Tammi Truax, the Poet Laureate for Portsmouth, N.H., isn’t spending her year quite as she expected. She’d planned multiple projects around the theme “Poetry as a Bridge,” including using poetry to build a meaningful relationship between the residents of Portsmouth and those of its sister city Nichinan, Japan. Covid-19 forced her to cancel her trip to Japan, and instead she has been composing poems to go into the city’s weekly Covid-19 newsletter. “I think she’s absolutely brilliant,” said Valerie Rochon, who leads the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce. “I look forward on Monday mornings to getting my week started with the wisdom and beauty she shares. A sample of Truax’s work: “The bramble extends / a thorny cane offering / perfect raspberries / while everywhere else I look / an imperfect world festers.”

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