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Dickinson Poetry Series Features Michael Farmer

Michael Farmer

Michael Farmer will be the featured poet in the UU Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series on July 13 at 7:00 pm.

Farmer, a poet from Baileys Harbor, describes himself in the brochure for the 2010-2011 Dickinson series as “short and sweet.”  This is true in person, personality, and poetry. His writing is characterized by and noted for an American style of haiku, short, but very penetrating. Here is an example of the way in which he jars one to think differently:

Perennial crop
The garden fares far too well
White marble crosses…

While his haiku will be featured in the reading, many other poems will turn your head, especially in the last line. The twinkle in his eye when he reads is a delight. There is much mischief in his poetry, as well as sobering thought.

Farmer is also intrigued by and devoted to Native American music, especially the flute. He has led many workshops to teach people to construct and play the Native American flute. These rhythms also infuse his poetry.

Farmer’s appearance in March as the featured Dickinson reader was cancelled due to an ice storm. Al and Sarah Stuart were originally scheduled for July; however their move away from Door County has provided an opportunity to reschedule Michael Farmer.

The Dickinson Poetry Series, now in its third year, invites a renowned local or regional poet to read from his/her works followed by an open mic, providing an opportunity for others to read their poetry. A reception follows affording an opportunity to meet the poets. The Series is named for Emily Dickinson, a prolific poet and philosophically in tune with Unitarian beliefs. The public is welcome and there is no charge. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located at 10341 Hwy. 42, Ephraim. For more information, call (920) 854-7559.