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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: Don Kimball, Concord

Don KimballDon Kimball is the author of two chapbooks, Journal of a Flatlander (Finishing Line Press 2009) and Skipping Stones (Pudding House Publications 2008). His poetry has appeared in The Formalist, The Lyric, The Blue Unicorn, and various other journals and anthologies. In 2007, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize; in 2009, he was nominated for the Pen New England Literary Award; and he has won two first prizes and a second prize in national contests sponsored by the Poetry Society of New Hampshire. Don currently hosts the monthly poetry reading series at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, NH.

Interestingly enough, I was reading a rather serious book – Guns, Germs, and Steel – when I started doodling in the margins and came up with many of the lines for “Elephant’s Trunk”. I had such fun revising this poem, often reading it out loud, laughing, as I heard the sounds the words made – it reminded me that, years ago, I used to enjoy reading poems and stories to my daughter and now she reads to our granddaughter. It seems a fitting tribute.
                                           Elephant’s Trunk
                                                                           for my daughter and granddaughter
                                           One mammoth snout,
                                           plunked between a whopping pair of tusks,
                                           limber as a shower hose,                                           
                                           yet stout enough to uproot trees and stack
                                           lumber; dainty enough to curl its dactyls
                                           around a school-  
                                           girl’s pencil, to draw
                                           sticklike figures, with ease, on legal
                                           pads. Yet bad
                                           enough, if displeased,
                                           to squeeze
                                           the squash out of a bratty    
                                           boy or girl, or by
                                           sneezing, cause,
                                           with elephantine schnozzle,
                                           a blast, the cuss
                                           loud enough to trumpet
                                           an intergalactic cataclysm –
                                           a tusker’s typhoonery
                                           heard clear back to its trunk- 
                                           less, not-so-elegant 
                                           hyraxic ancestors. 





Click here for a list of previous Poet Showcases

Last updated: March 30, 2011

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