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The Insiders: The heck with Robert Frost, take the road to Gibson’s tonight

Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa

(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

You may know Robert Frost as the former lead singer of Led Zeppelin, but did you know he got his start as a poet? Humble beginnings indeed. And some of his work was apparently quite famous. He is the author of fabled poems like “The Road Not Taken,” which isn’t an argument against GPS technology in smart phones, or even a declaration that the road had indeed not been stolen, but is rather a stirring piece about a walk in the woods. But he didn’t write it overnight (did he? We weren’t really there). That kind of genius takes time. He probably had to practice on many an audience before refining his style.

Why the history lesson, you ask? Because you could be the next Bob Frost, and you could start by attending Gibson’s Bookstore tonight for the Poetry Society of New Hampshire’s monthly meeting, featuring the stylings of Barbara Crane and Charles Fort ahead of an open mic portion of the evening.

Need some inspiration? That’s what Crane and Fort are there for. The former is right up the Insider’s ally, described as having “hit the ground running . . . and sometimes punning” when she joined the world of poetry after a career as a fabric artist. Fort, meanwhile, has two volumes titled Mrs. Belladonna’s Supper Club Waltz and New and Selected Prose Poems. We hear Mrs. Belladonna serves a butternut squash that is absolutely to dance for.

The evening kicks off at 7 and is free to the public. For the open mic, everyone is welcome and newcomers are encouraged. For more information, visit

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