Ocean Voices Book Release:
Poetry Reading and Book Signing
To Be Held at New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Local poets whose work appears in Ocean Voices: An Anthology of Ocean Poems will read their poems at a book release event held in New Bedford Whaling Museum’s auditorium, Sunday, February 24, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. The poetry reading will start at 2 p.m. with a book signing following the reading. Ocean Voices will be available for purchase on that day. The event is free and open to the public. Ocean Voices: An Anthology of Ocean Poems is edited by Everett Hoagland and published by Spinner Publications. Readers scheduled are: Everett Hoagland, Laurie Robertson-Lorant, Claudia Grace, Susan Grace, Askia Toure, Ken Hartnett, Catherine McLaughlin and Maggie Cleveland.
Ocean Voices is a collection of poems inspired by the sea. Walt Whitman is one of these voices, as are masters such as Melville, Dickinson and D.H. Lawrence. Celebrated twentieth-century and modern-day poets appear in the book, such as Pablo Neruda, Askia Toure, Amiri Baraka, Mary Oliver, Robert Francis, Derek Walcott, Lucille Clifton, Catherine McLaughlin and authentic fisherman poet, David Densmore. New England poets Claudia Grace, Laurie Robertson-Lorant, Susan Grace and former New Bedford poet laureates John Landry and Everett Hoagland also lend their voices.
Editor Everett Hoagland chose poems that speak directly about the ocean, using it as an evocative backdrop, poems written with a mix of autobiography, literary skill, and artful personification. “Since many of us in the New Bedford area live in or near a seaside community” explains Hoagland, “I put together this collection by poets from cultural backgrounds who variously give voice to the ocean’s impact on our thoughts and lives. The hope is that the anthology will help foster appreciation for the ocean and raise consciousness about the immediate need to care for it. As the ocean goes, so go we.”
In his Foreword, Hoagland advises us to hold this book to our mind’s ear, “just as we held sea shells to our outer ear during childhood visits to the seashore, and we shall hear the sea’s measured music…as well as moans from slave and convict ships.” In the book’s Introduction, Laurie Robertson-Lorant, noted author and Melville biographer, reminds us that although the ocean has been a source of creative inspiration and spiritual insight to human beings for millennia, human ignorance, greed and heartless disrespect for it have produced a continent-sized island of plastic known as “the Pacific gyre.”
Everett Hoagland is Emeritus Professor at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and former Poet Laureate of New Bedford, Massachusetts (1994-1998). He is the author of several books including This City and Other Poems, and Here: New and Selected Poems. Professor Hoagland is published in anthologies such as The Best American Poetry 2002, The Oxford Anthology of African American Poetry, The Body Electric, African American Literature (eds Wardi & Gilyard), Liberation Poetry, Bum Rush The Page, and many others. His periodical publications include The Massachusetts Review, The American Poetry Review, The UUA WORLD. He has read his work to audiences in Asia, Africa, Latin America and all over the USA.
Spinner Publications is a New Bedford-based, award-winning publisher of books, videos, and calendars focusing on the history and culture of southeastern New England. Among its most popular titles are Lincoln Park Remembered, A Picture History of Fairhaven, Drifting Toward the Southeast, Portuguese Spinner, Cranberry Cooking for All Seasons, Brick by Brick, Branded on My Arm and in My Soul and the Spinner anthology series, People and Culture in Southeastern Massachusetts. Perennial favorites are the two calendars, The New England Fisherman and Historic Southeastern New England. For more information, contact Spinner Publications at (508) 994-4564, visit www.spinnerpub.com or look up Spinner Publications on Facebook.