Connecticut

Appointed Connecticut State Poet Laureate on July 1, 2010, Dick Allen has published seven poetry collections and won numerous awards including a Pushcart Prize, the Robert Frost prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Ingram Merrill Poetry Foundation.

upcoming events

date
Jun 25 2015
Ted Kooser Poetry Writing Workshop at Hill-Stead

As part of Hill-Stead’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, United States Poet Laureate (2004-2006) and 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner Ted Kooser will lead a writing workshop entitled: Fine-Tuning Metaphor; Getting the Most from a Literary Comparison. Kooser is considered a master of metaphor, and in this workshop, he will demonstrate his process for making certain that every element of the metaphorical comparison contributes to its effect. 

10:00am to 12:00pm
35 Mountain Road
06032 Farmington, Connecticut
Jul 12 2015
Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Presents Marie Howe

Marie Howe will be performing as a part of the 2015 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at the Hill-Stead Museum. Marie Howe is the 2012-2014 Poet Laureate of New York State. She is the author of three volumes of poetry; The Kingdom of Ordinary Time, The Good Thief, and What the Living Do.  She is also the co-editor of a book of essays, In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic. She has been a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and a recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. Stanley Kunitz selected Howe for a Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the American Academy of Poets. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, AGNI, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, and the Partisan Review, among others. The event includes a prelude conversation with Howe at 2, a performance by opening poet Ciaran Berry at 3, music at 3:30, and a performance by Howe at 4:15.

2:00pm
35 Mountain Road
06032 Farmington, Connecticut
Jul 22 2015
Sunken Garden Poetry Festival Present Vijay Seshadri

Vijay Seshadri will be performing as part of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival.  He is the author of three collections of poetry; 3 Sections, which was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, The Long Meadow, which won the James Laughlin Award, and Wild Kingdom. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in AGNI, The American Scholar, Antaeus, Bomb, Boulevard, Lumina, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Shenandoah, Southwest Review, The Threepenny Review, Verse, Western Humanities Review, Yale Review, The Times Book Review, the Philadelphia Enquirer, San Diego Reader, TriQuarterly, and in many anthologies, including Under 35: The New Generation of American Poets, Contours of the Heart, Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times, and Best American Poetry. 

5:00pm
35 Mountain Road
06032 Farmington, Connecticut

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Dick Allen

Dick Allen is the author of several poetry collections, including Present Vanishing (Sarabande Books, 2008). He has received fellowships from the...

poems

poem
Her sickness brought me to Connecticut.
Mornings I walk the dog: that part of life
is intact. Who's painted, who's insulated
or put siding on, who's burned the lawn
with lime—that's the news on Ardmore Street.

The leaves of the neighbor's respectable
rhododendrons curl under in the cold.
He has backed the car
poem
Even the sky here in Connecticut has it,
That wry look of accomplished conspiracy,
The look of those who've gotten away

With a petty but regular white collar crime.
When I pick up my shirts at the laundry,
A black woman, putting down her Daily News,

Wonders why and how much longer our luck
Will hold.  "
poem

I

Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird.

II

I was of three minds,
Like a tree
In which there are three blackbirds.

III

The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part