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New Hampshire Poet Showcase
From NH Poet Laureate, Walter E. Butts

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 continue to showcase poems by a number of New Hampshire Poets. The poets will be by my invitation only, but I plan to include those who are seriously working at their craft from many areas of the state.

Featured Poet: Marnie Cobbs, Eaton

Marnie CobbsMarnie works as a bookbinder, conserving rare books and whatever else comes her way, like 3rd generation cookbooks. She has always written poems and likes to paint as well, and started The Uphill House in 1998 to create her own books and cards.

A few summers ago, my father took a fall triggering depression, and within a few weeks there was only an empty shell where his humor and energy had been. The year before, we had had a banner year of berries out behind the barn, and he had come out often to check on me as I gleefully picked and picked. We’ve got him back again now, though I don’t think he’d be interested in reading this poem with its dark tone.
for my father during his depression

There are no blackberries there at all
behind the barn, thick with the brambles,
the leaping canes, the attentive thorn.
And after last year’s abundance,
quart after quart, hours spent reaching in,
nudging, tipping, rolling them into your hand.
And none up the road, though
along the grassy trail by the lake
there were some, weeks ago – I picked a heaping
handful, carried them out in the front of my shirt.
Some years are like that.
Nothing where something used to be.

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Last updated: September 11, 2009

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