4/21/21

NH Poetry: Desire Lines

Kyle Potvin recommends Desire Lines by Marie Harris (Hobblebush Books, 2019)
Marie Harris’ Desire Lines is part elegy, part lesson in resilience. Every word, every metaphor, is just right. There is much to love: the sea, the birds, the craft, the emotional truths. Buckle up while reading the long, suspenseful sequence, “Bruised Hearts,” about a terrifying accident. In “Dear Mrs. Dewing,” a young Marie Harris writes, as suggested by her great aunt, to a person she admires and she selects artist Maria Oakey Dewing: “Also, Great-Aunt Helen said that artists like you are very, very interested in Beauty with a capital ‘B.’ Me too.” Clearly, former NH Poet Laureate, accomplished poet, Marie Harris is too. I’ve read Desire Lines several times and keep going back.
Kyle Potvin lives in Derry, NH. Her debut full-length poetry collection Loosen was released by Hobblebush Books in January 2021.


This post is part of our celebration of National Poetry Month 2021 for which I asked New Hampshire poets 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.

4/20/21

NH Poetry: Interval

Eric Pinder recommends Interval: Poems Based on Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” by Alice B. Fogel (Schaffner Press, 2015)

Poetry often has a musical quality, and this lyrical book by recent New Hampshire poet laureate Alice B. Fogel delivers a symphony of sound and structure. Inspired by the patterns and melodies of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations, these 32 poems will delight the reader’s ear with consonance, anapests, asyndeton, and other auditory flourishes, while exploring thought-provoking themes about life and nature, with its mix of beauty and sorrow. Poem titles include “Snapping turtle” (a personal favorite), “Artist,” “Like waking,” ”Dying man,” “Teatime,” “Transplanted heart” and more. The author’s introduction also provides a fascinating look at the creative process and how this book came to be.

Eric Pinder is the author of If All the Animals Came Inside, Cat in the Clouds, and The Perfect Pillow, which received the 2019 New Hampshire Literary Award for Outstanding Work of Children’s Literature. His poetry has appeared in COVID Spring: Granite State Pandemic Poems and other journals and anthologies. He taught creative writing for many years at NHIA and the late Chester College of New England, and currently lives In Berlin, New Hampshire.

This post is part of our celebration of National Poetry Month 2021 for which I asked New Hampshire poets 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.

4/19/21

Book of the Week (4/19/2021)

Wicked New Hampshire by Renee Mallett (Cheltenham, U.K.: The History Press, 2020).

New Hampshire author Renee Mallett brings us scandalous and dreadful stories from the Granite State in her new book, "Wicked New Hampshire".  

"Behind New Hampshire's scenic landscape lies some very dark history, ranging from horrible hangings to scandalous socialites. The Fireman's Riot of 1869 resulted in most of Manchester burning to the ground. New England's largest rumrunning gang was finally prosecuted due to an overdue library book. Madame Sherri so scandalized the Chesterfield area at the turn of the century that she now has a state park named after her. Author Renee Mallett reveals the surprising and sometimes shocking history from the Seacoast to the Great North Woods." --Publisher's blurb

4/18/21

NH Writers' Project Seeking Nominations

Submissions for the NH Literary Awards Now Open

Manchester, NH, April 12, 2021 — The New Hampshire Writers’ Project (NHWP) is currently accepting submissions for the Biennial New Hampshire Literary Awards. Submissions are being accepted until 5:00 p.m. on June 21, 2021.

The NH Literary Awards recognize published works written about New Hampshire as well as works written by New Hampshire natives or residents. Books may be nominated in the following categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s picture books, middle grade/young adult books. All entries will be read and evaluated by a panel of judges assembled by the NHWP. The judges are teachers, librarians and readers from the state of New Hampshire and are independent of NHWP.

Concurrently, there will be a second opportunity for recognition through the Readers’ Choice Awards. For the Reader’s Choice Awards, beginning in late August, anyone will be able to cast one vote online for their favorite nominee in each category. To be eligible, books must have been published between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020.

Visit https://nhwritersproject.org/new-hampshire-literary-awards/ for more information about the submission process. The winners will be announced at an event in the fall of 2021. It is not yet determined if the awards ceremony will be in person or a virtual event.

Founded in 1988, the New Hampshire Writers’ Project (NHWP) is the state’s largest literary arts nonprofit organization. The NHWP fosters and celebrates New Hampshire writers and provides a supportive community to writers of all ages, experience levels, backgrounds and genres. NHWP core programs, publications, website and annual 603 Writers’ Conference provide writers and readers with opportunities to meet each other, network and learn more about the art of writing and the business of publishing.

 

NH Poetry: Day After Day in Quarantine

Veronika Sokol recommends Day After Day in Quarantine, a poetry collection by numerous authors regarding the COVID pandemic and compiled by the Peterborough Poetry Project.

This book is filled with the voices of so many poets from all over the country, each bringing a new perspective to the pandemic and each coming together to develop a beautifully moving compilation.

Veronika Sokol is the current New Hampshire Teen Poet Laureate Ambassador and has been writing poetry from a very young age. She is in the process of publishing her first poetry book, Cry Me A River, with the Peterborough Poetry project.

This post is part of our celebration of National Poetry Month 2021 for which I asked New Hampshire poets 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.