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Marie Harris joins us as our visiting poet for Poetry Month! Please email director@newburynhlibrary.net to get a link to this event!

Marie Harris, NH Poet Laureate 1999-2004, is a writer, teacher, and editor. In 2003, she co-produced the first-ever gathering of state poets laureate. She has served as writer-in-residence at elementary and secondary schools throughout New England and is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is DESIRE LINES, the latest volume in the Hobblebush Books Granite State Poetry Series. Her books for children include G is for GRANITE: A New Hampshire Alphabet,  PRIMARY NUMBERS: A New Hampshire Number Book, and a picture book, THE GIRL WHO HEARD COLORS.



Like birds perched briefly on trees, the poems in Desire Lines balance stillness and movement, arrival and departure.  This is a book of journeying able to hold apparent contradictions… The speaker is a careful observer of nature, yet her descriptions are rooted in human activity. …Tender and wrenching, the long sequence, ”Bruised Hearts,” powerfully details a son’s recovery from a near fatal accident and moves between poems responding to her son’s suffering and letters written to herself as a young mother filled with the guilt and recriminations every mother suffers. Likewise, the delicate, restrained poems of the title section, “Desire Lines,” reveal the way a long lasting love comforts while simultaneously rendering us vulnerable to its loss. …Understated and courageous, these are poems to sustain us.


(DESIRE LINES blurb: Kathleen Aguero, After That)