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New Hampshire Poet Showcase
From NH Poet Laureate, Pat Fargnoli

At my request, The NH Arts Council is providing me with a link to the poet laureate page on their website in order that I may showcase poems by a number of New Hampshire Poets. The poets will be by my invitation only, but I plan to include both the famous and the less famous ....those who are seriously working at poetry craft from many areas of the state. A different poet and poem will be presented every 2 weeks.

Featured Poet: Scott Coykendall, Wentworth

Scott CoykendallScott teaches professional and creative writing classes at Plymouth State University where he is a member of the English Department. With his wife and two daughters, along with various cats, dogs, fish, and chickens, he lives and writes in Wentworth, NH.

Of his poem, Scott writes:

A mutual friend, John Gilgun, emailed me a few years ago and asked me to write a birthday poem for our friend Jeff's fortieth birthday. Jeff and I had had a lot of great times, but I don't do occasional poems very well. I sat to write down about a road trip and lightning strike that we had been involved in. It was one of our favorite stories. But the war in Iraq was starting, the television was still showing the twin towers falling every night, and I was having a hard time excluding the world around me from my poem about this comic moment. And, in truth, Jeff WAS one the first people I called the night of 9/11. Finally, I surrendered and let the world into the poem. No one has asked me to write a birthday poem since.

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Click here for a list of previous Poet Showcases

Last updated: June 3, 2008

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