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The Insiders: You can wash those dishes later, it’s poetry night at Gibson’s

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It’s time for everyone’s favorite monthly occurrence: washing the dishes! Wait, that’s not right, you have at least another few weeks before that needs to happen (timetable based on scientific research regarding how long humans can live among fruit flies). Nope, we were talking about the Poetry Society of New Hampshire’s monthly meeting at Gibson’s Bookstore, complete with an open mic portion of the evening.

The meeting, which always occurs on the third Wednesday of the month – with the exception of the months that don’t have three Wednesdays – is slated for 7 p.m. today at Gibson’s and will feature poets Donald Wellman and Stephen Scaer. And also you, if you are bold enough to grab the open mic, which isn’t open in the literal sense, it’s just available for you to talk into. Poetically.

First, though, let’s let the pros have the stage. Wellman lives in Weare and has books of poetry that include The Cranberry Island Series, which sounds like a downright antioxidant place to hang. He has also edited the OARS series of anthologies that includes volumes like Coherence, Perception and Translations: Experiments in Reading. We’re working on our own anthology, Eating Only Whoopie Pies For a Month: Experiments In Blood Sugar. It’s admittedly a little less poetic.

Scaer is also local, from Nashua, and is a special education teacher who has been published in National Review, First Things, Cricket and Highlights for Children, the last of which is simply one of the coolest magazines for kiddos that’s ever existed.

The open mic portion of the evening follows Wellman and Scaer, and newcomers are always encouraged. For more information, visit

There’s also some great restaurant-based local music today. Alan Roux will be playing at Makris Lobster House at 3 p.m., and Rob Wolfe will be playing at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m.

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