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March 27, 2014

Library hosts poet laureate

DERRY — April is National Poetry Month and Derry Public Library will celebrate by hosting 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, at 6:30 in the evening.

In this talk, Fogel takes the audience through seven simple steps, and one hard one, toward understanding and appreciating more elements of poetry. In the end, participants will see that they already knew them all along.

This workshop is a quick, self-help program for “getting” poems. Fogel helps people develop a 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.”

Fogel has a master’s degree 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.

For more information, call 432-6140.

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