Poet’s Page Prospering

Poet’s Page Prospering

One the left are plaques/medallions, Writing and Papyrus, in the UofR’s The Roger B. Friedlander Lobby in the Rush Rhees Library. On the right, the plaques/medallions, Shakespeare and Goethe, are in the The Martin E. Messigner Reader Room in Rush Rhees Library. Image created by Dylan Wadler in the Rettner IT Center.

On Monday, in an Invitation to Equal Grounds and more, Bart White invited us to a celebration of poetry at Equal Grounds Café on South Avenue Saturday December 10th. In addition (below), Bart shared two poems.

Bart, a native of North Carolina, moved to Rochester in 2002. He heard live poetry at Franlee Frank’s wonderful shop, Greenwood Books, gave his first reading there in 2012, and joined Just Poets soon after. Bart has edited several collections of poetry, including Birdsong, just out. Bart teaches Spanish and French at the Harley School, and champions poetry there.

Bart’s works adds to our prospering Poets Page.  Also below is a list of previous poem and poets. Please continue sharing.

In addition, the above montage was a collaborative piece done with University of Rochester  junior, Dylan Wadler whose photos are in Fur is not yet dead at the University of Rochester One the left are plaques/medallions, Writing and Papyrus, in the UofR’s The Roger B. Friedlander Lobby in the Rush Rhees Library.  On the right, the plaques/medallions, Shakespeare and Goethe, are from the The Martin E. Messigner Reader Room in Rush Rhees Library.


(l-r, t-b) At the Tom Otterness sculptures, John, the Mystic’s staff, Bart and Kitty, at Lux, Kitty at the Rundell Library, Olivia at SOTA, Ian at the UofR, Lux, the Poets Walk on University Ave, Teddy, Bill, Tom in Nicaragua, the Canal Path in Pittsford, a Cheescake from Cheesy Eddies.

Ch. B (Lux), Pjesha O Lux-U
Chase Everett (Lux) Lux
Tom Harris (The Rochester Patriot) In a clinic in Paiwas
Kitty Jospé , (Just Poets), Looking at the Genesee River
David Kramer (Criterion), Two on a Rickety BicycleA Period of Mutually Agreed Upon Reflection;  The New Yorker is publishing my poem!
Bill Pruitt (Narrative magazine) What the River Sees; Changing Trains in Motion; Ode to the Talker
John Roche (RIT), Orange Golem and Trumped.
Olivia Spenard (SOTA), November
Teddy Rycroft (UofR), El Paso
Ian Von Fange (UofR), Facts about Peacocks

Bart White, (Just Poets), Wait & Watch and time apple





Talker invited to the University of Rochester to talk about Talker

Emotions recollected in tranquility on University Ave

About The Author


Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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