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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


All the poems ultimately provide what Ms. Conte seeks:  a harmony with what is.

—Robert K. Johnson
Suffolk University


Linda Haviland Conte takes us through the seasons with a careful eye, clear narrative voice and a fine attention to the telling detail …

—Susan Donnelly
author of Transit