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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 : Sidney Hall Jr., Brookline

sidney hall jrSidney Hall Jr. is a poet and a publisher. He is the owner of Hobblebush Books in Brookline, New Hampshire. His poems have appeared in journals such as the Graham House Review, Chattahoochie Review, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Hollins Critic, and many others, and in anthologies, and his poems and book reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Times Book Review and on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. He is the author of two books of poems: What We Will Give Each Other, and Chebeague; and a book of memoirs, Small Town Tales, a collection of his newspaper columns. He also a typographer and book designer.

Of this week's featured poem, Sid writes:

"I wrote the poem
Strawberries when I was moving into a little cabin at Point Reyes in California, to try to write for a week. I had stopped at a highly recommended farm on the way there to buy some fruit, and many of the poems I wrote that week were about fruit."


The strawberries are as
delicious as fire.

With milk and honey
they are like a lover,

mad, wild, foolish,
full of glee,

spotted, smooth,
sweet, a childish wine.

I bought them beside the road
from a Vietnamese farmer.

I tasted one and then
went back to his counter

and picked out two
more baskets.

He ducked
behind a wall

and quietly pulled
two extra of his best strawberries

and placed them on top
of my baskets

where I had to hold them on
with my thumbs.


To learn more about Sidney Hall Jr. visit...



Click here for a list of previous Poet Showcases

Last updated: September 19, 2007

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