A writer inspired by nature and human nature


An evening of poetry

I spent a lovely evening in October at The Newport Cultural Center in Newport, Maine reading from My Maine: Haiku through the Seasons (Poetry & Photography Collection by Bette A. Stevens), chatting with the audience about Maine and about poetry before signing books. Whether writing a paragraph, a poem or a book, preparing marketing materials, deciding how to format a page or publication, selecting images or designing book covers—even when preparing a presentation for a group, organization or classroom—writers/authors are researchers at heart. Welcome to a brief recap of “Celebrate Maine through Poetry” night.

A wonderful evening chatting about “MAINE” & “POETRY” with old friends and new friends. We talked about the benefits of reading and writing poetry for people in all age groups and professions, discovered some tricks for picking the perfect word whether writing poetry or prose. The audience was amazing at it! 

The Pine Tree State

Did you know?

Maine (nicknamed The Pine Tree State) was initially a province of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In fact, it was decades after the American Revolution before Maine gained official statehood. The Eastern white pine tree helped fuel the region’s economy in an era when shipbuilding and lumbering reigned supreme. The value of those pines actually provided a spark for the American Revolution. Massachusetts didn’t want to lose any of those pine profits it gained after the war while Mainers struggled for political and economic independence. Maine will officially celebrate its Bicentennial on March 15, 2020.

A Peek Inside the Collection

The Pine Tree State

Maine pines and people
Survivors, resilient souls
Standing tall and proud

Pragmatic figures
Independence their calling
Rugged yet limber

Growing where they choose
While rising ever higher
Strong arms branching out

Tempering spirits
Amidst the boundless medley
Solid, steady, proud

The Power of Poetry

How Readers & Writers of All Ages Benefit 

  • Improves Verbal Skills & Memory
  • Enhances Cognitive Function
  • Develops Empathy & Insight
  • Encourages Creativity

I’ll be elaborating on all four of these benefits in future posts. Plus you’ll get to meet some of my old and new friends who are benefiting from the power of reading and  writing  poetry. 

Why Pick Poetry?

Inspired by the beauty and bounty of my home state, I write poetry in many forms; but I chose haiku for My Maine to offer readers a collection of story poem snapshots into the unique place I know and love.

“A nature-filled land that enlivens the senses and soothes the soul—to me, Maine is poetry.” –Bette A. Stevens

About the Author

Inspired by nature and human nature, author Bette A. Stevens is a retired elementary and middle school teacher, a wife, mother of two and grandmother of eight. Stevens lives in central Maine with her husband on their 37-acre farmstead where she enjoys reading, writing, gardening, walking and reveling in the beauty of nature. She advocates for children and families, for childhood literacy and for the conservation of monarch butterflies (milkweed is the only plant that monarch caterpillars will eat). Stevens has written articles for ECHOES, The Northern Maine Journal of Rural Culture. As of July 2019,  Stevens has self-published five books and has a second poetry collection on the drawing board. Find out more about the author and her books at https://www.amazon.com/author/betteastevens

Contact the author at DBS Publishing to order author-signed copies of her books or to schedule a Poetry Event tailored to meet the needs and interests of your school, community group, company or organization or simply to find out more about it.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I look forward to hearing from you. (Comment Section Below)

“Happy Reading & Writing Poetry!” 

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Comments on: "From Kids to Corporate Executives—Everyone Benefits from Poetry!" (63)

  1. Kudos, Bette! Hugs on the wing.

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  2. Wonderful, Bette! 😀 Your love and pride in your state shines through and fascinating to learn some of its brief history! A great idea to encourage poetry and not many realise it is an excellent way to ‘Develop Empathy & Insight’!

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    • Thanks so much for your kind and thoughtful note, dear Annika! I’ll be featuring more posts detailing the multiple benefits and the power of poetry… ❤ Blessings and hugs!

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  3. Thank you for sharing a part of you and your world!.. as always, it is a wonderful journey!.. I usually refer to poetry as thoughts that rhyme… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May the sun shine all day long
    Everything go right, nothing go wrong
    May those you love bring love back to you
    May all the wishes you wish come true
    May peace be within you
    May your heart be strong
    May you find whatever you’re seeking
    Wherever you may roam
    (Irish Saying)

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit, Larry. I do write rhyming poetry as well as haiku, and hope you’ll enjoy the inline rhymes, rhythms and other poetic devices used in My Maine. ❤ Have a blessed and beautiful week, my friend. xo

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  4. Thanks for sharing your evening and your wisdom and the peek inside your book!

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  5. So lovely getting a peek into your book Bette. Congratulations! Wonderful that you are inspiring people to do more poetry.

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  6. It sounds like a wonderful event. I’m sure the audience was enthralled.

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  7. This is so wonderful. I’m happy you had a nice evening and thank you so much for sharing it with us, Bette. ❤

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  8. Thank you for sharing this beautiful evening with us Bette. Lovely thoughts… nothing soothes the soul like poetry and pine and you have both. Stay blessed dear friend.

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  9. A lovely post about your book and poetry loving friends, Bette.

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  10. You’re living the dream and that’s a great thing. Yes reading and writing is a very important part of our lives.

    Have a fabulous day and week, my friend. ♥

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  11. How fun, Bette! Looks like you had a nice turnout, too 🙂

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  12. Sounds like such fun, Bette. Congrats on the wonderful event. 🙂

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  13. It was so nice to finally meet you and see the passion you have for poetry and writing ❤

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  14. Wonderful and best e

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  15. Sounds like a wonderful event, and a great way for you to share your writing talent. Good for you! 🙂

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  16. D.L. Finn, Author said:

    Love the picture, Bette. Sounds like a great day. I’m looking forward to the blogs and the benefits of poetry! Yay.

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  17. Congratulations Bette. This event looks lovely.

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  18. Beautiful post, Bette, and what a lovely event.

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  19. What a fun event for you! I love the picture–such an eclectic, happy group.

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    • Enjoyed every moment! Guests were a delight and so willing to participate… Talking about Maine, benefits of poetry in everyone’s life and using resources and literary devices to pick the perfect words. 🙂 Thanks for checking it out, Jacqu! xo

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  20. I didn’t know this fact about Maine and the pine tree. And how wonderful for you to read and chat at this neat event. You are so good about getting yourself – and your book and your poetry – “out there.” I love this poem on the “Pine Tree State.”

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  21. How wonderful Bette. I love poetry. 🙂

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  22. Ultra said:

    Thank you for the beautiful words about poetry. It’s so rare in the modern world. They say it’s a waste of time.
    Pozrawiam

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by and for your thoughtful comment, Pozrawiam. Poetry has played a positive roll in the history of the world–it needs to be revisited and read often. Poetry enhances our personal lives in multiple ways–when teaching, I read poetry to my students every day and we wrote poems each week as well. Poetry teaches more than vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure, it improves our minds and souls. I’ll be writing more about the power and benefits of reading and writing poetry and am so grateful for your comment. ❤ Blessings, my friend.

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  23. Such a joy to read this, Bette! Thanks for sharing. xo

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  24. Congratulations on your book event, Bette. Maine is a gorgeous state and I hope George and I have the opportunity to visit Maine again.

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    • Thanks so much, MICHELLE (I’m losing it… 🙂 XO . ❤ I hope you'll get a chance to return to The Pine Tree State–a land where magic happens every day… Wishing you a magical holiday season with your beautiful family, dear friend! xo

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  25. The photo is lovely, and I’ve learned so much about your state. 🙂

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  26. smiling to your guidance
    on using poetic expression
    to say what others need
    to hear 🙂

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  27. Many congrats & wishing you the best. I’d love if you’d guest blog post for my site. if you’re so inclined, here’s a link to general guidelines:

    https://happinessbetweentails.com/2018/01/29/got-1-to-3-great-photos-or-illustrations-an-article-300-words-or-less-that-youd-like-published-on-happiness-between-tails/

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