BANGOR – Tom Fallon will present “Now Is Creation!,” a program of poetry and anti-poetry at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell on Sunday, April 26th, at 1 PM. The program will include poetry, performance and audience participation piece and a display of Fallon’s literary explorations. “Now is creation, the present moment in each individual’s creative source, where originality exists in force,” Fallon states. Proceeds will benefit the Natural Resources Council of Maine with a suggested donation of $10. Refreshments will be served.
Tom Fallon has been a Maine Times poetry editor, a director of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, received two Maine Art Commission awards and has presented readings at the Maine Festival with Lee Sharkey, Mark Melnicove, Bern Porter and Robert Chute, at New Year’s Portland with Robert Creeley, as well as at UMO, UMA, USM, Bates College and various secondary schools. Edgar Allen Beem in the Maine Times described Fallon as a “unique Maine poet…” who presented the first performance poetry and first group literary improvisations in Maine. He is author of five books and two chapbooks, the latest a twenty year selection of his exploration of literary form titled, “NOW,” and is included in four anthologies. He has had a trilogy of plays, “A Dying Animal,” produced by the AtmaTheater Company in Boston.
An intuitive writer, Fallon has explored “…a multiplicity of literary forms as natural as the multiplicity of life forms…” rather than conforming to the artificial restrictions of traditional poetry. His direction is pointed out by the American poet Marianne Moore who stated in an interview with Donald Hall for the Kenyon Review, “What I write is only called poetry because there is no other category,” and William Carlos Williams, who wrote, “All the ways and means we have of writing just go to prove no one has yet found the one best way.” So we have poetry, anti-poetry, charteng, concrete poetry, conceptual literature, intermedia, word works, etc. Fallon’s innate creative freedom was reinforced by the visual art of Cezanne, Monet, Picasso, Braque, Dali and others as well as the modern jazz of Monk, Coltrane, Mingus and Coleman, classical composers Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Debussy, Ives, Varese and Cage, poets Whitman, Pound, Eliot, Moore, Williams, cummings, Higgins, Porter as well as the NYC Off-Off Broadway theater of the Seventies at The Caffe Cino, La Mama ETC and Judson Poets Theater.
The Natural Resources Council of Maine has been protecting the nature of Maine for over 50 years. Visit them online at www.nrcm.org.
The Harlow Gallery is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership based arts organization located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell since 1963. Fabric as Meditation, featuring work by Holly Dominie & Barbara Crowley will be on view in the gallery during this event. Gallery hours are noon to 6:00 pm, Wednesday-Saturday. For more information, visit www.harlowgallery.org or call 207-622-3813.