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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: Hope Jordan, Canterbury

Hope JordanHope Jordan's poems have been published in such journals as Many Mountains Moving and Green Mountains Review; and her fiction appeared in the anthology Scream When You Burn. A trustee of the NH Writers Project, she has attended the Chenango Valley Writers Conference at Colgate University and is a long-time member of the Yogurt Poets, a writing group based in Concord, NH. Jordan has a dual degree in English and Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University, and is completing her masters degree in teaching writing at Plymouth State University. She was the first official poetry slam master in New Hampshire, and coached the inaugural NH Poetry Slam Team in 2007.

Of her featured poem, Hope writes:

I moved to New Hampshire twenty years ago and have been in love with it ever since. I'm lucky enough to live within a short walk to the Merrimack River; that's where I go when I need to decompress. I write a lot about the land here and I used to write a lot of free verse; it wasn't until about five years ago at a conference that I became reacquainted with writing in form. I try to let the poem tell me what kind of form it wants to be in. This poem came from an exercise I did for a graduate level poetry class at Plymouth State, with Liz Ahl. 


River pushes up
sky sinks down

Slow, the drift
the buoyant sprawl

Root, mud and rock
the current shifts

An early star
gleams in the treeline

Peace, the cliff swallows
speak with their wings.


Click here for a list of previous Poet Showcases

Last updated: October 20, 2008

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