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Friday, May 1 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Passing Through a Phase: Revelations of Age FILLING

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Aging brings about a reshuffling of perspective and priorities regarding the self and others. It raises questions not just about the physical process of getting older, but also about the world without us: how do we address the future? How do we think about legacies, about mortality and what we will leave behind? As Stanley Kunitz writes, “Maybe/ it’s time for me to practice/ growing old. The way I look/ at it, I’m passing through a phase:/ gradually I’m changing to a word.” What does the world look like from old age? This reading features three accomplished poets who offer their own distinct revelations.

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Claire Keyes

Claire Keyes has published reviews and poems in The Women's Review of Books, The Georgia Review, Calyx and Rattle, among others. On-line, you can find her work at Tattoohighway.org,Poemeleon.org, and poetrymagazine.org. She recently won the Robert Penn Warren Award (First Prize) from New England Writers. Her poetry collections include The Question of Rapture and What Diamonds Can Do. She lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts and teaches in the Lifelong Learning Program at Salem State College... Read More →
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James Scrimgeour

Dr. James R. Scrimgeour is a Professor Emeritus at Western Connecticut State University who has been writing a poem per week since 1993. He has published nine books of poetry and over 200 poems in anthologies and periodicals and has given over 150 public readings of his work. He has... Read More →

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J.D. Scrimgeour

A long-time professor at Salem State, J.D. Scrimgeour lives in Salem and has written extensively about sports, especially baseball and basketball. His five books include the basketball memoir, Spin Moves. He also appears in the anthology Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art... Read More →

Friday May 1, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Hawthorne Pickman Room

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