By Linda Haviland Conte

Seldom Purely

“Wordsworth called the most precious moments of his life ‘spots of time.’ Linda Haviland Conte’s poems in Seldom Purely record a lifetime of such moments, made memorable through the telling art of these deceptively ‘little’ poems: Each piece, as she writes in ‘Sorting Things Out,’ with a story.” —Lloyd Schwartz, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and Somerville Poet Laureate

By Linda Haviland Conte

Slow as a Poem

“Life is not slow. If there is anything we come to discover as we live on, it is this. But sometimes, there’s a poet who comes along and grants us pause. Slow as a Poem is a lovely collection of moments bound together with the simple beauty of words…” —Sara Medinger

Linda Haviland Conte

Linda Haviland Conte serves on the board of the New England Poetry Club as treasurer, and recently retired from working in the Somerville Public Schools. She received a Somerville Arts Council Grant to lead a local poetry-writing workshop. A graduate of Connecticut College, Linda was a founding member and occasional editor of Ibbetson Street magazine. She has participated as a panelist on the topic of Poetry and Community at the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Poetry Festivals (2017). Linda lives with her husband in Somerville, MA.

Other Collections and Anthologies

Round Island River

A self-published collection of poems for lovers of the 1000 Islands, New York.

Out of the Blue

Poetry and prose from the Out of the Blue Art Gallery (Crooked River Press, 2003).


A literary journal based in the Cambridge/Boston area, featuring poetry and short fiction.

Ibbetson Street #40

Poems with an economy of words, layers of meaning, and strongly situated in the everyday.


In poem after poem, Conte’s work is lucid, serious, yet deliciously surreptitious in giving out its wisdoms.”

—Luther Tyler
Wellesley College


. . . these poems, always genuine, capture moments and emotions that run pure . . .

—Mary Buchinger
Author of einfühlung/in feeling
president of the New England Poetry Club


Conte’s poetry . . . so full of sunlight, deals courageously with shadow also . . .

—Susan Donnelly
Author of “Finding the Day”