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Poetry readings: The Writer


Introduction to The Writer
Richard Wilbur Poet
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This poem, The Writer, is a poem about my daughter Ellen who is a very good short story writer and is about to publish a new and selected book of her short stories. This poem looks back at her as she was in her junior high school days when she used to come home to our house in Portland, Connecticut and climb up to her room, sit at her desk and get busy writing stories every afternoon.

Acclaimed US poet Richard Wilbur (1921-2017) published many books and was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize. He was less well known for creating a musical version of Voltaire's “Candide” with Bernstein and Hellman which is still produced throughout the world today.

Listeners: David Sofield

David Sofield is the Samuel Williston Professor of English at Amherst College, where he has taught the reading and writing of poetry since 1965. He is the co-editor and a contributor to Under Criticism (1998) and the author of a book of poems, Light Disguise (2003).

Tags: The Writer, Connecticut

Duration: 41 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2005

Date story went live: 29 September 2010