A group of southern
Maine residents has appointed themselves the task of naming Portland's
"official" poet laureate. Which is odd, not just because two of them
don't even live in Portland.
The term "poet
laureate" is usually used to designate someone chosen by a government body
to represent that body (and its constituency) poetically - not, as this group
is trying to do, a person chosen by private citizens and then foisted on the
government as a fait accompli.
Rustic Overtones went
on WCYY's SpinOut show with Mark Curdo recently to announce they were reuniting, but have been cagey about
when they would play their reunion show on the patio at CYY.
The details are being announced on WCYY today, so keep listening at 93.9 and 94.3 FM.
The diner, which celebrated its third anniversary at the end of last month, closed for financial problems, according to co-owner Blake Smithson, who said the club faced the costs of
renewing all of its various food, beverage, and entertainment licenses, as well
as some overdue tax payments, and "the specter of June, July, and
August" - the lowest-revenue three-month period of the year.