April 15th, 2011
From the website of artist, author, educator – Susan Gaylord:
Today’s poetry month post is a tribute to my friend Paul Marion the unofficial poet laureate of Lowell, MA. In my calligraphy years, his poems were a frequent source of content. Rather than list his many accomplishments and projects, I’ll just send you to Paul’s website. There you can find a link to a wonderful article about Paul in Yankee Magazine by Geoffrey Douglas in 2009, see Paul reading his poem Dylan Sings to Kerouac at the Kerouac Memorial in Lowell, and go to Loom Press which publishes books by emerging writers and artists from the New England area.
And here’s a link to an earlier post of mine about Paul’s book, What Is The City?
In Honor of National Poetry Month/ by Paul Marion
April 15th, 2011
After sunrise on April 15, 1861, Major Anderson and his men were shuttled from Fort Sumter to the ships of the US Fleet patrolling outside Charleston Harbor. Once aboard, the flotilla set sail for New York City.
In Washington, President Lincoln issued a proclamation that contained these lines: “. . . now, therefore that I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, in virtue of the power vested in me by the constitution and the laws, have thought fit to call forth, and hereby do call forth, the militia of the several states of the Union to the aggregate number of seventy-five thousand, in order to suppress said combination, and to cause the laws to be duly executed.”
In Lowell, the Daily Courier reported “The proclamation of the President is received with favor by everybody, ad all with whom we have conversed, say that the Government must be sustained, and the traitors punished for their treason. The various military companies have meetings this evening, and we trust a spirit will be evinced of readiness to aid in upholding the President, by volunteering their services if necessary.”
Later that day, the commander of the Sixth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment received the following order from the state’s Adjutant General: “Col. Jones: Sir, I am directed by His Excellency, the Commander-in-Chief, to order you to muster your regiment on Boston Common, forthwith, in compliance with a requisition made by the President of the United States. The troops are to go to Washington.”
That night, the soldiers assembled at their armory and were busy all night preparing for their departure.
April 15th, 2011
The next regular breakfast meeting of Greater Lowell Area Democrats will be held this coming Saturday April 16, 20011 at 8am at the Independence Grill at the Radisson Hotel in Chelmsford. The regular agenda will include: ongoing topics such as the status of the 5th District and legislative redistricting plans and the Joint Redistricting Committee hearing schedule and website as well as the host committee plans for the MDP Convention in Lowell (June 4, 2011). There will be a discussion of the workships and panels planned for the state convention. State committee members will report the proceedings of the April 13th DSC meeting. Local and federal legislative activities continue to be on the agenda – especially the federal FY ’12 budget, proposed cuts and the resulting fall-out, the state and local budgets and the budgetary philosophy and other related topics.
Bob Massie, a candidate for the U. S. Senate will be a special guest who will address members and take their questions. Massie will be remembered by activists as the Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor back in 1994 on the ticket with nominee for Governor Mark Roosevelt.
GLAD Members, Associates and interested Democrats are invited to attend the GLAD meetings along with elected and appointed officials.
Directions: Independence Grill at the Radisson Hotel – Exit 34/Rte. 495 – take right off Rte 110 at the hotel sign / parking in front and behind the hotel.