Western New England Poetry Collection
1977-2009
6 boxes (3 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 561

Abstract

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formats, but with a particular emphasis upon locally produced and often difficult to find chapbooks, small press books, unpublished works, and limited run periodicals.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.

Access

The collection is open for research.

Language:

English
Western New England Poetry Collection
1977-2009
6 boxes (3 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 561

Historical Note

The Silkworm, 2007

The Silkworm, 2007

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.

Collection inventory
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.


apr├Ęs 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
Random moments (S.l.: Haiku Circle, 2013).
2013

Box : 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
Administrative information
Provenance

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

Processing Information

Processed by rsc, 2007-2008.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

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

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Subjects
  • Poetry--Massachusetts.
Names
  • Florence Poets Society.
  • Puchalsky, Rich.
Genre terms
  • Chapbooks.
  • Periodicals.