PLYMOUTH — The Eagle Pond Author's Series at Plymouth State University will host April Bernard in a free reading at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 16 in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts. Poet John Ashbery said "April Bernard's voice is a voice of one crying in the wilderness, but the wilderness is our populated, all too familiar one, and her psalms are striped with modern despair, loving and knowing."
April Bernard is a teacher, a novelist, an essayist and most famously, a poet. She grew up in New England and was educated at Harvard, following which she moved to New York City to work in publishing. Her most recent collection of poetry is Romanticism, published in 2009.
Bernard has taught widely and was for many years a magazine and book editor in New York City. As Director of Creative Writing, she is a member of the English Department faculty at Skidmore College, and is also on the faculty of the Bennington MFA Writing Seminars. Her honors include a Guggenheim award, the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, a Whitney Humanities Fellowship at Yale University, a Sidney Harman Fellowship, and the Stover Prize. The Whitman Award judge said, "The wit here is corrosive, the ear faultless, the raised voice one to which we cannot but listen."
"I tend to allow my poems to generate their own form," Bernard told Reb Livingston of Post Road. "Once it's on the page I start to see a shape to it and I say organically this wants to be a poem in triplets or this wants to be a poem with really long lines. As I'm revising it I allow it to be the thing it seems to want to be. But it pretty much has to be generated from within. I would say that it's not very conscious, it's really much more an intuitive thing. Although I do actually write formal poems as exercises when I am stuck," she said.
She told Livingston, " ... a poem is capturing a moment of absolute intense emotion. ...It becomes a means of conveyance to hand the poem to somebody else because you can't just hurl the emotion at them. You have to give it to them in a form that is stable and that won't explode. It's like putting dynamite in a nice box and then you hand the box, which is the poem, to the other person and the other person has to unpack it. If you're lucky, they will enjoy the unwrapping. Part of the purposeful difficulty of the poem is to prolong the unwrapping process and to prolong the expectation."
Bernard has published three other poetry collections: Blackbird Bye Bye, Psalms, and Swan Electric. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, The Nation and Slate.
Free tickets for the Eagle Pond Authors Series are available at the Silver Center Box Office (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869, and are highly recommended. The series is presented with generous support from the Follett Higher Education Group (PSU Bookstore).
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:31
WEST LEBANON — Robert R. Sousa died at his home on February 26, 2014 after a brief illness. He was born on January 24, 1974. Rob was predeceased by his mother Brenda M. (Akerman) Sousa of Canaan, and his grandfather James Sousa of Canaan. He is survived by his father Ronald J. Sousa and his wife Gail Souse of Canaan, Rob's wife Michelle and her two children. He also leaves behind his daughter Skyler of Concord and his twin brother Randall Sousa of West Lebanon, Jennie Sousa of Canaan, his parental grandmother; his maternal grandfather Robert Akerman and his wife Brenda of Alexandria, many cousins, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews.
Rob grew up in Canaan, he graduated from Mascoma High School, class of 1993. He worked at Kleen Laundry and UniFirst. Rob loved NASCAR. He and his family enjoyed vacations in Florida and going to the races, Disney, Daytona Beach, and Sea World. He especially loved camping with his grandparents in Rumney and over at his mom's property in Alexandria. He also loved going to Springfield, Massachusetts to the Big E. He loved fishing and hunting and being outdoors. He, his mom and brother spent time at his grandparents' in Alexandria on the farm. He loved his dogs, Max and Daisy. Rob will be very missed by his friends and family.
Family and friends are invited to calling hours calling hours at the Ricker Funeral Home in Enfield, NH on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 12 to 3 p.m. A graveside committal service will be announced in the spring at Wells Cemetery in Canaan. Condolences may be expressed through an online guest book by visiting www.rickerfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education will be offering Beginner and Advanced Dog Obedience classes starting on Wednesday, March 12.
Classes will meet for eight (8) weeks in the Woodland Heights Elementary School Gym in Laconia. The Beginner Class will meet from 6-7 p.m. and the Advanced Class from 7-8 p.m., announced Peggy Selig, Program Director. The classes will be taught by John and Carolyn Bancroft.
No dog is too young, too small nor too old to enter the Beginner Dog Obedience Class. Your dog will learn to walk beside you on the leash without pulling, come when called, sit, lie down, stand, and stay where you command it to stay. Owners will also learn how to communicate with their pets.
The Advanced Dog Obedience Class is designed for those dogs who are ready to begin training off a leash, learning verbal and hand signals. Your dog will learn to interact with other dogs, but pay attention to your instructions. This class also prepares pet handlers and their dogs to enter the obedience trials and show rings.
All dogs must be current with Rabies and Distempter Shots. Documentation must be provided prior to registration. To register for the Dog Obedience classes call the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:45
MOULTONBOROUGH — Sandy Cleary, President of CruCon Cruise Outlet in Moultonborough, was presented with the 2014 Outstanding Women in Business Award from New Hampshire Business Review. The Outstanding Women In Business Award celebrates the achievements of six women across New Hampshire's business community with nominations detailing the candidate's excellent leadership, work ethic and passion for their various industries.
Cleary's leadership and goal-oriented focus has brought CruCon to a new level of Superior Customer Service and earned them a number of awards in 2013 for their achievements. Her nomination detailed her work on advocating for women in business, her enthusiasm for community involvement and her inspiration as a role model for future business men and women in New Hampshire.
In addition to the Outstanding Women in Business Award, Cleary was also presented with the C-Beyond Award, which is presented by Centrix Bank each year to an individual who portrays a strong belief in entrepreneurism, building strong partnerships within their business and community as well as a forward thinking mindset. "It's an honor to be recognized for the work that my team and I have accomplished. While we have received many national awards, receiving this award in our own backyard is just that much more meaningful." said Cleary.
CruCon Cruise Outlet is an award-winning travel agency that specializes in cruise travel. Since 1995, the CruCon Cruise Outlet team has provided a concierge level of service and complete travel booking assistance on all the major cruise lines. They are members of the National Association Cruise Oriented Agencies, Cruise Lines International Association and the American Society of Travel Agents.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 11:46
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