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CT Poets’ Corner: Jim Finnegan’s poems explore our transitory existence – Hartford Courant

Giotto’s Circle

by Jim Finnegan


As Vasari’s story goes, Giotto’s signature

was a single perfect circle. Drawn in red, freehand

and quickly, almost casually to send a message to a Pope.

A circle that rippled over the seas…around the earth,

and widens still.

Confidence in one’s talent and facility

is a funny thing. It can come and go. By now

you must know that art is that circle. One that both

widens and tightens. It lets us in, but then as easily

it holds us out.

Sometimes we are inside the bait ball of small fish

that larger predatory fish keep reforming

and perfecting with their teeth. Sometimes the wobble

of a far planet means a dead star disturbs its orbit,

slowly reels it in.

It took a long time to realize your gift would never

be Giotto’s. That whatever circle you might draw

would be more like a tire that needed air. One hears

it throb and moan over miles of pavement, but

O, it rolls on.


Like Hartford’s renowned poet Wallace Stevens, poet Jim Finnegan of West Hartford works in insurance.In his poetry, Finnegan looks at our transitory existence and explores the mystery and anonymity of the self.

Source: CT Poets’ Corner: Jim Finnegan’s poems explore our transitory existence – Hartford Courant

May 6, 2018 The Charter Oak Readings with poets Donna Fleischer and Leslie McGrath



Sunday May 6, 3PM

Donna Fleischer’s poems are in small independent press chapbooks, anthologies, and journals worldwide. These include Kō, Modern Haiku, Otoliths, Peace Is a Haiku Song, Poetry at the End of the World, Spiral Orb, The Marsh Hawk Press Review, and The #Occupy Wall Street Anthology. < Periodic Earth >, from Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press (Colorado, 2016), is her fourth chapbook. Other chapbooks are with Longhouse Publishers and bottle rockets press.

Leslie McGrath is the author of three collections of poetry, the most recent being Feminists Are Passing from Our Lives. Winner of the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and the Gretchen Warren award from the New England Poetry Club, her poems and interviews have been published in Agni, Poetry magazine, The Academy of American Poets, The Writer’s Chronicle, and The Yale Review. McGrath teaches creative writing at Central CT State University and is series editor of The Tenth Gate, a poetry imprint of The Word Works Press. She lives in Essex.

Reading starts with an Open Mike.

Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Free event.

The Charter Oak Readings Blogspot

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Directions to Charter Oak Cultural Center

From points west

Take 84 East to 48B (the “Capitol Avenue” exit). At the end of the ramp, take a left onto Capitol Avenue and go straight until the road ends. Take a right onto Main Street. Turn left at the first light onto Charter Oak Avenue and the Cultural Center is the first building on the right with two domes on top.

From points east

Take 84 West to exit 54 (the “Downtown Hartford” exit). At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Columbus Boulevard. At the fifth light, turn right onto Charter Oak Avenue. After the second light, the Cultural Center is the building with two domes on top on the left side of the street just before Main Street.

From points north or south

Take 91 to exit 29A in Hartford, labeled “Capitol Area”. Bear right and take the second exit labeled “Prospect Street to Main Street”. Turn left atthe stoplight at the end of the ramp and go straight. At the second light turn right onto Charter Oak Avenue. After the turn, the center is the third building on the left with two domes on top.


  • Free parking is available on weekends in the lot across the street from the center at 330 Main Street and at Betances School located diagonally across the street.
  • There is also metered parking available on the street in front of the Cultural Center and on Prospect Street. These spots are free on the weekends.
  • Free spaces can be found further down Charter Oak Avenue and on John Street.
  • Do not park next door at 25 Charter Oak Avenue or in the lot behind the building. They will tow in both locations.

The Charter Oak Readings : : Donna Fleischer & Leslie McGrath : : The Charter Oak Cultural Center

Jack Gilbert: Poet without a career by Jim Finnegan /

Gerald Stern and Jack Gilbert (right) on the streets of Paris in 1950

Jack Gilbert: Poet without a Career