John Perrault is the author of Jefferson’s Dream (Hobblebush Books, 2009), Here Comes the Old Man Now (Oyster River Press, 2005), The Ballad of Louis Wagner (Peter Randall, 2003), and 9 albums of original ballads and songs. Several of his ballads are available for viewing/listening on YouTube, including "The Ballad of Louis Wagner" and "The Ballad of the Squalus." He was co-recipient of the Rosalie Boyle/Norma Farber Award from New England Poetry Club in 2008 and was nominated for a Pushcart in 2016 by Mobius: The Journal of Social Change. His work has appeared in Orbis (UK), Comstock Review, Commonweal, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Poet Lore, Blue Unicorn and elsewhere. His chapbook, Season of Shagginess, is due for a fall 2022 release from Finishing Line Press. John served as Portsmouth, NH, poet laureate 2003-2005. www.johnperrault.com
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Murder and mayhem, robbery and rapine, love that cuts to the bone: American ballads re-tell the wrenching themes of their English and Scottish cousins. Transplanted in the new world by old world immigrants, the traditional story-song of the Anglos and Scots wound up reinvigorated in the mountains of Appalachia and along the Canadian border. John Perrault talks, sings, and picks the strings that bind the old ballads to the new.
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