Free Verse by Tammi J. Truax

A Toast

There is bread.

There is butter.


I shelter in my place. You,

in yours. Safe and warm.


We want for nothing

really, except perhaps


freedom of movement,

freedom from fear.


Let us look within, recall

the ancestors for whom


there was no bread,

there was not butter.

by Tammi J. Truax

Tammi J. Truax is the 12th Poet Laureate of Portsmouth, NH. Truax  works as a writer and as an elementary school librarian. She has taught in a variety of settings from preschool to prison. In 2008, with New Hampshire poet Kyle Potvin, she founded the non-profit, The Prickly Pear Poetry Project: Processing the Cancer Experience Through Poetry. Children’s literature is a lifelong passion for her and she has several picture books ready for a publisher. She was editor of a new release of  Lady Wentworth; A Poet’s Tale by Henry Longfellow (illustrated)– (Bookbaby, 2013), and released her debut novel  Broken Buckets, as an eBook the same year. A YA novel in verse, For to See the Elephant, was published in 2019. Her Portsmouth Poet Laureate Project is called “Poetry as a Bridge.” During the pandemic, Truax started writing a weekly poem for publication in the City Manager’s Advisory, presented every Sunday. The Associated Press featured that initiative in its global “One Good Thing” series and The New York Times followed with a Sunday story. Her website is

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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2 Responses to Free Verse by Tammi J. Truax

  1. Paul Beech says:

    A lockdown poem exploring the relationship between our essential human needs and our basic human rights. A poem to ponder long…

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