Door County Poet Laureate Barbara Larsen shares her work at the first performance of the 2012 – 2013 Dickinson Poetry Series on Wednesday, April 11 at 7 pm. Larsen retired to Door County 27 years ago with her husband George. She calls Door County a Poet’s Paradise and is active in two poetry critiquing groups and other local poetry projects.
Larsen believes in the power and truth of poetry and in its ability to connect with the hearts and minds of readers. Much of her work is inspired by the beauty in nature around her home on a bluff over-looking Green Bay waters in Door County. She finds the constant changes of sky and water each day to be endlessly fascinating. Seasons go by and furnish constant sources of material to write about. Family memories and humorous incidents in her life also find their way into words. An avid reader, influences of other writers help shape some of her work. Many of her poems have a strong philosophical bent.
The most recent of her six published books will be coming out in April. It is titled Obits: Reading Behind the Fine Print. She has always enjoyed writing people-poems and these post-life poems reflect the lives behind the fine print in the obituary pages. It is done in a lighthearted positive manner which honors the people and is illustrated by Gretchen Maring of Ellison Bay.
Her “people poem” book, Lime Ridge, 1937, will be presented as a verse-drama in four performances in two locations in the county in late May as part of her Poet Laureate mission to bring poetry to a wider audience.