Library Readies Poetry for Public

MOUNT DESERT — The Northeast Harbor Library is featuring a collection of old fishing gear on display for the summer, with borrowed treasures from Anna Fernald, Rick Alley, The Mount Desert Historical Society, the Great Harbor Marine Collection, Super Junkin’, Tom and Jean Falt, Amy Philbrick, and Robert Pyle.

And there is space for more if anyone has something they care to donate to the display.

“It’s surprising how little of the old fishing tools remain,” said librarian Judith Blank.

On Wednesday, July 15, beginning at 7 p.m., in another event celebrating the sea, the Northeast Harbor Library is hosting an evening of poetry read by five folks with island connections.

Jack Merrill of Islesford is a fisherman who writes poems and he will be reading his own work. Joy Sprague, postmistress of Islesford, will be reading the works of Camden native Edna St. Vincent Millay. Bruce Damon, a Northeast Harbor fisherman, will read selections of the late Gott’s island resident Ruth Moore. And Mrs. Phoebe Milliken, a longtime summer resident, will read works by Rachel Field who summered on Sutton Island.

Robert Quinn of Eagle Island will read his uncle Bunney Quinn’s songs. “Bunney Quinn is like a Woody Guthrie of Maine,” said Ms. Blank. “Some of his songs are laments about working for the summer people. Some are songs celebrating engines used in his boat. His songs have not been published. His nephew will read them from a spiral notebook. The Quinns have lived year round for seven generations on Eagle Island, near Haystack.

This evening of poetry will be coordinated by Gunnar Hansen. The program is free of charge. Tea and coffee will be served.

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