Bill Carpenter, professor of english and creative writing at College of the Atlantic, has a long history with the college teaching courses such as <a href="/live/profiles/1745-bread-love-and-dreams" target="_blank">psychoanalysis</a> and <a href="/live/profiles/1746-poetry-and-the-american-environment" target="_blank">poetry</a>. He has written many books outside of the walls of COA, his most recent work being the maritime novel <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Wooden-Nickel-Novel-William-Carpenter/dp/0316089745" target="_blank">The Wooden Nickel</a> (<em>Little-Brown 2002</em>).Bill Carpenter, professor of english and creative writing at College of the Atlantic, has a long history with the college teaching courses such as psychoanalysis and poetry. He has written many books outside of the walls of COA, his most recent work being the maritime novel The Wooden Nickel (Little-Brown 2002).

Today’s poem is “Fire,” by William Carpenter.

Bill was the first faculty member at College of the Atlantic where he still teaches literature and writing. He’s the author of three books of poems and two novels, the most recent is “Wooden Nickel” (Little Brown).

He has written, “Most of my work comes from what I see and hear right around home. Many of my poems, like ‘Fire,’ are about edges and boundaries. Maine is full of boundaries–the land and the ocean, the past and the present, wealth and poverty, civilization and wildness.”

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