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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: Linda Dyer, Amherst

Linda DyerLinda Dyer writes both poetry and prose.  She graduated from the University of Michigan with a major in English and a minor in Art History, both of which are reflected in her work.  Relocation from Michigan to upstate New York, then Connecticut and finally New Hampshire has made its mark on her work as well.  Her entry into publication began with newspapers, both as a regular contributor to magazine supplements of Acorn Press and with work in the New York Times, Hartford Courant and Christian Science Monitor as well.  Her poetry has appeared in many literary journals, including Poet Lore, Slant, Birmingham Poetry Review, Soundings East, Entelechy International, The Aurorean, Common Ground Review and Bloodroot as well as in anthologies such as Heartbeat of New England, Tale Feathers and The Blueline Anthology.  Her work has also appeared online in journals such as Brevity and Poet’s Canvas.  She is currently a poetry editor for Amoskeag, the literary journal of Southern New Hampshire University.

Provenance of the following poem:  Like most people reading a newspaper, I zero in on what interests me and skip the rest.  Articles on art always catch my eye.   In this case I happened on a profile about an artist from Thailand in the New York Times.  In reading about her, it occurred to me that her approach to art is one that all those involved in the creative arts should emulate.


Sao took up painting after she was pink-slipped

by the Thai timber company.  Her time

no longer spent in hauling logs through forests,

she wiles away her days with brush

and canvas, slapping languid strokes of russet

across the taut stretched fabric, mixing in

a gentle curve or two of olive green

with now and then a splash of citron.

It matters not to her that her counterpart

in Phoenix pulls in a hundred grand a year

for her abstract expressions.  Sao merely does

what she does and what she feels. 

Let others detect the influence of her island youth

on Phuket, the style of her brushstrokes

so much like Gauguin.  She is too thick-skinned

to be troubled by the critics.

She just paints and paints, unmindful

of the high-toned art historian’s proclamation

that her art exhibits a maturity and depth unrivaled

by any of the other elephants who paint.

Originally published in Birmingham Poetry Review                                              

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Last updated: May 12, 2010

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