HINSDALE, N.H. -- Finalist in Encircle Publication’s 2012 chapbook competition, Charles Butterfield’s poetry collection, "Field Notes," has just been published and is now available.
Butterfield, a graduate of the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, has been writing and publishing poetry for more than 30 years.
His earlier book, "Another Light," produced in collaboration with photographer Larry Richardson, was published in 2008.
In "Field Notes," Butterfield draws subject matter from his many years raising, training and observing German Shepherds.
Maxine Kumin, Pulitzer-Prize poet and Poet Laureate, well known in the area for her readings at the Brattleboro Literary Festival, calls Butterfield’s poems "irresistible to all who have or admire dogs." And poet/lyricist Wyn Cooper comments, that "Butterfield’s poems, filled with wonder and spirit, create a world where humans and dogs interact in fascinating ways."
Encircle Publications editor and publisher Cynthia Bracket-Vincent, in announcing the award, writes, "These poems will draw the reader into the world of a man and his dog, but ultimately they are about the human response [to that relationship]."
Long-time resident of Hinsdale, Butterfield taught science at Brattleboro Union High School for more than 30 years. In retirement he writes essays and book reviews in addition to poetry. "In the Shadow of Cedars," his biography of a military officer disgraced in the Revolutionary War and a prominent citizen of Westmoreland, N.H., will be released by the Historical Society of Cheshire County, Keene, N.H., later this year.