In November 2015, Governor Peter Shumlin appointed Chard deNiord as Vermont poet laureate. DeNiord is the author of six poetry collections, most recently Interstate (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), and teaches at Providence College. He will serve a four-year term.

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Chard deNiord
Vermont poet laureate

Chard deNiord

Chard deNiord was born on December 17, 1952, in New Haven, Connecticut, and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he attended Lynchburg College. The...



The buzz-saw snarled and rattled in the yard
And made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood,
Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it.
And from there those that lifted eyes could count
Five mountain ranges one behind the other
Under the sunset far into Vermont.
And the

little moth
I do not think you'll escape
this night

I do not think
you'll escape this night
little moth


bees in clover
summer half over
friends without lovers


I bite a carrot
horsefly bites me


I thought it was you
moving through the trees

but it was the
Air out the linens, unlatch the shutters on the eastern side,
and maybe find that deck of Bicycle cards
lost near the sofa. Or maybe walk around
and look out the back windows first.
I hear the view's magnificent: old silent pines
leading down to the lakeside, layer upon layer
of magnificent light. Should you be