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The Insiders: Sometimes when one door closes, a poetry society mic opens

The Insiders

The Insiders

Whether you were fooled by the invention of things like Twitter or Kesha – or you were simply mislead by the name of that old Robin Williams movie – it would be easy to assume that poetic writing is dead. But we’re here to tell you otherwise. Just because the tweens communicate only in 140-character increments and pop music features writing as vapid as something that’s vapid, that doesn’t mean all creative authorship is doomed.

Thankfully, the powers that be at the Poetry Society of New Hampshire agree with us. And they’re offering you the opportunity to prove it.

The group’s monthly meeting at Gibson’s Bookstore is tonight, and this time it’s all about you – the entire thing is an open mic forum. Finally, the society has heeded our advice that it doesn’t need all those fancy-pants poets with their laureates and their Pushcarts that usually occupy the first half of the meeting. The only pushcart you need is one large enough to carry all your brilliant poems, amirite?

The reading begins at 7 p.m., and participants are urged to bring three or four poems. Newcomers are encouraged. For more information, contact Don Kimball at

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If the idea of reading a poem in public is too much for you to bear, we encourage you to head to Red River Theatres tonight at 7 for “An Evening with Ben Kilham,” New Hampshire’s acclaimed bear rescuer and rehabilitator. The only licensed bear rehabilitator in New Hampshire (seems like the kind of job you wouldn’t want to try without a license), Kilham has been the subject of several documentaries. Tickets are $20 and will benefit the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire.

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