Dr. Michael Lepore, Glastonbury Poet Laureate
River Bend is pleased to welcome back Dr. Michael Lepore, Glastonbury Poet Laureate, for an afternoon of poetry and music.
On Sunday, September 22, Dr. Lepore will read from his most recent collection, My Inner Eye. He will be joined by special guest poets Danielle Pieratti and Isabelle Bruder Smith. Classical guitarist, Stephen Nystrup will provide a musical accompaniment.
This free event is open to all. Light refreshments will be served, and a book signing will take place after the reading.
About the Book
In My Inner Eye, Michael Lepore shares tender poems of loss and renewal, memory and hope. He takes us to visit with his Italian relatives: a grandfather sitting outside on a kitchen chair, bestowing a silver dollar to lucky grandkids, an aunt cooking up fried dough or her special tomato sauce, and more. We learn about his early struggles and enduring love. The chaotic sixties come to life once again. A compassionate look at the aging—whether it is a neglected barn or a lonely widow is part of this collection, and in these poems nature, too, offers its solaces, as in “Spring’s Fancy,” where “seeds, like innocent hearts, sleep beneath their winter blanket."
About the Poet
Michael Lepore is a retired orthodontist. He lives with his wife, Nancy, in Glastonbury, Connecticut. They converted their 1850 Georgian Revival home into a bed and breakfast inn, A Cardinal House, where they specialize in small weddings, elopements and afternoon Victorian High Teas. Dr. Lepore is the author of Forgotten Heroes: Poems for and about Veterans of the Vietnam War, Vietnam Voices: Echoes of the Vietnam Experience, and Moral Injury: A Vietnam War Journey of Moral and Spiritual Confusion, all published by Grayson Books.
Lepore received a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Michael's College in Winooski Park, Vermont, a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Baltimore, MD, and a Master's Certificate in Orthodontics from Tufts School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA. Lepore received a commission in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps and served his active duty attached to Headquarters, 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina from 1968 – 1970.
He is chaplain of the local Veterans’ Service Commission and adjutant/paymaster of the Peter P. Monaco, Jr. Detachment of the Marine Corps League where, through his poetry, he helps to raise funds for the Marines Helping Marines, Wounded Marine Program, for the combat troops returning from the Iraqi and Afghanistan conflicts. His poetry has been featured in New Dimensions, a publication of the American Association of Orthodontists, Tufts Dental Medicine, the magazine of the Tufts University Dental Alumni Association, Caduceus, published by the Yale Medical Group Art Place, and Long River Run, a publication of the Connecticut Poetry Society. Lepore is the treasurer of the Connecticut Poetry Society and a member of the Hartford Chapter’s Second Sunday Poetry Workshop.