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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: 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. "

    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
…to be sheer color,   
cloud burdened, without shape,
see the moon, held captive
in each pale curl

of breath. always
the eye persists, steel jawed,
snapping away
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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