Join the Market Basket Challange!

 Karen Kline, North Andover poet laureate, is calling all local poets, young and wizened, to submit their work in the “Market Basket is Back! Celebration Challenge.”Email entries to valleyofthepoets@gmail.com   All entries will be displayed online at northandover.wickedlocal.com and at AnneBradstreet.org on Dec. 19 with a choice entry from a youth and adult writer appearing in print in the North Andover Citizen.

Below are three submissions, enjoy!

GROCER WARS – John S. Lauretani of No. Andover

The Merrimack Valley community
and places well beyond
got themselves embroiled
in a family war that spawned

Support for the one called “ T “
disdain for the one called “ S “
who’s abuse of power through coercion
created an infamous mess

From Athanasios and Efrosini to
Telemachus (Mike) and brother George
the hands of time ground forward
to form the grocery forge

Pride is strong in all families
especially of those with success
but when does wealth become primary
and people become less

It’s true both sides have facts
who knows what’s behind closed doors
we see what media provides us
and just tally up the scores

We salute you “ MB “ employees
integrity won out in the end
standing with you in the pickets
sent a message for all to defend

Harvard will study the outcome
of which many were surprised
but to honest hard working people
the “right thing” was always advised

Giraffe By Karen Mitropoulis   
A  Giraffe
Sticks their
Neck out
For their
Fellow man.
Be strong,
Be courageous,
Be Inspired.
Standing tall
To support
Friends and
Loved ones
In their time 
Of need.
It is time,
Take a stand,
And believe.
A friend in need
Is a friend indeed.
Who has your back,
Be proud,
Do the right thing.
You are an inspiration,
To us all.
Full of generosity,
Honesty, loyalty,
And integrity.
An opportunity,
Victory is within ,
Our grasp.
Believe !
For it is ,
The principal ,
And the heart ,
Of the matter.
Justice will prevail,
United we stand,
We are Family,
And Market Basket Strong !

Family Reunion  By Carole Davis

My family had a reunion today.
Odd décor.
surrounded by peaches so large they are a whole meal.
Tomatoes, fresh from the ground, summer sweet,
yearning for a final sprig of basil and soft cheese.
Corn, sun yellow, wearing a silky, green cloak, dressed
for August heat.
Local eggs so perfect the bacon is cooking
before they leave the market.

We are not  blood relatives.
Love is often easier with strangers.
workers at a local market who have greeted me for decades
items requested, bags packed, dollars exchanged.
Odd beginning for a love affair,
but it happened by the thousands.

Family disputes
almost killed the magic.
Sides were taken,
the market and love won out.
In between all those shelves filled with sugar and flour
were grains of resolve, barrels of loyalty so strong,
that even the cleaver of a butcher’s knife
could not pierce.

VALLEY of the POETS Walking Tour


Step back in history . . . to the beginning of American poetry as you harvest your heritage.

Travel the trails of the Original Andover Parish as you walk through the Old Center of North Andover.

 The Valley of the Poets Walking Tour starts Saturday April 6th and will be offered each month.

Spring / Summer Tour Schedule:

      Tours begin at NOON    We meet at the Museum of Printing, 800 Mass Ave., North Andover

Saturday    MAY 11th     /     JUNE 8th    /   JULY 13th     Fee:  $6.00 Adults   $4.00  Seniors / Students

 Culture, history and fun will be had by all!

Thank You!

Hello, Friends of Anne Bradstreet!

As Thanksgiving nears and 2012 draws to a close, I want to give thanks for all of you. Over this special year, you came from near and far to celebrate Anne.

On a dark, mysterious farm field on January 1st we began with “Fire and Ice” to honor both Mistress Bradstreet and Robert Frost, our Lawrence neighbor.

We had programs every month, some small gatherings for a few and others reaching hundreds of people through concerts, festivals and symposia.

Cities and towns from Boston and Cambridge to the Valley of the Poets here in Essex County shared the joy of Anne, her words and her work

I thank you one and all for your contributions in so many creative ways to make this a magical year. Anne also thanks you!

Shalom, Karen

PS We continue on with a Spring program to rededicate the Anne Dudley Bradstreet Gate at Harvard University for her 401st birthday.

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Welcome!

Dear fellow Anne enthusiasts,

I’m writing to invite you to a very special showing of “From the Author to My Dear and Loving Husband”. The play, written to celebrate Anne’s 400th birthday, features four actresses at different stages of their lives portraying Anne as she ages. The “Annes” form a chorus, becoming the objects of women’s work in the 17th century, as well as Anne’s inner world as she matures.

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The play will be performed at Salem 1630: Pioneer Village at 4:30, Saturday, September 15th and Sunday, September 16th. A special salon after Saturday’s performance will be hosted by author Charlotte Gordon. Susan Lenoe will read some of her favorite of Anne’s poems.

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For more information, visit www.Gordon.edu/historyalive.

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I hope you can join us!

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Kristina Wacome Stevick, Artistic Director
History Alive!
Gordon College Institute for Public History

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Our celebration of Anne Dudley Bradstreet’s 400th birthday began with “Fire & Ice” on a cold, dark, mysterious North Andover farm field January 1, 2012.

That quietly powerful moment was the start of a week by week, month by month series of programs that culminate with a very special September, including a Merrimack College symposium, gala concert plus local town tours through Trails and Sails.  Come meet Mistress Bradstreet in a variety of settings, including Memorial Hall Library, Andover on September 23rd.

Go to “Upcoming Events” for further information about the program schedule.

Beginning September 1st, check out the Anne Bradstreet Sandwich, available at the J & M Deli / Pizzeria, 701 Salem Street. North Andover, MA

On September 13th, you are invited to Meet the Poet Laureate of North Andover at Merrimack College Cascia Hall from 6:30 to 8 PM.

The citizens of our town and Essex County are proud to call Anne our own as we continue sharing her talent and humanity with the world!

Next Event – September 23 – 2-4pm  Trails & Sails  Anne Bradstreet, Founding Mother and First Poet. Her Story and Poetry with Susan Lenoe programs in North Andover to honor Anne / FREE  / Memorial Hall Library 2 North Main Street, Andover, MA

See our full brochure of events for Anne Bradstreet’s 400th Birthday celebration

Learn about the life and work of Anne Bradstreet, the first female published poet of the New World, with Susan Lenoe. In the 17th century, most women could not even read, let alone write. Yet Anne’s reflections about motherhood and love, as well as early stirrings of feminist feelings ring true today. Anne Bradstreet is indeed a seminal figure in our culture. The Friends of Anne Bradstreet are excited to celebrate her unique accomplishments and her contribution to history.  Special Instructions: The Memorial Hall Library is located in the center of Andover, on North Main Street (Route 28) at the intersection of Elm, Main and Central Streets (also known as Elm Square).

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