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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: Robert Dunn, Portsmouth

Robert DunnRobert Dunn, a former Portsmouth Poet Laureate (1999-2001) has long been an active and much loved member of the Portsmouth Poetry Community. When asked for a biographical note, he replied only: "Robert Dunn is said to live in Portsmouth, NH, although not on the best authority."  Some minor sleuthing though has turned up the following information: Robert is the author of: I Hear America Singing, sometimes it troubles me, Oyster River Press and Que , Musa, tendis, published by Peter Randall as well as several little "penny books" that he printed and sewed together.  Individual poems have been published in such journals as: Beloit Poetry Journal, Bellowing Ark, The Lyric and Larcom Review (among others).

Of his showcase poem, Robert told a friend (paraphrased): "If you watch where you’re going, you will never stumble into anything as wonderful like garnet embedded in New Hampshire granite."


Embedded in the road cut

just north of highway 4

and you alone walking

                              may yet find

the frozen light of small red stars.

Walking by starlight

along a country road

you must remind

                 your feet to stumble:

Finding the road (made for you alone)

adorned with semi-precious stones.

Click here for a list of previous Poet Showcases

Last updated: September 19, 2007

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