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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: Martha Deborah Hall, Amherst

Martha Deborah HallMartha Deborah Hall’s poems appear in numerous national journals. She is the winner of the State of Alabama’s 2005 John and Mirium Morris Chapbook contest for her Abandoned Gardens.  Hall was a semi-finalist in the 2007 Concrete Wolf Chapbook Contest. Plain View Press published her book Two Grains in Time in 2009 and her book My Side of the Street (Plain View Press) is forthcoming. She is a past president of the Amherst Junior Women’s Club. Hall Holds degrees from Ohio Wesleyan and Columbia University and is currently a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker in Amherst, New Hampshire.

The following poem came to be written as part of Hall’s recent book “Two Grains in Time” published by Plain View Press in April of 2009. The book is dedicated to Hall’s identical twin sister, Kappy, who predeceased her back in 2002. Hall’s second book, also published by Plain View Press, will be forthcoming in the next several weeks.  The following poem takes place in a small Connecticut town, Seymour, back in the early forties.


Once he’s planed and varnished the swing seat, set galvanized bolts into the apple tree, strung ropes with grips that won’t burn fingers, Dad declares it ready.

I learn the art of pumping. 

Learn to fly

above the roof of the barn that lodges my horse and some bantam chickens;

above my grandmother hanging pillowcases on the clothesline;

above cornstalks drying in the autumn fields;

above the robins;

even above the wind.

Inside the house, mother plays Chopin, Dad drinks black coffee and puffs on a cigar.  Knots under the sides of the cherry plank seat continue to hold as I make a safe landing.

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Last updated: September 24, 2009

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