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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: Anne Dewees, Portsmouth

Anne DeweesAnne "backed in to" writing poetry some years ago, when she assumed the caregiver role for her husband. As time permitted, pen and paper were always at the ready.  She writes: "Over the years, writing has become an important part of my day and has brought me small successes and much joy."  An active member of the poetry community, she has served on the Board of the Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program.  Her work has appeared in "Compass Rose," "Avocet," Heartbeat of New England," "Portsmouth Unabridged," The 2008 Poets' Guide to New Hampshire, among other publications.  She has published two chapbooks,  Crossing Points, (Hobblebush Books 2004) and Harvesting, (Hobblebush Books, 2007.) 

Of her featured poem, Anne writes:

"I could not live anywhere but close to the ocean, be it Portsmouth, NH, Carmel, CA, or Cape Cod.  I walk the beaches not only for exercise, but also for reflection and  meditation.  This poem began as a description of a low tide stroll at Wallis Sands. The discoveries that day seem to lend themselves to the universal and my own very present concerns of aging."  


late afternoon chill, tide dead low
     only a slash of silver
             disjoins gray sea from sky

brown seaweed traces secrets
     on hard packed sand
            I search the gleaming tide pools

for pale starfish
     mossy green snails
            the blue mussels that will not open

to give me answers
     about the coming of age
             before I grow old

For more information about Anne Dewees visit:


Click here for a list of previous Poet Showcases

Last updated: December 28, 2007

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