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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: Judy Platz, Newton

Judy PlatzJudy Platz’ poetry has appeared in the following anthologies: Paterson Literary Review, Wolf Moon Press, The Café Review, Long Shot, Changing Tides, The Bridgton News, Winter Magazine, Credences, Loom II, The Milkweed Chronicle, Shelly’s Press, Night House Anthology, Hambone, Anemone, Uroboros, Sojourner, The Poetry Society and Atlatl Press.  She has three chapbooks published: Viscerally, Tending the Dark and The Silence of Light.  Online Chapbook: Northern Appalachian: Old Souls and Wolf Tracks.

It’s the journey, the travelling we do: inside our bodies, our minds, or outside: anthropologically, archeologically,  metaphorically, archetypically.  

We find ourselves by immersion.  We are connected—earth, plant, rock, fish, bird, mammal.

The human spirit speaks -- splash the paint and be ready to defend your art.  Make the world better. 

Travelers --  for Murtis Taylor

                     Founder: Mount Pleasant Community Services Center, Cleveland, Ohio

Travelers know the journey is long between stations

Past elements form the slowly leaked knowledge—

An unexpected glance here or there from a stranger at a signal crossing

The walk of a man or woman beside you

As you step up into the daylight from the underground transit

Is it your mother’s walk?  Your father’s walk?

The walk of anyone you can remember? 


But the walk is familiar—almost as familiar as your own skin.

Or maybe in notes of a song,

A remembrance fills your eyes with tears, with the beauty of it

And you know, you know the song

Even though you have never heard it before.

These are your pot shards, pieces of your life now

That echo in the tug of centuries;

Cleaving to dream, to vague memory

And we don’t know why.

How new to us are our own four million years--

Homo sapiens habitation.

Do distinct, distant cultures reside in our bones, our blood?

And is this the luggage we sometimes dream, traveling between stations

One border crossing and another,

When to be drawn to sit in front of a painting for hours

Mesmerized, dreaming, looking, searching for what?

In the painting time collapses, the soul remembers

This, the smallest bone fragment of evidence that time does melt.

Transported as we are,

What ancient tug of reason do we know

At night watching logs disintegrate into vapor

Feeling ancient cave fire

While our passion burns on each minute

With face pressed to the glass

As the train pulls from station to station,

Not wasting, not wanting to miss any of it.

For more information about Judy Platz visit:



Click here for a list of previous Poet Showcases

Last updated: July 22, 2010

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