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. Arts & Artists

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: Lisa Bourbeau, Francestown

Lisa BourbeauLisa Bourbeau shares a mountainside with five greyhounds, a neglected garden, and assorted wildlife. Her work has appeared in several magazines, anthologies and journals. Her first book, Cuttings From the Garden of Little Fears, was published by First Intensity Press in 2003. 

Of her showcase poem, Lisa writes:

"The poem Cadenza was written for, and to memorialize, Adeline Brown, an extraordinary woman and a beloved friend. Addy fiercely fought and last year lost her battle with ovarian cancer. "

cadenza
    for adeline brown
 
 
it’s a trap, addy           
 
this life, or the next     
 
 
fog under fingernails,  
 
sea glass fragmenting the sill,
 
the sleight of hand of rivers, dark woods, 
 
shallows deepened churning shadows, 
 
 
 …a constant
 
shucking off of light…
 
 
weeping cherry, dragonfly, dwarf iris, phlox….
 
and the early shoots!
 
they are green enough
 
for one whole shrunken season.
 
 
each matters
 
or not
 
first and last
 
 
to stand against and be defined by
 
 
this sky
 
that inclines itself toward
 
nothing—
 
 
…to be sheer color,   
 
cloud burdened, without shape,
 
estranged…
 
 
see the moon, held captive
 
in each pale curl

of breath. always
 
the eye persists, steel jawed,
 
snapping away
 
 
fallen
 
 
crumbs in an apron pocket     
 
a nest under the eaves 
 
twilight reshaping
 
the harsh lines
 
 
impeccable distance    
 
 
cruel as barbed wire strung
 
against an otherwise kind
 
but wholly imperfect   
 
white expanse

 

For more information about Lisa Bourbeau visit:


 

 

 


Click here for a list of previous Poet Showcases

Last updated: June 12, 2008

 
 
 
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