#Poetry Publication: “New Hampshire Comfort”

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript:
Review of On and Off the Road: Poems of New Hampshire

I am very pleased to share that my poem “New Hampshire Comfort” has been published in On and Off the Road: Poems of New Hampshire, an anthology of the Peterborough Poetry Project. I was thrilled when a review came out in a local newspaper that singled out my poem (hence, the newspaper photo). I’ve included a PDF of the review if you would like to read it.

The founder of the Peterborough Poetry Project, Bill Chatfield, has been very active in promoting literacy through poetry in our state: About the Peterborough Poetry Project. It’s exciting and gratifying to be a part of it!

165 thoughts on “#Poetry Publication: “New Hampshire Comfort”

  1. Congratulations, Liz, on your poem being mentioned in the newspaper review! Beautiful poem, beautifully recited by you. It evoked for me a small graveyard I stumbled upon while cycling on a bike trail in Cape Cod in your New England region.

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  2. Oh how wonderful, Liz! I loved your poem and enjoyed the video.
    I’ve seen small graveyards like these in parts of NJ and PA, too–though I’m always in the car and can’t explore them. But I do like to wander through graveyards when I can, and when I do, I read the names and think about who these people were.

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the poem and the video, Merril! The prettiest graveyard I’ve walked through is Mount Auburn in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where my grandparents are buried. It was designed as a garden cemetary.

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      1. I’ve been there, Liz! I wish I had known your grandparents were buried there when we were there. Yes, it’s beautiful. My older daughter used to go there often when she lived in Cambridge (they live in western MA now). Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia is similar nineteenth-century park-like area. Not as beautiful as Mount Auburn, but you can still imagine people escaping the city, going there for a Sunday walk and picnic.

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  3. Congrats, Liz. What an honor to have your poem singled out! And it was wonderful to hear you read the poem. Beautiful photos too. My husband leaned over to listen and said, “We should move back to New England.” Lol. You have a fan. 😀

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  4. Your poem is wonderful, Liz… So enjoyed your reading. Congratulations! I’m heading over to check out the Peterborough Poetry Project. Using poetry as a foundation for literacy in the classroom is what I continue to attempt to do on my blog. Again, love your poem!

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  5. Profoundly beautiful and beautifully profound; truly touching and lovely. Well-deserved honor. You continue to enrich my narrow reading world. Thank you.

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  6. Congratulations, Liz! A profound longing comes through your words – that of belonging, of validation, of remembering, of celebration. Your video was brilliant and your choice of photography and placement of photos with your words and ideas gave life and emotional vibrancy to your message. I was there with you, meandering through the stillness of the day. And then you brought us back to our time with the strip malls and street scenes. I LOVED it!

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  7. Beautiful, Liz. I too especially appreciated your last line. Packing a punch or lasting impression with the final phrase of a poem is a powerful technique. Your use of refrain is a wonderful and time honored poetic device I hadn’t noticed missing in much modern poetry until this poem! Hmmm, I may have to try that myself. Thank you always for writing and sharing your sensibilities with us.

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  8. This is just wonderful Liz. Good to hear your voice. Congrats on the review. What I love about the poem is that as the reader, I wonder what comfort there can be in gravestones and ruins, and then you tie it up so effectively in the closing, and it all makes sense – perception transformed.

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  9. Congratulations, Liz! Your poem hit deep with me, as there are many old graveyards around here. It’s true what you say, there are times where I’ll go in and read the time worn etchings to see the names and wonder who these people were. Well done!

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  10. Many congratulations on the publication and the review Liz. I enjoyed listening to you reading it – it has a lovely, calming rhythm that is appropriate for the comfort described. I always find comfort in those old graves too.

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  11. Congratulations Liz. I love the presentation of the poem with images. What a lovely place and what a poignant poem, reassuring us that we may gain a little bit of immortality, if only through the inscription on our gravestone. Happy Halloween!

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