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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk of course.

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Posted: May 9, 2014

Several shows later … I’m writing poetry of praise

Rodrigo y Gabriela courtesy photo

With a fistful of ticket stubs and a head full of memories I’m inspired to write some poetry. Some of it not half-bad, some of so-so, some of it downright cheesy,  but all of it with immense love in my heart.

I’ll begin with a Haiku  for Mary Fahl who performed at One Longfellow Square on April 18

With a divine voice

Mary owned the room that night


Now here’s  a Haiku for Rodrigo y Gabriela who played at The State Theatre on April 25

With blazing guitars

they blew everyone away

and I’m still awestruck

Next here’s a limerick for Aimee Mann & Ted Leo (performing as The Both) at Port City Music Hall on April 26

There once was a duo so merry

on the sundae of life, they’re the cherry

Their new record’s the bomb

and they played with aplomb

And I died when they sang “Voices Carry”

Now a straight-up poem for M.I.A. who played a sold-out show at The State Theatre on May 6

She dove into the crowd and the fans went wild

Everyone shouted, everyone smiled

She brought fans on stage and with their phones took selfies

The supply of enthusiasm was really quite healthy

Her name is Mathangi, but she’s called M.I.A.

It was one hell of a show and quite a display

M.I. A. at the State Theatre in Portland on May 6, 2014. Photo by Aimsel Ponti

Finally, here’s an homage in limerick form to the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra who played at Port City Music Hall on May 8

Kevin Oates has an orchestra of strings

and these kids are a musical hot spring

They played with Sara and Lyle

The best thing I’ve seen in a while

And they all played with fabulous zing!


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