Lahaska: Monthly Poetry Series feat. Marie Kane

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DATE: Thursday, March 28, 6:30 pm at the Lahaska Bookshop in Peddler's Village. [Poetry is Not a Dirty Word meets the fourth Thursday of every month.] 
FORMAT:  Featured poet reading followed by an open mic.



Marie Kane has taken the same Master Poetry class with Dr. Christopher Bursk for twenty years; perhaps the craft of poetry is sinking in. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Kane is the 2006 Bucks County Poet Laureate. She and her husband, Stephen Millner, are the recipients of the 2017 Bucks County Muse Award for contributions to the literary community of Bucks County. She has published three poetry books; one, Persephone’s Truth, features her husband’s art. You can read more about Marie and her poetry at

"I was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in 1991, and secondary progressive MS in 2005. My poetry does not always concern MS, but this disease always informs my work. My first chapbook, Survivors in the Garden, largely concerns my experiences with MS, while my full-length book’s title, Beauty, You Drive a Hard Bargain, is taken from a poem of the same name that concerns MS. I know that while poetry can not, will not, bring back my other self, this new self—with leg brace, quad cane, walker, scooter—could enable me to write about what all of that means. Some tout writing as a way to deal with a painful diagnosis or life episode so that the person can conquer it or learn to live with it. But that is not accurate. I’ve learned that writing poetry about MS and its impact on my life, my family’s life, is
to face the demands of this disease, to refute or accept those demands, and to tolerate or defy their effects. My poetry often concerns the unpredictability of living with MS, how it inhabits and alters life. As a writer with a debilitating, life-altering disease, my poetry concerns MS not to conquer it, but to understand it, to explore how a life can fold it in to become a whole person with it."

LOOKING TO BE A FEATURED READER?  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 new, unique, and diverse voices.