You’ve heard of “cowboy poetry”? Well, this is fisherman poetry! On Tuesday, September 27, at 6:30 p.m. the Camden Public Library welcomes writer Paul McFarland to the library’s Picker Room for an evening of poetry. McFarland will be reading and discussing poetry from his book “Father’s Shoes,” which compiles sixty-eight of his best poems written over the past fifty years.
Humor, patriotism, nostalgia, and spiritualism can be found in abundance in McFarland’s book. McFarland’s forty years in the commercial fishing industry have inspired poems about adventure and tragedy in the Bering Sea and the North Atlantic. McFarland is a native of Maine, and his book is filled with entertaining poetry reflecting the exploits of deer hunters, brook trout fisherman, and other characters who roam the backwoods of Maine.
Well-known local poet Kristen Lindquist says, “Paul McFarland is a true storyteller, skillfully weaving words, rhythm, and rhyme to unspool the lives of his authentic Maine characters. These are poems to read aloud to one another on a winter’s night or around a campfire, to share with children and grandchildren in hopes of passing along a love of the spoken word and the classic story.”
Books of McFarland’s poetry will be available for purchase at the event. For more information, visit librarycamden.org.