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Granite Staters planning poetry presentations this month

Poets Barbara Bald of Alton and Charlotte Cox of Laconia will offer a contrast in poetic experiences during National Poetry Month in April.

Both events will feature readings that explore the theme of "Journeys Outward, Journeys Inward," first at the Gilford Public Library on Thursday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m., and then at the Wolfeboro Public Library on Monday, April 22, also at 6:30 p.m.

Both events are free and open to the public. These evenings will also include some open-mic time.

Cox will begin each evening with a series of poems arising from her travels in Mexico, New Mexico, and Africa.

A first-place winner in the Poetry Society of New Hampshire's Member Contest for Spring 2012, she also has had poems published in the Poets' Guide to New Hampshire and PSNH's The Poet's Touchstone, and will feature her work in two forthcoming collections, "The Widow's Handbook" and "Piscataqua Poems: A Seacoast Anthology."

Bald will focus on poems about growing up, growing older, risks, regrets, and second chances when she reads from her new book, "Drive-Through Window (Walch Printing, 2012)."

Her poems have appeared in anthologies such as "The Other Side of Sorrow," "Poets' Guide to New Hampshire" and "For Loving Precious Beast, as well as in The Northern New England Review PSNH's "Touchstone."