anthropocene, a co-creation with the late composer Denis Nye, which premiered in 2017 at SPACE Gallery.