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


By Dan Chiasson '93

Flowers have faces. They are happy or sad.
Their faces change, like ours;
unlike us, it doesn’t mean
Uh-Oh a new mood out of nowhere dawned.

Technically it is immoral to kill a flower
but people do it all the time,
to smooth something over or please a lover.
Nature just rolls right on, headless.

Printed with the poet’s permission

Poet, Critic and Editor Dan Chiasson '93

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Theodore Baird
In English 1, Theodore Baird would enter class through a window and ask whether the window shouldn’t therefore be called a door.