MIDDLETOWN: POETIC VOICES PLEASE

CoraGreenhillAcclaimed British poet Cora Greenhill visits the Middletown Library on Monday, December 1, in an event hosted by the Red Bank Writers Group.

As her official bio states, “She lives in the Peak District in middle England, and in the Greek Island of Crete. Her poetry is strongly influenced by these places as well as other parts of the world, such as Africa, where she has traveled.”

So what brings Cora Greenhill to the greater Green this week — specifically Middletown Township Public Library, where the British wordsmith makes an exceedingly rare Stateside appearance on Monday, December 1? As it turns out, she’s visiting family right here in Red Bank — and when The Red Bank Writers Group got wind of those plans, it became necessary to engineer this opportunity for the poet (whose most-visited themes include feminism, spirituality, the natural world and global cultures) to meet some of her American fans, make new friends, and sign some copies of her books.

Presented under the title The Living Line: Poetry by Cora Greenhill, the two-hour event takes place in the community room at MTPL beginning at 6:30 pm. The poet, who’s been widely published in European literary journals and anthologies, will be talking about the publishing industry, participating in a Q&A, and reading selections from her three solo collections, including 2013’s The Point of Waking. The Red Bank Writers will also be announcing the winning entry in their recent poetry contest during the event.

stan4There’s more in store at Middletown Library this December 1st, including the first of five weekly installments in a new Movie Mondays slate of free film screenings. Holiday films take the spotlight this month, keynoted at 2:30 pm with a golden-age Hollywood holiday rom-com that’s garnered scores of new fans in recent years — 1944’s Christmas in Connecticut. A radiant Barbara Stanwyck stars in this Warner Bros. item as a big-city career-gal magazine writer whose wholly invented persona as a Martha Stewart-esque expert homemaker rears up to bite her, when her editor (the grand Sydney Greenstreet) thinks it a capital idea for her to host the perfect Christmas for a returning war hero (Dennis Morgan). Throw in the under-appreciated S.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall as her personal chef and you’ve got a slight but snappy Yuletide farce with some standout scenes and super performances (spoiler alert: Greenstreet gets the last laugh, and the final close-up, with his trademark chortle). Stay tuned to redbankgreen for more on Middletown’s movie days in December, including the start of an all-new Friday series at MTPL.