Coming back to Deer Isle brings poet and author Ron Singer back to the place where he first launched his career as a poet.
“I’d been coming to the island since 1969,” said Singer. “I had four or five poems published in the [Island] Ad-Vantages.” After they were published, a woman stopped Singer on the street and asked him if he were the poet she’d read. When he said yes, she said she loved his work. It was that exposure, and encouragement, that helped him believe he could be a poet, said Singer in a recent phone interview.
Some of those early published poems are included in Singer’s newest book of poetry, Look to Mountains, Look to Sea. On Monday, August 12, Singer read poetry from that volume at Chase Emerson Memorial Library in Deer Isle.
Since his early days as a poet, he’s had published more than 200 poems, along with works of fiction and non-fiction.
“I’ve been a writer since I was a little kid,” said Singer.
Singer lives in the winter in New York City, in Greenwich Village, and said it’s the contrast between the city and Maine that seems to prompt poetry.
“It’s the dramatic change in milieu,” said Singer. “When I come up here I have the space and time to think.”
Singer and his wife, artist Liz Yamin, now spend their summers in Weld in Western Maine, near Farmington and Rumford. “Deer Isle became a little busy for us,” said Singer. “The art scene was too active.”
Coming back to the island, though, to reconnect with friends and to share poetry, is something Singer enjoys.
“Readings are always exciting,” he said. Singer said he and Yamin were struck by “how much has changed, especially Stonington.”