Poetry Anthology


Sixty-two poets and over a hundred new poems

offer a lyrical map of our Valley.





From the Introduction by Editor Jane Yolen

"So many places in the Valley are poems to me. I have lived in Northampton, Conway, and Hatfield, but poetry doesn’t just reside there. Poems seem to drop from the apple orchards, rise up in the cornfields. They lie beneath the snow emerging first as blue-flowered snowdrops. They grow under the white nettings over tobacco crops. They sail on the rivers, and tumble over the gorges, make the rounds of the Oxbow. They clack behind the wheels of the Vermonter as it stops twice a day in Northampton. They shudder each time a too-large truck goes under Northampton’s truck-eating bridge. They pause by Sojourner Truth’s statue, enjoy the Smith College greenhouse in February, nod at the mastodon in the Amherst College Museum, follow the dinosaur tracks in the shale along the Connecticut. I hear more than just Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost in all the passing winds."

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Janet E. Aalfs

Karen Amerman

Doug Anderson

Alice Barrett

Jean Blakeman

Anna Bozena Bowen

Floyd Cheung

Gail Cleare

Candace R. Curran

Corinne Demas

Deborah Dill

Sarah Doyle

Crescent Dragonwagon

Beth Filson

Anita Gallers

Michael Goldman

Tzivia Gover

D. M. Gordon

Nina Gross

Donna Hébert

Sharon A. Harmon

Ray Homstead

Jane McPhetres Johnson

Phyllis Katz

Mary Ellen Kelly

Kathleen M. Kelley

Eileen P. Kennedy

Marian Kent

F. D. Kindness

Melanie S. Lewis

Patricia Lee Lewis

Patricia MacLachlan

Jan Maher

Paul Mariani

Nathalie McCormick

Ellen Meeropol

Marcia Merithew

Richard Michelson

Susan T. Middleton

Burleigh Mutén

Linda Neas

Lesléa Newman

Rebecca Hart Olander

Christine Anne Pratt

Mary Clare Powell

Forrest Proper

Diane Rachele

Mary Robertson

Laura Rodley

Paula Sayword

V. Jane Schneeloch

Pat Schneider

Molly Scott

Stephanie Shafran

Heidi E.Y. Stemple

Joshua Michael Stewart

Cynthia Suopis

Gail Thomas

Ann Warren Turner

Jovonna Van Pelt

Theresa A. Vincent

Hilde Weisert

Jane Yolen


Compass Roads Book Launch
April 10, at 7 pm at the Florence Civic Center
Compass Roads Reading 
Easthampton Bookfest
April 14, at 4 pm at White Square Books
Compass Roads Reading 
MAY 10, at 7 pm at Montague Bookmill
Compass Roads Reading 
MAY 16, at 7 pm at Odyssey Bookstore
Compass Roads Reading 
MAY 24, at 7 pm at Jones Library