Poet Richard Dan Chiasson ’93 read selections from his work and that of the late James Merrill ’47.

Poet David Sofield, the Samuel Williston Professor of English, read selections from his work and that of the late James Merrill ’47.

Poet David Ferry ’46 read selections from his work and that of the late James Merrill ’47.

Poet Richard Wilbur ’42 read selections from his work and that of the late James Merrill ’47.

Kind of a Love Story

A Poet Turns 90

Richard Wilbur: A Poet Turns 90

Students, professors honor Richard Wilbur at poetry reading

It was not a typical 90th birthday party, but Richard Wilbur ’42 is hardly a typical 90-year-old. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate, Wilbur holds the same teaching position at Amherst that Robert Frost once did. To celebrate his becoming a nonagenarian, a poetry reading seemed only fitting.

Attic Boxes

© Tess Taylor '00

I.  
Unsettled now, they scatter open—
inner chaos lifelike as odd birds.

They hold alibis & chatter, whir
of windows. Initials on a tarnished pitcher.  

Spidery pencil, Minneapolis, 1867. “Dear friend Lulu:
A cold wind whips this barren prairie.”


Bombay 1927: “I was presiding at the high school Jubilee:
the speaker referred to me as missionary Patriarch—”


1913: Helen’s verses to dawn on the Lusitania.
Helen crazed in Brussels and the Pater

The Power of Myth

Horsegod: Collected Poems, by Robert Bagg ’57 (IndieReader.com)

Reviewed by Amelia Klein ’00

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