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66 year old curmudgeon, poet, bookseller, philatelist, friend. Now retired, but there is life in the old geezer yet!!!

Background Information

I was born on the day Babe Ruth died. Unfortunately he didn't leave his athletic ability to me. I began writing poetryin college for a course project, and have been writing off and on (mostly off) ever since. In the last several years the Muse has whacked me upside the head again and I've been writing fairly regularly.

Major influences....Hmmmm......for poets, certainly no one famous. I like a lot of stuff from contemporary New Hampshire poets, notably Ed Pacht and Skip Manning. For authors, I like Mark Twain, Melinda Selmys, Guy Davenport, Colleen McCullogh and Mary Renault. How's that for a spread? Influenced by them??? Don't I wish!!

I guess having been a French Major I would have to cite some influences there, but itis mostly subliminal. l enjoyed reading Pascal, found the existentialists dreary and most 19th century poets pretentious, but that's me. I did like 20th century author Roger Peyrefitte, though he is a bit verbose. About 20 years ago I finished an Englishtranslation of his major work Les Amities Particulieres., which sits on a shelf in my office awaiting my finding time for revision and editing. I would like to get it published, as any English translation has been out of print since.the 1950's, but I haven't got the faintest idea how to accomplish that.

I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire in 1970 and a half. For my first three years I spent a decade as a French Lit. major before figuring out that the department wasn't exactly friendly to French Canadians, then switched to Psychology to try and figure out why I was so screwed up. I never used my degree vocationally, instead working in either manufacturing or retailuntil I became disabled a few years ago. Currently I supplementmy income through online book sales and take care of my two cats. Peppercorn and Chicklet.

While at university I also expended considerable energy on playing Canasta, foreign and domestic "films" (we didn't call them movies back then!) Playing various sports more or less abysmally, and in general avoiding serious study. Maybe that explains something.

I've also been a Christian for a long time, in both evangelical and liturgical churches. It's something I wouldn't want totrade for the world. Unfortunately I have found that most people who call themselves Christian are lousy at following the example of their Founder, myself, at times, included. At the moment I attend a small Pentecostal church of a small denomination, the Church of God of Prophecy. I am not a member , and continue to enjoy friends from across the Christian spectrum and friends from no spectrum at all. I do not proselytize.

I also graduated from the School of Hard Knocks. The school colors are black and blue, but the uniforms are green.

I write about what interests me: my home, my cats, my friends, past experiences; I also write to get out of my head from time to time. I am prone to rants
Birth Place
Rochester, NH USA

Poetry published in the "F.A.R.O.G. Forum." Did some sportswriting for Foster's Daily Democrat in Dover NH on a contract basis in the 1980's. Various other minor articles published here and there.

My poem "The Tannery, Milton Mills, NH" was accepted and published in the 2010 Poet's Guide to New Hampshire, a book published by the NH Poetry Society, and edited by John-Michael Albert

I am a regular contributor at three different "Open Mike" poetry events in New Hampshire, or ill be once more as soon as I get my eyes fixed/.

Contact Information

58-2F Orange St. 
Manchester NH 03104   USA
Contact Author: Chip Bergeron
Favorite Links

Susan M Bergeron
wife's poetry site

Busycat Farm
My Amazon Bookstore. If you don't see it there, ask. I might not have listed it yet. I also have stamps for collectors on sale. But not through Amazon

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