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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: Susanne Dubroff, Hanover

Susanne DubroffSusanne's poems and translations of poems have been published widely in the U.S. for some time: Hampden-Sydney Review, Harvard Review, Poetry Magazine, Paris Review, etc.--and in French translation in France and Belgium. In 1981 she published A Flower on a Volcano, Ten Translations of Gustavo Adolpho Bécquer, in 1994, You and I, 2004, Poems of Susanne Dubroff. This Smoke That Carried Us: Selected Translations (bilingual) of Poems of René Char and 2008 The One Remaining Star, Poems by Susanne Dubroff.  She was a practicing professional social worker for many years and since then has taught classes in appreciation of various poets. She has always given poetry readings and enjoys doing that.

"I happened to write this poem immediately after attending a large country auction and feeling rather anxious and preoccupied with the friend who brought me and with whom I had a problematic relationship.  When I saw the framed photograph of the young bride set down among a display of other items, I believe the poem came to me because of the combination of the effect of the poignant photograph and my own complex emotions."

Country Auction

You would not think
that among all these
rainsoaked townspeople
and the worn down
possessions, placid, valueless,
wedding pictures would be auctioned off,
bid on for their frames.
But the face of the bespectacled,
terrified nineteen-twenties bride
might have been the face that foresaw
they would come,
rainsoaked, and stay all night
till she was sold.


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Last updated: July 30, 2012

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