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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: Pat Parnell, Stratham

Pat ParnellPat Parnell is author of two published collections of poetry, Snake Woman and Other Explorations, Finding the Female in Divinity (2001) and Talking with Birches, Poems of Family and Everyday Life. (2004), with a third collection in process, Masks and Mirrors. She is Professor Emerita in the writing program of Chester College of New England,  Chester, where she also served as co-editor of Compass Rose, the college’s journal of the literary and visual arts. She is currently conference coordinator for the Seacoast Writers Association and associate editor of The Poet’s Touchstone, the quarterly journal of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire. She enjoys reading her poems to an audience, appearing frequently as a workshop presenter, featured reader, and Open Mike reader.

Of her Showcase poem Pat writes:

"Word Become Flesh" reflects a theme common to many of my poems, the immanence of the divine in everyday life. It was directly inspired by a painting I saw in a gallery, a life-sized head of Jesus, with mirrors for the eyes.

Word Become Flesh

The Creative Force of the Universe
eats chicken enchiladas at Taco Bell,
drinks a well-pulled pint of Guinness at the pub,
walks our sidewalks, drives our cars.

(Divinity picks a pink Hummer.)

Showers, uses the toilet,
feels the urgency of our sins.
Nothing human is alien to God.

Today God puts on my face,
adjusts the white fright-wig of my hair,
velcro’s on the fat-suit of my body,
goes to the Mall.

I see God walking toward me
through Better Dresses in Filene’s.
“Who is that fat old lady?
She looks familiar.”

As we get closer,
God morphs into a mirror.
I recognize the Divine
in my eyes.

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Click here for a list of previous Poet Showcases

Last updated: September 4, 2008

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