Usually if someone calls and want’s to bring 25 or 30 teenagers( who are not going to spend a dime
,) to my store, I’d be rather leary. But when Montana’s Poet Laureate, Sheryl Noethe, called and wanted to bring her high school poetry students to the store for a reading, it was a no brainer. Not only do I have a love of poetry, but Ms. Noethe and Circle Square have some history. In 1995, PBS made a film of her poem “Goodwill Thrift Store, Missoula” with Circle Square sitting in for the, by then ,defunct downtown Goodwill. So it was super cool to have her come back and read the poem “in situ,” and teach the student’s how any object or happening can be the genesis of a poem.