Sunday, July 09, 2006

Poetry on the Vermont Train: Leland Kinsey, David Budbill

I'm just back from a three-day rushed trip to NYC via rail, and on the way back to Vermont, the conductor announced various points of interest over the PA system, then silenced the train by reading the poem Erratic Lunches by Vermont poet Leland Kinsey (from his collection Sledding on Hospital Hill). When I later recommended to our uniformed train staffer that he sample Kinsey's newest collection (In the Rain Shadow), he told me word of the poetry reading on the train is getting around... earlier this year a man walked up to the conductor and said, "Have you been reading out any of MINE?" It was David Budbill (Moment to Moment: Poems of a Mountain Recluse), from Hardwick, Vermont. So if you're taking the train to Vermont, watch for the conductor (Mr. Klinger) and have a copy of one of your own works ready to give to him!

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