"John-Michael Albert, Portsmouth's current Poet-Laureate, has gathered poems that are tender and terrible, hysterically funny and achingly poignant. They explore the texture of his life and many individual poems are dedicated to particular friends, and they illuminate the experience of being a gay man at this turning decade of the century with all the losses of the AIDS epidemic and the hopes of new possibilities for acceptance. There is a universality in the volume, however, which lets every reader find a memory or a dream."--Maren C. Tirabassi
Maren C. Tirabassi is a former Poet Laureate of Portsmouth and Pastor of Union Church in Madbury, UCC. Her most recent book is Gifts in Open Hands, Pilgrim Press, 2011, and she has a recent chapbook "My Son Visits to Wash the Dog," March 2012.
This post is part of our celebration of National Poetry Month 2012 for which I asked New Hampshire poets and booksellers to recommend books of poetry by Granite State poets. These titles are generally available from local booksellers and may be held in public libraries as well.