AUBURN – Pearl Tibbetts Sawyer, author of six published works of poetry, will read from her latest collection, “Hope is a Red Bird” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, at Percy’s Burrow in the Auburn Mall.

Hope is the central issue of the poems in Sawyer’s latest collection. Several have breast cancer as their theme, which inspired Sawyer to dedicate this collection “in hope to all my fellow survivors of breast cancer” and particularly to her niece who fought the courageous battle for many years.

Using words from one of her own lines of poetry, Sawyer writes in the introduction, “I hope the reader sees through the disguises hidden within the lines and recognizes the hope that prompted them.”

Sawyer, 85, has lived in Auburn for more than 37 years and raised four children before that while living in Lewiston. Sawyer didn’t start writing until after she retired. Since her 80th birthday, she has written a book of poetry a year.

One of the purposes for publishing her works is to let the younger generation know there are elderly people who are still active and creative with significant accomplishments. “I think it’s important for more people to become aware that the social attitude toward the elderly is way behind – being old is not bad. It’s what you make it,” Sawyer affirmed.

For more information, call Percy’s Burrow at 376-3225.

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