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Between The Lines: Poetry Moments For Vermonters, By Vermonters

VPR will feature audio of Vermonters reading their own poetry on the air throughout April.
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VPR will feature audio of Vermonters reading their own poetry on the air throughout April.

In collaboration with the Vermont Arts Council and Vermont Humanities, VPR is celebrating National Poetry Month with recordings of Vermont poets reading their own short, original works.Note: this post will be updated with submissions throughout the month of April.

Alison Prine, To Bide

Allison Roark, Waking

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Andrea Rogers, In the Morning Light

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Anne Bower, Placebo Effect

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Arlene Distler, Provincetown Light

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  Aspen Clute, Dark Night

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Aya Cheaito, Asylum Case 593

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Barbara Morrison, Slinky

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  Ben Nardin, Momentary

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  Bill Toomey, untitled

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  Bob Robbins, Circle of Confusion

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  Bobbe Pennington, April 1st, 2021

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  Bonnie Beck, Brother Bill

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  Bruce Towne, 2 Spring Haikus

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  Byron Breese, Rest Stop

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  Caroline Tavelli-Abar, March 2nd

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  Caroline Tavelli-Abar, Migration

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  Charles Barasch, Curveball

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  Cristina Kumka, Is It Lame

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  Christine Madsen, Mad River

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  Clifford Giffin, Business Day

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  Dana Walrath, Conservation

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Danny Dover, poem

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Darren Higgins, ROUTE 17

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  David Mook, Message Delivered

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  Dede Cummings, Poem

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  Diana Whitney, Wanting It

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  Elisabeth Blair, Relative Importance

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  Elisabeth Blair, Without Saying (excerpt)

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Elizabeth Horstmann, Two Men, One City (excerpt)

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Emily Hershberger, Raspberries

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Erika Nichols-Frazer, Enough

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Erin Pesut, The best thing is to get you both down to the sea

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Gary Margolis, Consider Yourself

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Henry Ellis, Young Cowboys

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Holly Painter, Comfortable Grunge

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Ira Powsner, For A Friend

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Jason Imanuel, Pandemic Blues; TMI

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JC Wayne, Diptych

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Jean Beatson, Water Song

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Jenny Land, Saturday in the Kingdom

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James Lockridge, A Word Will Do

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Jools Skeet, Dawn

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Judith Janoo, Waking

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Julie Cadwallader Staub, Mercy

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Julie Cadwallader Staub, Remember

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Karen Dillon, Blood marks all our doors

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Kathleen Towne, 2 Love Haikus

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Kathryn Eberly, Big Head

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Kevin Stine, The Flicker

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Kiev Rattee Green, In The After

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Kristin D'Agostino, Migration

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Laura Foley, poem

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Libby Murray, The Woods

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Libby VanBuskirk, Morning; On a Night Like This; Light Lake Night

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Linda Reynolds, Before Needing to Mow

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Lizzy Fox, Summer Refrain

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Lucie McKee, Hardwood Fire

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Lynda Kinsley, Parker Pie Poet

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Malisa Garlieb, Lean Dough

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Margaret Creed Barros, Crushed

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Marian Wilmott, Song

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Mark Creaven, Winter Thoughts

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Mark Creaven, An Old Habit

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Mary Danko, looping, for John

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Mary Elder Jacobsen, Beekeeping

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Mary Elder Jacobsen, Squirrel

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Mary Ruefle, 30 March

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Melinda Underwood, Periodic Table: The Element of Joy

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Mel Martin, And On It Went; Derelict Phrases; Eddies in the Stream; Tip of the Pen; Unrung Bell

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Michael Metivier, Moon

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Michaela Stickney, Winter Reverie; Ephemeral Reflections; Ocean Blue Moon; Full Moon Swim

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Mike Fleming, Sing!

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Miles Sherts, Ashore Again; Coming To Our Senses

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Myrna Miranda-O'Neill, I Say

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Nadell Fishman, In the Aftermath

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Nichael Cramer, Aubade; Perennial First Sign

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Noreen Hennessy, Poem

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P LeBon Herb, 4 Haikus

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P LeBon Herb, The Spider

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Paola Pena, Phoenix

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Partridge Boswell, Aphasia (excerpt)

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Patrick Standen, Questions and Answers in the Mountains

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Paul Boffa, Poem

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Pete Sutherland, GRIEF

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Peter Money, Keyhole

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Peter Money, River

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Ralph Culver, A Koan of a Sort; Poem 1; Poem 2

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Ray Huessy, Sonnet from the Valley

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Reuben Jackson, 1975

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Rich Holschuh, Wjedami

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Rick Agran, What the Crows Taught Me; Crow Milk

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Russell Willis, Handful of If

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Samantha Kolber, Cradle the Mother

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Samantha Smith, Exposure

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Samn Stockwell, Laces

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Sarah Brown, Little Did I Know

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Saskia Gori-Montanelli, Ache As Kind

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Scott Boyd, By The Lake

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Scudder Parker, Purple Crocus

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Shemar Singleton, Hard Place; Teach Them With Sticks

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Sophie Wood, Between Us

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Steve Minkin, Mud

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Steven Yaskell, Sounds of Joy

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Susan Jefts, Breathing

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Sydney Lea, ScarletIndigo (excerpt)

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Thea Calitri Martin, Leaf Popping

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Tina Escaja, Mar y Virus (fragment)

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Trish Alley, Wake Up Call

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Trish Dougherty, Moo Haiku

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Wendy Teller-Elsberg, Dazzlewood

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In every broadcast hour on VPR there are a few minutes set aside for practical community information: from announcing our frequencies and underwriters, to emergency bulletins and notices of future content. This April, VPR will add a creative element to these short intervals as part of our participation in the 25th annual National Poetry Month, celebrating Vermont poets and their craft.

Your submission should:

  • Be of yourself reading your original work
  • Be no longer than 15-20 seconds (roughly 40-45 words, depending on how fast you read)
  • Include your name and town
  • Include the text of your poem

Submissions are welcome through April 20. Here's how to submit:

  • Use the voice memo function on your smartphone, or another method for voice recording.
  • Start the recording by saying your name and where you’re based.
  • Share your smartphone recording with us at community@vpr.org
  • If you are unable to record, send us a note at community@vpr.org and we may be able to help.

Please note: Not every submission will be aired. VPR reserves the right to edit submissions, and distribute across our platforms. In the spirit of public radio, you'll be offering your words for free to the public, and no compensation is available. You must use your real name to submit, and compositions must be original work.

Minors will also need to provide a statement of parental permission for broadcast and online representation.

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