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Local Color Gallery Hosts Book Launch for Belfast Poet Tom Moore

May 5 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Thomas R. Moore will launch his sixth book of poetry, Unleashed (Moon Pie Press), on Sunday, May 5, from 4-6 pm, at Local Color Gallery. He will be joined for a reading at 4:30 PM by former Belfast poets laureate Ellen Sander and Judy Kaber, and his wife Leslie Moore, printmaker, poet, and member of the gallery. The cover of Moore’s new book features a painting by Sheep Jones, a yearly guest artist at the gallery.

“In Unleashed, Thomas Moore navigates the intersection where memory and imagination converge,” writes Ellen Sander. “It is a liminal space, one which this extraordinary collection occupies with quiet, particular, and eloquent glee…. There are salty meditations on aging and a juicy application of darkish wit. Moore is a master of the spare, vivid stanza and Unleashed abounds with droll and meticulous craft.”

“I found myself in continued surprise as I read these poems,” writes Jefferson Navicky. “Often arch, often delightfully curmudgeonly, always refreshing, these poems follow the poet’s roving eye around Belfast, Maine….In “An Ark of Oddities and the Finish Line,” Moore writes “I too want / to have made something exquisite and useless— / something too stunning to put into language.” With Unleashed, Moore has indeed achieved the exquisite and the stunning.”

A four-times Pushcart nominee, Thomas R. Moore won a Pushcart Prize in 2018 with “How We Built Our House.” His work has been broadcast on Writer’s Almanac and American Life in Poetry, and he received an Individual Artist Grant from the Maine Arts Commission. He taught at universities in Iran, Turkey, Mali, and the US, and his work is included in the 2018 Best of the Small Presses Anthology. In 2017 and 2018 he served as Poet Laureate for Belfast, Maine. He has published over a hundred poems in various literary journals. In a recent review, Dana Wilde called him “one of the most skilled poets we have in Maine right now.”


May 5
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Local Color Gallery


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