Auburn poet will read from her latest work


AUBURN — Poet Pearl Tibbetts Sawyer of Auburn has released her ninth book of original poetry, “A Long String of Pearls,” coinciding with the recent celebration of her 90th birthday.

Deeply personal, the book, her most ambitious work thus far, spans the past six decades.

Sawyer will read from “A Long String of Pearls” at the Auburn Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23; and at Percy’s Burrow at the Auburn Mall at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29.

“My image of myself is of standing in the center of a cloud of sticky-notes tossed with abandon into the air to flutter and land where they will. And these fragile notes contain hopes, dreams, emotions, fantasies and observations recounted and recorded over the past year and a half. It is my continued testimonial to life,” Sawyer states in the book’s preface.

Her first book of poetry, “Driftwood Chips,” was published in 2002. Other publications include “Don’t Look Back,” “On Mayfield Road,” “The Dream Place,” “Through the Window,” “Hope is a Red Bird,” “Bread and Other Poems” and “A Closer Walk.”

Sawyer is an active participant of the University of Southern Maine’s L/A Senior College, an avid performer at Readers Theater and a contributor to the First Universalist Church of Auburn’s newsletter.