Booker's Point

Booker's Point

by Megan Grumbling


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Winner of the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, 2015.
Winner of the Book Award for Poetry, Maine Literary Awards, 2017.

Bernard A. Booker, old Maine codger and unofficial mayor of Ell Pond, knew the right ways to dig an eight-foot hole, build a maple sugar house out of a water heater, and snatch good white granite from other people’s back lots. The wry Yankee woodsman is the subject of Booker’s Point, an oral history-inspired portrait-in-verse. Weaving storytelling, natural history, and the poetry of place, this collection evokes the sensibility of rural New England, meditations on home and elders, and, above all, the pleasures of a good story.
From “Some Kind of Hunter”
He coaxed a pregnant woman right across
the river, and it weren’t no easy bridge.
A cousin of an in-law, broke as dirt,
she come up visiting from Vermont too poor
to buy a license. Booker paid it, set
a rifle in her hands, and took her up
to Perkinstown, the brook side, where they come
upon this bridge, just beams and cables, rough.
Full six months big, a borrowed gun; to her,
that span, it looked like one hell of a stunt

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781574416343
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
Publication date: 03/25/2016
Series: Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry Series , #23
Pages: 84
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Raised in Maine, MEGAN GRUMBLING lives by the sea in Portland. Her honors include the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Fellowship, the Robert Frost Foundation Award, and Scotland’s Hawthornden Fellowship; her poems have appeared in Poetry, Crazyhorse, The Iowa Review,Memorious, and elsewhere. She teaches at Southern Maine Community College and the University of New England.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix


Some Kind of Hunter 3

Tacks 4

Plucked 5

Making It Home 7

Stone Harvest 9

Measures 11

Going In 13

In Stones 14

Birches 15

Enterprise 17

Rock Maple Sap 19

The Fruit 20


Stuff 23

Taking Stock 24

Lots 25

Immersion 26

Trout Tenets 27

The Bottom 28

License 29

Softwoods 30

Deeds 31

Water Lines: Reckoning 33

Progress 34

Good Digging 35


By Piece 39

Hemlock 40

Trouble 41

Development 42

Practical Jokes 44

Water Lines: Now as Then 46

Rope 47

Blueberrying 48

Beeches 50

Divergence 51

Line Variations 53

Through North Berwick's Cemetery 54


Rigging 57

Age of Iron 58

After Sap 59

Rock Maples 60

True North 61

Operation Culvert 62

Good Ones 63

There from Here 65

Moosemeat 67

Tamaracks 68

Raking Near the Great Works 69

Never Looked Better 70

Booker's Point 71


Portland, Maine

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