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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: Marie Harris, Barrington

Marie HarrisMarie Harris was NH Poet Laureate from 1999-2004. She co-produced the first-ever gathering of state poets laureate. She is the author of 4 books of poetry, including the prose poem memoir, YOUR SUN, MANNY (new, updated edition, 2010, White Pine Press). Her children's books include G is for GRANITE & PRIMARY NUMBERS (Sleeping Bear Press) and THE GIRL WHO HEARD COLORS (forthcoming from Penguin). She is writing a story for young readers on the life of American composer Amy Beach.

I started this poem in my groggy, 2:30 a.m. head as I watched the first half of the 2010 Solstice Eclipse from my bedroom window (the second half was completely obscured by clouds so I can't reliably report that the moon actually reappeared!). I hadn't written haiku in years, but had begun again recently when it occurred to me that Twitter was the ideal venue for this form: the haiku tweet (BTW, most of my poem tweets have birds as their inspiration).

Last night's palimpsest
Moon sponged by shadow and cloud
Gradually erased

For more information about Marie Harris visit:
Twitter: MarieHarris1943



Click here for a list of previous Poet Showcases

Last updated: May 17, 2011

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