Welcome to the website of Rodger Martin—poet, teacher, editor, journalist, director of Monadnock Pastoral Poets.

Rodger Martin is the author of two books of poetry: The Battlefield Guide and The Blue Moon Series, both published by Hobblebush Books.  “Landscape mingled with myth” is how Nanjing University’s Zhang Ziqing, translator of Selected Poems of T.S. Eliot and A History of Twentieth Century American Poetry, perceives Martin’s poetry.

About The Battlefield Guide

Much of the character of Rodger Martin’s poetry is contained in the opening lines of “Harper’s Ferry” [The Battlefield Guide]. For him there is no Civil War of separate battles. The Vietnam war is equally the Trojan war, the Civil War, WWII, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan…, because his vision takes in the basic humanity of such experience.—B. Eugene McCarthy, author of Sound Ideas


Sunrise on Pearly Pond by Gordon RipleyFollow Rodger’s posts on the Monadnock Pastoral Irregular Blog (MPIB)   by clicking on the pages menu at the bottom of the page.

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Rodger blames the typewriter for turning him into a poet in an interview with Sean Hurley of New Hampshire Public Radio at Robert Frost Place in Franconia, NH (April, 2014).

Rodger discusses his books The Blue Moon Series and The Battlefield Guide in an interview with Hobblebush Books (September, 2013).


Credits: Photograph of Mount Monadnock from Gap Mountain by Clair Degutis
Photograph of Sunrise on Pearly Pond by Gordon Ripley