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Cuilionn Sardine Songs, Herring Hymns (39) RE: Sardine Songs, Herring Hymns 17 Apr 10

Time to cast the (inter)nets wide!

On April 16th, 2010, the last sardine cannnery in Maine--and, I've heard, in the United States--closed its doors, ending a way of life and putting more than 100 people out of work.

Maine poet and Instigator of Sundry Artistic Outpourings & Expressive Outrageousness, Gary Lawless, grew up in a sardine-canning town and has been working on a series of public events to commemorate and celebrate this important element of Maine's history and culture. He notes that the plants employed mostly women, providing a rare source of woman-earned income as well as wonderful opportunities for otherwise isolated housewives to gather, tell stories, and entertain each other in the midst of their very hard work.

Lawless been seeking out songs and poems from "sardine cultures" around the world, many of which are featured on a blog called, "Sardine Songs, Herring Hymns"

Anyone else have any sardine/herring songs/poems to share, from your culture or others? I will alert him to this thread to facilitate further artistic in-gathering.


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