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The Unhappy Sufferers of Portsmouth Print Email
Written by Anonymous   



Downtown Portsmouth burned three times in the early 19th century. This anonymous poem appeared in the NH Gazette in 1813, after the third comflagration. New laws then forced builders to use brick, not wood, and the Market Square of today was born out of the ashes of the formely wooden city.



Saint Aspenquid Print Email
Written by John Albee   



A rare poem dedicated to a Seacoast Native American, who unfortunately, never existed. But the legend is worth attention since it’s origins are unknown. The origins of the fictional "Aspinquid" legend on Mount Agamenticus remains a local mystery.



The Coming War Print Email
Written by Sam Wlater Foss   



Humorist Sam Foss attended Portsmouth High School. That means we can dig out one of his classics whenever we see some connection to current events in the 21st century. Here the Yankee poet worries that a distant war might lead to a closer war. In his case, it turned out to be World War I.



Take Heart Print Email
Written by Edna Dean Proctor   

Take Heart


Your side lost the election. The weather is getting cold. The wind is high. The flowers are gone and winter is heading your way with a vengeance. To those New Englanders hunkering down, we offer some comfort by NH poet Edna Dean Proctor. It’s always darkest before the dawn, and there’s always Heaven.



Last Verses of Esther Buffler Print Email
Written by Esther Buffler   

Esther Buffler


She was the unflappable queen of Portsmouth poetry, the city's first poet laureate and she worte poems un her 90s until the very day of her death. Here are four of the last two dozen verses by Esther Buffler from her book IT'S ALL AHEAD published posthumously by Phinease Press.



Luck and Mr. Fields Print Email
Written by James T. Fields   

Lucky Horseshoe

Another Portsmouth boy makes good. James T. Fields (1817-1881) had a pretty lucky life. His publishing company did very well in Boston. He married the vivacious Annie Fields and hung out in the best literary company. Yet he retained his Northern "yankee" humor as seen in this poem from 1880.



Covering and Uncovering Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   


This poem draws on the feelings of simultaneous loss and discovery that hovers over every archaeology dig. "Covering / Uncovering" was written during the discovery of an Indian burial on the site of the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. The burial had to be quickly preserved to make way for the arriving technology on a site that had been a Native American habitat for thousands of years before.


A Time Before New Hampshire Print Email
Written by Michael Caduto   

Time Before NH

The Granite State used to be connected to African. The White Mountains used to be as tall as the Himalayas. Beavers used to be as big as bears and dinosaurs the size of turkeys. Those are just a few fascinating facts from this history of our rocky state. A whole lot happened here before the arrival of white settlers. 


The Poor Voter on Election Day Print Email
Written by John Greenleaf Whittier   


Seacoast poet John Greenleaf Whittier was ahead of his time on the concept of voter rights. Well before the Civil War, he imagined a time when poor and rich, black and white would vote equally. The following poem is from one of his earliest works, Anti-Slavery Poems: Songs of Labor and Reform.



Seacoast NH Film Classics Print Email
Written by Seacoast NH Film   


Trivia quiz! How many major films can you name that have connections to this region? The Last Detail, yes. Don’t forget A Separate Piece, The Mighty and Northwest Passage. We can think of about 20. Help us discover more, no matter how tenuous the link. 




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  • Book of the Week

    Our focus here largely is on books about our Piscataqua Seacoast region or written by Seacoast authors.  With our active literary community, that means a lot of volumes. Where possible we offer links for you to buy books. Our goal here is not to review, but to keep you posted on the latest, and sometimes little known publications.

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  • Poetry


    So much about the Seacoast inspires great poetry -- from sea charities to shipwreck ballads to modern verse. This section features the work of local writers young and old, famous and obscure.


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  • Film

    FilmNew Hampshire ain’t Hollywood. It’s better. But we inspire more movies than are made here. Even films written about NH are often shot in Canada or elsewhere. All the same, there are stories to tell, tales of UFOs, black history, murder, sea adventures and quiet simple folk. We span the gap from Peyton Place to On Golden Pond. This web area is dedicated to films about us, by us, or loosely connected to NH and the nearby coast. It is a work in progress. Click for local movies NOW PLAYING or get info from our MOVIE DATA page.

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  • Gallery

    GallerySeacoastNH is always looking for evocative images of our region and beyond. This is where we put them. Each gallery showcases the work of a single artist or project. Each has a theme. Each draws us in for some reason and captures a little of the diversity that makes our region unique. Come on in. Learn about the artists and, if you need creative work, contact them. Tell them we sent you.

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