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A Spring Evening of Poetry & Song

From Apr 23, 2023 to Apr 23, 2023
Play by Portsmouth Poet Laureates

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New Hampshire Theatre Project Salutes Portsmouth 400 with

Three Portsmouth Poet Laureates celebrating their latest books: 

John Perrault (2003-2005)—Season of Shagginess

    Mimi White (2005-2007)—The Arc Remains 

Mark DeCarteret (2009-2011)—lesser case

With special guests Barbara London (flute) and Mike Rogers (harmonica)

Tickets are free, but seating is limited.


John Perrault is the author of Jefferson’s Dream, Here Comes the Old Man Now, The Ballad of Louis Wagner, Season of Shagginess, and nine albums of original ballads and songs.  He was co-recipient of the Rosalie Boyle/Norma Farber Award from New England Poetry Club in 2008 and nominated for a Pushcart in 2016 by Mobius: The Journal of Social Change.  His work has appeared in Comstock Review, Commonweal, Orbis (UK), Poet Lore, Blue Unicorn and elsewhere.  John served as Portsmouth, poet laureate 2003-2005.  

Mimi White is the author of five poetry books including the chapbook, The Singed Horizon, which won the Philbrick Poetry Award selected by Robert Creeley.  The Last Island was the recipient of The Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Poetry.  She recently invented the "nonagon", a nine line poetry form that directly mines happiness, Mimi's rebuttal to the difficult Covid years. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, FIELD, The Seattle Review, and elsewhere.  Mimi served as Portsmouth Poet Laureate 2005-2007.

Mark DeCarteret has appeared next to Charles Bukowski in a lo-fi fold out, Pope John Paul II in a high-test collection of Catholic poetry, Billy Collins in an Italian fashion coffee table book, and Mary Oliver in a 3785 page pirated lit-trap.  He has had recent work published in Constellations, Otoliths, Moss Trill, The Writing Disorder, and The American Poetry Review.  Mark served as Portsmouth Poet Laureate 2009-2011.

Mike Rogers is a virtuoso harmonica player, harp teacher, studio musician, and founding member of the folk group Salt River.  Mike has shared the stage with numerous musical giants, including Tom Rush, Emmy Lou Harris, the Eagles, Jonathan Edwards, and John Hammond. His first poetry collection, You Should’ve Seen Just What I Heard, was recently published.  

Barbara London is a musician, composer, artist, writer, and educator. Her long career in the arts includes leading her own jazz groups (on flute, piano, vocals), exhibiting her watercolor paintings, composing, recording, and teaching at Berklee College of Music where she became first female chair in 1994.  Barbara is the recipient of three NEA jazz performance grants.

In Praise of...

Mark DeCarteret’s lesser case:

Mark DeCarteret’s imagination is a cosmos. For years, I have delighted in exploring the
enormity of it. Here, he reveals its deeper axioms, and shows us how to comprehend its
immensity through the measured, concentrated, stillness of wisdom. This is a master poet
at the height of his creative power.

—William Varner, author of Leaving Erebus

On Mimi White’s The Arc Remains:

The poems in The Arc Remains articulate the specific, bewildering pain of a love that outlives the
beloved. In these poems, imagination and experience meet in an almost dream-like space, where
“Memory is a music box, / a little coffin / filled with song,” and persistence is a moral necessity.
Mimi White makes something enduring out of what cannot last; by turns meditative and spare,
understated and aching, this book is a cool, lucent object, forged in the furnace of grief.

—Maggie Dietz, author of That Kind of Happy

On John Perrault’s Season of Shagginess:

Thoroughly felt and beautifully observed, John Perrault’s poems trace the crucial motions time
puts us through. The context is earthy and earthly, that haunting contrast between the sturdily
transient and the seemingly perennial. The words have an inhabited depth that comes with age—
the awareness of that long tail we call “the past,” how tangible it is, how intangible. Meanwhile,
as the poet wisely puts it, “today’s a gift.”

—Baron Wormser, author of Unidentified Sighing Objects

*It is a little known secret that New Hampshire Theatre Project was the fiscal agent for the Portsmouth Poet Laureate program when it first began in 1997!"


Barbara London

John Perrault

Mark DeCarteret

Mike Rogers

Mimi White

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