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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.

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Jun 25 2017
‘The Poet’s Voice’ Presents J.D. McClatchy
American poet and literary critic J.D. McClatchy will read his poetry at Greenwich Library on Sunday, June 25 at 2 p.m. as part of The Poet’s Voice series. A Q&A and book signing will follow the reading.
 
McClatchy is a former president of The American Academy of Arts and Letters. His body of poetic work is wide-ranging. He has authored eight collections of poetry, the fifth of which, Hazmat, was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize. His most recent poetry collection is Plundered Hearts: New and Selected Poems (Knopf). He is also the author of four books of prose, the latest being Sweet Theft: A Poet’s Commonplace Book (Counterpoint).
 
In addition, McClatchy plays an increasingly prominent role in the opera house as a librettist. He has written 17 opera libretti, and his work has been performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala, the San Francisco Opera, and other leading opera houses around the world. Many of his poems have been set to song by various composers.
 
McClatchy was named a New York Public Library Literary Lion and received the 2000 Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award. He served as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1996 until 2003. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets. He has just retired from teaching at Yale and editing The Yale Review for thirty years. He lives in Stonington.
2:00pm
101 West Putnam Ave
06830 Greenwich, 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

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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

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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.  "
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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