Mary Clare Powell Presents Weeding, Wed, July 10 at 7 pm


Weeding is a collection of poems about weeds, illustrated by photographs, drawings, and voices of other poets and writers about the value of paying attention to weeds.

“Weeds have taught me to take root where I land,” said Powell, “and to proliferate there, to welcome whatever comes, to receive what is given, to be exactly the weed I am. Weeds are scattershot, random, and determined not to be organized. I spent several years compiling this volume, collecting quotes, drawing sketches, writing poems, and simply receiving the pieces I hoped might become part of some delicious whole. This book is the result of paying attention to those plants that we often forget to notice.”


Mary Clare Powell, a poet, a writer, and teacher, lives in western Massachusetts.  For most of her life she’s been a teacher – from high school English in Baltimore County, MD to Taipei American School in Taiwan, to classes at UMass Amherst and ending up at Lesley University in Cambridge MA for 25 years.  She taught teachers how to integrate all the arts (drama, poetry, storytelling, music, dance, and visual arts) into their K-12 curricula.  Retired now, she offers writing/poetry classes at libraries and works with individual writers.  At 81, she gardens (spry, nimble and vigorous) and writes increasingly light-hearted poems.

Event date: 

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Event address: 

Broadside Bookshop
247 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060