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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: Julia Older, Monadnock Region

Julia Older vasePoet, essayist and novelist Julia Older has lived in France, Italy, Mexico and Brazil and is the recipient of numerous literary honors. Four of her eleven poetry books are booklength poems, including the mythical journey of HERMAPHRODITUS IN AMERICA and TAHIRIH UNVEILED, based on the life of Persia's first women's rights activist. Excerpts from Older's "New Hi Def Literary Dictionary" for writers (product providers) appears in Entelechy International (#7).

ABOUT THE POEM: The François Vase, wearing Homer's Iliad, told me the 25-century story of how she was smashed twice and restored with a piece missing. The third time worked like a charm—and at last she was whole.

Seduced by her voice, I trance-scripted the TALES.   Equally obsessed, for a year Director/Producer Kevin Gardner recorded actors, students, and singers in kitchens, studios, living rooms. Our play premiered over NH Public Radio and was chosen by The Radio Works for national syndicated broadcast.

A decade later, similarly enchanted, Publisher-editor Sid Hall, Jr., with co-editor Rodger Martin chose TALES OF THE  FRANÇOIS VASE for their Hobblebush Books Granite State Poetry Series.  In addition to the Illustrated Poem and Backstory (translated from Italian) the book includes a CD of the radio play. Some people like reading poetry, others listening.  Now they can do both.


Here at my center

so cool and soundless

none can enter

but the light which is boundless.

It streams inside as into a well

and helps me decide

what stories to tell.



For more information about Julia Older's books visit:



Click here for a list of previous Poet Showcases

Last updated: July 10, 2012

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