Lahaska: Monthly Poetry Series with Wendy Fulton Steginsky & Open Mic

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Join us in welcoming our featured poet, WENDY FULTON STEGINSKY, to the Lahaska Bookshop for September's meeting of Poetry is Not a Dirty Word.  An open mic segment will follow our featured poet's reading.
Event Date: September 26th - 6:30 pm at the Lahaska Bookshop
About the Poet: Wendy Fulton Steginsky is the author of three books of poetry. She attributes her love for the art form to growing up on the shores of Bermuda where the sea’s rhythms seeped into her bones and stayed. Her work has been widely published in the Caribbean and the U.S. She was selected as runner up to the 2017 Bucks County, Pennsylvania Poet Laureate. In 2018 her book, Let This Be Enough won Honorable Mention in Bermuda’s Literary Awards. Her poem, Bermudian Twilight was chosen as a finalist in River Heron Review’s 2019 poetry contest and she has been runner up several times in the Main Street Voices poetry contest. She resides happily in Doylestown, PA, returning as often as she can to Bermuda.

Bermudian Twilight
Ursula kicks her heels absently 
against a concrete wall at dock’s end,
peers overboard, loses herself in the play
of water—the darkening ruffles that slap
and smack the way young children tease 
each other’s boundaries; salt spray
plumes like clustered branches 
of whistling pines bursting silvery-grey;
sea’s swell rolls over and over—
This, her favorite time of day—
comfort after daylight’s harsh teeth—
when sun’s a smoldering fire 
on water’s surface,
when clouds stack in the sky 
like sea gulls’ wings; wind becomes
squeezed breath through an oboe; 
fuzzy-edged light fades, belongs 
neither to one world nor the other,
when rocks, boats, bay grape trees start 
to lose their shape, get shadowy, disappear—
everywhere, small, quiet gestures of dying.
Unafraid, Ursula appreciates embers
or dust turned to beauty for this briefest moment—
this hiatus before night’s muscular song falls and rises. 


Who should come?:  Those who write poetry, those who read poetry, those who listen to poetry, those who don't think poetry is some sort of dirty, scary word, those who love poetry, those who merely like poetry, and those who are under the misguided impression they don't like poetry. So pretty much everyone.

Interested in being a featured reader? For those looking to read, we're looking for a wide range of styles, genres, themes, from a wide range of people, so whether it's odes, epics, slam, haiku, some style of poetry that is your own creation, etc etc etc we are excited to hear your voice. If you're interested, please email

Poetry Night | Lahaska Bookshop | Monthly | Fourth Thursday | 6:30 pm