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|A House of Bottles||Robin Merrill||2009|
|A Moxie and a Moon Pie: The Best of Moon Pie Press||Nancy A. Henry and Alice N. Persons, Editors||2005|
|A Sense of Place: Collected Maine Poems||Bay River Press||2002|
|Agreeable Friends, Contemporary Animal Poetry||Alice Persons, Editor||2008|
|All Four Seasons||Jim Mello||2014|
|All You'll Derive: A Caregiver's Journey||Bruce Spang||2019|
|ALMOST A REMEMBRANCE - Shorter Poems by Jack McCarthy||Jack McCarthy||2011|
|Angel of the Heavenly Tailgate||Annie Farnsworth||2006|
|At Bunker Cove||Ralph Stevens||2017|
|Back East||Michele Leavitt||2013|
|Be Careful What You Wish For||Alice N. Persons||2003|
|Be There or Be Square||Alice N. Persons||2018|
|Big Little City||Mike Bove||2018|
|BLACK BOAT BLACK WATER BLACK SAND||Dave Morrison||2009|
|Blues in the Night||Herb R. Coursen||2010|
|Boulders, Birch and Wood Smoke: A Maine Melody||Stephen A. Cowperthwaite||2014|
|Boy at the Screen Door||Bruce Spang||2014|
|Burning Chairs||John P. McVeigh||2013|
|Child is Working to Capacity||Tom Delmore||2006|
|Compass Rose||Ellen M. Taylor||2015|
|Drowning: A Poetic Memoir||Claire Hersom||2008|
|Early Late Bloom||Jim Mello||2007|
|ErosIon||Nancy A. Henry||2004|
|Essays in All Directions||Robert M. Chute||2007|
|Europe on $5 a Day||Nancy A. Henry||2005|
|Evidence of Light||Marita O'Neill||2005|
|Fancy Meeting You Here||Alice N. Persons||2015|
|Faulty Wiring||Bob MacLaughlin||2011|
|Feasting on Air||Eva Miodownik Oppenheim||2015|
|Floating||Ellen M. Taylor||2009|
|Full Moon Rising: the Best of Moon Pie Press, Volume II||Alice N. Persons and Nancy A. Henry, Editors||2006|
|He Gives Me Flowers||Gaylord Day Weston||2007|
|Heaven Jumping Woman||Pam Burr Smith||2011|
|HOME and Other Places||Wil Gibson||2012|
|How Many Cars Have We Been Married?||Ted Bookey, editor||2008||(see book detail)|
|Humming to Snails||Ellen M. Taylor||2005|
|I Have Walked Through Many Lives||Young Voices - Scarborough||2009|
|I Still Feel the Swirl||Ruth Bookey||2017|
|Imminent Tribulations||Kevin Sweeney||2016|
|Innumerable Machines in My Mind: Found Poetry in the Papers of Thomas A. Edison||Dr. Blaine McCormick||2005|
|JESUS WAS A FEMINIST and Other Poems||Robin Merrill||2014|
|Language as a Second Language||Ted Bookey||2004|
|Laundry and Stories||Robin Merrill||2005|
|Life Class||Ruth Bookey||2007|
|LOST and FOUND||David McCann||2018|
|MALDEN||David R. Surette||2018|
|Marengo Street||Anna Bat-Chai Wrobel||2012|
|Museum||Daniel Duff Plunkett||2016|
|My First Beatrice||David Stankiewicz||2013|
|Nameless Roads||Jim Brosnan||2019|
|Never say Never||Alice N. Persons||2004|
|Not Just Anybody||Bruce Spang||2015|
|Nothing Is Real||Stanley Jordan Keach, Jr.||2014|
|Observed From a Skin Boat||John Holt Willey||2013|
|Old Whitman Loved Baseball and Other Baseball Poems||Edward J. Rielly||2007|
|One Day in One Town||James McKenna||2019|
|Ordinary Time||Kevin Sweeney||2009|
|Out of Words||David McCann||2019|
|PASSION AND PRIDE: Poets in Support of Equality||Bruce Spang||2012|
|Poems of Maine in the Nineteen Thirties and Forties||Brenda Shaw||2006|
|Questions You Were Too Polite to Ask||John-Michael Albert||2018|
|Radost, My Red||Jeri Theriault||2016|
|Rags of Prayer||Kevin Sweeney||2006|
|Red Stone Fragments||Thomas R. Moore||2019|
|Rifles, Rumors, Gin And Prayer||Jim Donnelly||2013|
|Safe Harbor: Port Veritas Poetry Anthology, Volume I||Edited by Alice Persons & Nathan Amadon||2008|
|Same Bird||David McCann||2016|
|SARX||Nancy A. Henry||2010|
|Saving Nails||Thomas R. Moore||2016|
|Sending Bette Davis to the Plumber||Jenny Doughty||2017|
|Sex, Death, and Baseball||David Moreau||2004|
|Singing With the Dead||Ted Thomas, Jr.||2007|
|Socks||Jay C. Davis||2007|
|Stable||David R. Surette||2015|
|'Stitiously Speaking||Ted Bookey||2017|
|Sun Shining on Snow: Poetry from the Senior College at the University of Maine at Augusta||Ted Bookey||2012|
|T'ai Chi of Leaves||Elizabeth Potter||2016|
|Tell them that you saw me but you didn't see me saw||Tom Delmore||2011|
|Thank Your Lucky Stars||Alice N. Persons||2011|
|That Mischievous Moon||Jim Donnelly||2017|
|The Arrangement of Things||Anna Bat-Chai Wrobel||2018|
|The Bird Catcher||John-Michael Albert||2012|
|The Church of St. Materiana||Anne Britting Olesen||2007|
|The Common Law||James McKenna||2012|
|The Desire Line||Michelle Lewis||2006|
|The Flame and the Fiction||Darcy Shargo||2005|
|The Hard Way||Jay C. Davis||2006|
|The Lawns of Lobstermen||Douglas "Woody" Woodsum||2010|
|The Left Side of My Life||Dana Robbins||2015|
|The Stream||Don Moyer||2006|
|The Ur-Word||Jim Glenn Thatcher||2008|
|The Widow From Lake Bled||Kirby Wright||2013|
|THE WILDEST PEAL: Contemporary Animal Poetry II||Alice Persons, Editor||2015|
|Things As They Are||Eva Miodownik Oppenheim||2005|
|Through the Loop of Time||Eva Miodownik Oppenheim||2010|
|To Sadie at 18 Months and other poems||Edward J. Rielly||2011|
|To the Promised Land Grocery||Bruce Spang||2008|
|Traveling Through History||Patrick Hicks||2005|
|Tuscany Light||M. Kelly Lombardi||2006|
|Unidentified Flying Odes||Dennis Camire||2006|
|Vivaldi for Breakfast||John-Michael Albert||2009|
|Walking Track||Jay Franzel||2005|
|Ways of Looking||Edward J. Rielly||2005|
|What on Earth||Marcia F. Brown||2010|
|When We Invented Water||Marcia F. Brown||2014|
|Whispers, Cries, & Tantrums||Jay C. Davis||2004|
|With a W/Hole in One||Ted Bookey||2010|
|You Can Still Go To Hell...and Other Truths About Being a Helping Professional||David Moreau||2007|
Be There or Be Square
by Alice N. Persons – copyright 2018
by Doug Woodsum
...This book has dancing and opera in it, and, of course, Alice's feline and canine housemates...Many of life's paradoxes are captured in these pages, such as the haunting and hopeful "White Van." I want to sit down with Alice and talk about these poems. I rarely say that about a book.
by Jenny Doughty
...Persons is interested in all the details of life, and it shows in this beautifully crafted collection of poems...her references range from tribal customs to the World's Biggest Ball of String, and her poems provide the kind of map that she knows exactly how to fold to take us there.
Reading the Map
GPS giant Garmin Corporation acquires Maine mapmaker DeLorme...paper maps will be phased out. (news story February 2016)
GPS on everyone's device, satellites tracking us 24/7;
the art of reading a paper map may die out before I do.
They will become artifacts, hard to find.
Some entrepeneur will open a Map Museum
to bemuse future young people who've never seen one.
I'd like to believe this won't happen. One of the pleasures of a road trip is navigating,
riding shotgun with the all-important state map.
“Filling stations” used to give you one with a tank of gas.
From the back seat of our lumbering, un-airconditioned
Ford station wagon on cross-country trips, I'd ask
to look at the map, ignore my quarreling siblings
and lose myself in its wonder and intricacy.
Mom devised games for us, taking turns with the map:
find the oddest names of little towns, rivers, mountains, parks.
Boring, Oregon! Sweet Lips, Tennessee! Potholes State Park! Intercourse, PA!
Easily amused, we giggled for miles.
My feet are bare on the warm dashboard.
A breeze rattles the map.
The art of properly folding one, as useful and archaic
as that of reassembling a newspaper,
I learned from my father.
Abroad, I buy a detailed map of a new city--
such satisfaction in figuring out
how to get around without asking. I bring home foreign maps
as souvenirs; they make me feel
that I will return and use that much-folded guide.
Spare me the screens and the digital voice telling me
where to turn. Let me wander.
Let me unfold the crisp blue map,
covered with lines, symbols, intriguing names of towns--
full of possibility and romance.
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