Poetry of Pain and Perseverance

June Nirschl

On Oct. 8 at 7 pm, June Nirschl will be the featured reader for the Dickinson Poetry Series.

First impressions do have an impact. The hopeful, positive characters of childhood literature left a permanent optimism on Nirschl. Life, however, has tempered that view. Her poetry acknowledges the pain of loss and reinforces the choice, as well as the beauty, of perseverance.

Nirschl worked as an English teacher and municipal clerk, and it is her love of the written and spoken word that has spurred her interest in poetry.

After the readings on Oct. 8, the latest edition of the annual Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County poetry chapbook will be introduced at a publication party.

Sweet Kahlua and Sour Lime features poetry from the 2013 – 2014 Dickinson Poetry Series. The title suggests that poetry helps us see, understand and accept the contrasts of life: sweet and sour, dark and light, old and young, happy and sad.

The public is invited to enjoy refreshments, music, impromptu readings of poems by their authors, and the opportunity for poets to autograph their pages in purchased books. The book is $10, and will be available at poetry and UUFDC events.

On the second Wednesday of every month, the Dickinson Poetry Series features a reading by a local or regional poet followed by an open mic and reception. The public is welcome, and admission is free. The UUF is located at 10341 Hwy. 42 in Ephraim. For more information call 920.854.7559.