||While these poets write in a different
style and on a broad range of subjects, each of them touches on many of
the central concerns and themes of contemporary poetry: the power of language
to transform the world; the ways in which chance encounters can produce
profound insights; the need of establish an authentic self in a culture
that is alien to poetry; and the power of the spiritual life to transform
the world. The works of these poets is humanistic in the deepest sense.
In dealing with the substance and perplexities of their own every day lives,
these poets can help to illuminate the lives of others. They offer New
Hampshire readers a wealth of insights into both the making of fine poems
and the riches of the examined life.
Philip Booth, Selves
Marle Howe, The Good Thief
Tom Sleigh, Waking
Mekeel McBride, Wind of the White Dresses
This reading list was developed through the Book Discussion Programs,
a collaborative project of the New Hampshire
Humanities Council and the New
Hampshire State Library.