NH Poet Laureate, Alice B. Fogel


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April is National Poetry Month, and Derry Public Library is honored to celebrate by offering the current New Hampshire State Poet Laureate, Alice B. Fogel, in her presentation “Strange Terrain: How Not to “Get” Poetry and Let it Get You Instead”.

The program is Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 6:30 in the evening.

In this talk, Alice Fogel takes you through seven simple steps, and one hard one, toward understanding and appreciating more elements of poetry than you ever thought you could. In the end you’ll see that you already knew them all along. This workshop is your quick, self-help program for “getting” poems. Fogel helps you develop your own confident relationship with poetry’s shapes, words, images, sounds, emotions, mysteries, and more.

This is the perfect program for everyone who feels a bit guilty when they admit that they “don’t understand poetry”. One of Fogel’s missions as poet laureate is to “help other people overcome their ‘trauma by poetry.’” Don’t be intimidated by poetry, which, she asserts, “slows us down, and helps us reflect on our lives.” Poetry is “not just self-expression. It’s more than what you would write in your diary or say to your best friend over tea. It’s an art.”

Alice Fogel has an M.A. in English from the University of New Hampshire where she specialized in poetry and where she taught writing for many years. Her books of poetry are  Elemental, I Love this Dark World, and Be That Empty. She is the recipient of an NEA Individual Artist Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry and other journals and anthologies.

This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, and is free and open to all. Come to Derry Public Library, Wednesday, April 9 at 6:30 pm for a refresher in learning to love language! For more information, call 432-6140.


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