"Beauty is not caused.  It is." ~ Emily Dickinson
Poems  from  the  Hoot           
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Dear Readers,

These are selections from the monthly poetry series, "Poems from the Hoot."

We will be selecting from poems read at the Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program’s monthly Poetry Hoot night for publication in this space and adding a few thoughts of our own, (from PPLP members Lesley Kimball and Harvey Shepard) These articles are taken from Spotlight Magazine, published every Thursday in the Portsmouth Herald.

To have a your work considered for review, poem must be read at The Poetry Hoot and submitted to us ~ Please limit your piece to a maximum of 19 lines/15 words per line.

Keep writing - one and all,
    Harvey and Lesley

Read Poems and Reflections:


Tango With Me — by Lucy Therrien

Losses — by Nancy Donovan

Figure in Front of a Mantel — by Jane Vacante

For Grace, My Granite Girl — by Tammi Truax

Musings at the new year — by Fred Samuels

Be the Dog — by Jane Eslinger

Berkeley's Trees — by Lindsay Rigg Brown

Silent Siren — by Meghan Harford

Trouble with the Moon — by Bill Burtis

Temptress - by Midge Goldberg

White Morning - by Cleopatra Mathis

On a Friday Evening - by Carrie Reed

The Little Boy - by Hugh Harter

The Secrets of Wine - by Matthew Gallant

Kitchen Remodeling - by Robert Crawford

The Core of the Navel Crux - by Maggie Kemp

Geography Master - by Gerald Duffy

Swim on a Star -  by Hugh Hennedy

Tell me what I don't know for sure - by Rhonda Palmer

Formica Makes a Passive Witness - by Todd Abernathy

Interior - by Margaret Morrill

- by Mark Decarteret

Author's Prayer - by Ilya Kaminsky

The Lilac Thief - by Young Dawkins

Down to This: A Song about the Rain - by Kathi Hennessy

Also see these 2003 - 2005 hoot poems heard & reviewed by John Perrault:

Cyprus is Calling - by Alda Irons

The Making of Angels - by Jennifer Belkus

Junior Scientist -  by John-Michael Albert

Let Me Weep This Time - by Trina Daigle

A Snowstorm - by Robert Dunn

Walkers - by Neil English

F-14 Dithyramb - by Joy Starr

Rainy Nights - by Jean Pedrick

Black Lace - by Katherine Solomon

Restless, Oh Restless - by Charles W. Pratt

Necrophilia II - by the late, great Joann Lipshires

Medusa's Sisters - by Patricia Frisella

The Canvas of War,
Vancouver Art Gallery
- by Leslie Kimball

Eudora - by Matt Jasper

Bill - by Pat Parnell

The Oudayas Gardens, Afternoon - by Hugh A. Harter

Morning Prayer - by Marshall Moore

Vocabulary - by Lynn-Marie Gildersleeve

The Slow Taste of Eden - by Andrew Periale 

Doing Time  - by Betsy Scholl  
Chill It - by the late, great Esther Buffler


All are invited to attend The Poetry Hoot, held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7p.m. at Café Espresso in Plaza 800 on Islington Street. Get Directions.