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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: Patrice Pinette, Wilton

Patirce PinettePatrice lives in Wilton.  She teaches at High Mowing School, a Waldorf High School, and serves as Faculty Chair.  Her classes include creative writing, drama, mythology and eurythmy, an art of movement that makes visible the dance inherent in the sounds of language. She also leads adult workshops and gives poetry readings at summer RENEWAL sessions sponsored by Center for Anthroposophy. Publications include anthologies-Images From Ruin,New Hampshire Poetry Society, Mischief, Caprice and Other Poetic Strategies, Red Hen Press, several journals, U.S. Catholic magazine, a chapbook called Architects of Madness, and broadsides in collaboration with artist, Susan Q. Brown.Patrice's immediate family includes her husband, two children and three cats.  She can be reached at

The poem Here arose from someone else's story.  Although I had been to Scotland, it was hearing another speak of the profound silence and stillness there in the stark and beautiful Highlands that prompted not only a memory, but an awareness of a corresponding inner landscape-equally still, and always present.


do you know nothingness
                            this is where I find it
          among miles of heather
                         purple  red  orange  burnt orange
   stretching over the highlands in Scotland
                 and there  in the peace of no bird
             no rustling thing            no silent deer             all alone
                 I ask God to speak to me
and in the silence
              what does He say

do you know nothingness
             that is the most powerful
          the miles of heather all around     no bird no
       sound         even the silent deer are       nowhere
                   and I say God          can you speak to me
     then of course I listen with might
                        and expectation empties

when no other voice says

                         I am here


Click here for a list of previous Poet Showcases

Last updated: November 17, 2008

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