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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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Alan Feldman

Alan Feldman’s first book, The Happy Genius (SUN, 1978) won the Elliston Book Award for the best poetry collection by a small, independent press in the United States. He’s since published ten chapbooks, a critical study of Frank O’Hara, and more two prize-winning books, A Sail to Great Island (2004) and Immortality (2015), with the University of Wisconsin Press. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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James R. 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 been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes, has participated in NEH poetry seminars at NYU and Princeton, has served as Editor of Connecticut Review, and is one of... Read More →

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J.D. Scrimgeour

J.D. Scrimgeour runs the Creative Writing Program at Salem State. He is interested in integrating poetry with other art forms, such as music, theater, and dance. He writes nonfiction as well, and recently wrote a musical.

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

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