Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Robert Frost on chickens

Robert Frost, who lived as a farmer in New Hampshire for much of his adult life, wrote a poem about his favorite chicken. It's "A Blue Ribbon at Amesbury," and is included in my book, the only other place it is reproduced outside the Complete Poems.
When I contacted the estate for permission to reprint the poem, the administrator was unfamiliar with the poem. She told me no one had ever asked for it before. So I feel honored to have brought this poem to a wider audience.

In honoring him on the Writer's Almanac,, Garrison Kiellor writes: "Robert Frost became one of the most famous poets in the United States. He said, 'A poem begins with a lump in the throat; a homesickness or a love-sickness. It is a reaching out toward expression, an effort to find fulfillment. A complete poem is one where an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found the word.'"
This photo is from the Robert Frost page at Eastern Illinois University,

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