Poet to sign new book

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Socorro-area poet Barbara DuBois has published her fourth book, “Ruminations: A Reflection on a Long Life,” and will hold a signing at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, on the second floor of the Socorro Public Library.
A slight departure from her previous books, “Ruminations” is filled with stories and poems depicting her busy, happy life with her family. Eight sections tell about her past and present.
Writing poems since she was seven years old, DuBois was an early fan of Shakepeare, as well as other poets including Robert Frost, John Dryden, Robert Herrick and John Updike. Currently, she is reading the Nobel prize-winning Orhan Pamuk.
After getting her master’s degree in English at the University of Michigan, DuBois taught at New Mexico Tech, the University of New Mexico and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Chair of the Rio Abajo Poets — the Socorro chapter of the New Mexico State Poetry Society — she enjoys helping novice poets and encourages everyone to write all the time.
DuBois remembers one such instance where her encouragement helped inspire another writer — “One of those people said she was having trouble because she was unhappy about something. I got her to write it away. It really helped her.”
DuBois herself enters contests from all the states after seeing them announced in literary magazines. In 2006, 2008 and 2012, she was named New Mexico Senior Poet Laureate.
She said when she isn’t reading or writing, she sings, swims, walks and talks with Charles, her constant companion.