TPT 60.2 Corrected Files Printing

Heather Dupont and I met at Gibson’s Bookstore to go over the printer’s proofs of The Poets’ Touchstone 60.2 last week. All the corrections have now been submitted to the printer and the final files are going into production. Hooray! (I know, I know…FINALLY…) If you’d like to see what all is included in this issue, you can download the table of contents from this public Dropbox link:

Also, we are now taking submissions of chapbook & book excerpts from members’ collections. The form is here:
You can read more about this new feature, along with other new items we’re looking for, in the “Letter from the Editor” (photo excerpt from the printer’s file below).

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Thanks for your patience,
~JS (Jessi) Graustein, TPT Editor


Editor’s Challenge: March 2018 Selections

A big thanks to all the poets who participated in this Editor’s Challenge. The decision was a tough one, especially as we had more participants this month. Keep entering and telling your poet friends to enter! The April challenge prompts will be live at 9:00 p.m. tonight — 6 April 2018.


“Sacred Geometry” by David Banach
(This poem will be included in TPT 61.1, which is due out July 2018.)


New Hampshire Resident

But Where

I step through the door, but you are not here,
Have you ever been?

I walk around the room, find a seat and wait. patiently.
That’s a lie. I am not patient.

We’ve met here for years, but now that your life is in transition,
The visits are far and few between.

My heart doesn’t understand, my mind doesn’t want to,
But yet, you are not here.

I get my tea, I open my book, the bell on the door alerts all to it’s opening,
I turn to see if it’s you…

©2018 Michael Bourgeois

Michael Bourgeois is just a dad who likes to write poems and musings. He’s written his whole life but has just recently, at 44, began sharing.

Out-of-State Resident


As thirty-knot gusts whip sand and snow
into an unholy crust on cars and stairs and rails,
I temper my sorrow with knowledge: you would have hated
the messy business of actually being present, just as you cringed
at how exquisite picture-perfect pastries
were doomed to devolve into crumbs and slurries.
Not even in books do layers remain distinct,
although right now I can tell love from patience
as easily as I’ve cupped this yolk from cloud and shell.

©2018 Peg Duthie

Peg Duthie once special-ordered kirschwasser for a birthday cake, but has also been known to encase aging fruit within twice-defrosted puff pastry. (Tennessee, USA)

TPT 60.2 is Heading to the Printer

Like Russian nesting dolls, the winter-turned-spring issue of The Poets’ Touchstone has been a series of surprises in production. Every time I thought it was almost done, something new popped up. However I have, at long last, reached the end and have a 100% typeset manuscript ready to go to the printer today — masthead, table of contents, submission guidelines, and all.

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It will take about a week from this point to get a bound proof and supply a corrected file to the printer. After that we should have published copies heading to Don Kimball for mailing within 15 days. Just know that 60.2 IS coming…and the summer/fall issue is already underway thanks to Kim Theriault and her team.

This issue clocks in at 120 pages — the length of many poetry books! I haven’t been around long enough to know if this is a record, but it will certainly feel substantial when it drops in your mailbox. At the board’s request, new features are/will be rolling out with each issue of the Touchstone, making our semi-annual publication more inclusive of all that’s going on in Granite State poetry. The board and the editorial staff hope that when you read TPT 60.2 you will feel it has been worth the wait.

Thanks for sticking with us!
~JS (Jessi Graustein), TPT Editor