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Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry
The Maine State Library has partnered with with the State's Poet Laureate, Wesley McNair, and the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance in the initiative, Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry.
Each week McNair offers one previously published poem by a Maine poet. McNair selects each poem and writes a brief introduction about the poet's background and connection to Maine, and the history, context, or themes of the poem.
Poem for the week of March 2, 2014
A Prayer, A Welcome
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
Today’s short lyric by the late Maine poet David Walker greets the arrival of a newborn with both praise and wisdom.
A Prayer, A Welcome by David Walker
Little wrinkle from my flesh, eyelidcurling down at my fool’s prattle; childbefore whom I’m the more child—your futureolder than my past… Forgive the fatherI’ll be, become all I can never know;teach me to hold you for a while, and thento let go.
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2003 Wesley McNair. Reprinted from the Maine Poets, Down East Books, 2003, by permission of Wesley McNair. Questions about submitting to Take Heart may be directed to Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Special Consultant to the Maine Poet Laureate, at email@example.com or 207-228-8263. Take Heart: Poems from Maine, an anthology collecting the first two years of this column, is now available from Down East Books.
Addresses by Wesley McNair
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- 4th Annual Address 2014
- 3rd Annual Address 2013
- 2nd Annual Address 2012
- 2011 National Book Festival
- The Remarks of Maine Poet Laureate, Wesley McNair from April 2011 as a newly appointed Poet Laureate.
Wesley McNair is the fourth Maine Poet Laureate. He has published eight books of poetry and two limited editions. The author of three volumes of nonfiction he has also edited six anthologies of Maine writing, including four that feature Maine poetry. Few authors are as well versed in the history of Maine poetry or the work of Maine's contemporary poets as Wesley McNair.