In collaboration with the MWPA, Portland Poet Laureate Gibson Fay-LeBlanc has launched Deep Water, a new weekly poetry column for the Maine Sunday Telegram. Each edition of Deep Water includes a brief introduction by Fay-LeBlanc contextualizing the week’s poem.

Like a beach with a sudden drop-off, the best poems put you in the cold ocean without warning: the sand under your feet falls away, your heart thuds in your chest, and it’s all you can do to stay afloat. The column focuses on poems with deep water in them, in their sudden change in temperature, in their ability to grab a reader’s attention, and in their marriage of form and content.


The Archive

Deep Water launched in September, 2016. A complete archive of the poems can be found HERE.

*The column is currently closed to submissions.


Deep Water is made possible by

Portland-Press-Herald