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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: Sidney Hall Jr., Brookline

Sidney Hall Jr.Sidney Hall, Jr. is the owner of Hobblebush Books, and he specializes in fine book design and production for Hobblebush and for other publishers. He is the editor of the Hobblebush Granite State Poetry Series. His poems have appeared in many literary journals, in the Los Angeles Times Book Review, on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac and in poetry anthologies. He is the author of three books of poems, What We Will Give Each Other, Chebeague, and Fumbling in the Light, and a book of memoirs, Small Town Tales, a collection of his newspaper columns.

When I first heard the music of Arvo Pärt, I was stunned by what I was listening to and I wanted to write something that not only expressed how I felt, but that also echoed in some way the music itself. Arvo Pärt is an Estonian composer who has given sacred music a new twist. His music is full of mystic intensity and eerie repetition. 

On the Music of Arvo Pärt

There is a weird, luxurious music coming
from beyond the cliff where the mermaids sing.
What will this cowled monk say to me?

He will approach like a ghost and say
that another river is changing my life,
that another wind is changing my soul.

What will this clanging nun tell me
from beyond the cliff where the mermaids sing?
She will touch my wound with her lips.

With her lips she will touch my wound.
Another river is changing my life.
Another wind is changing my soul.


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Last updated: April 14, 2011

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