GCC celebrates the poetry and birthday of Conway poet Archibald MacLeish

May 3, 2010

Friday May 7 at 12 noon students from the Greenfield Community College Modern Poetry and Theater classes will read “Archie’s Conway Poems” at the annual tribute presented by the Friends of the Archibald MacLeish Collection at GCC. The program will be held on the Main Campus, North Wing Room 358.

Poet Archibald MacLeish

Featured will be some of the Conway poet’s works which convey the sense and sensibility of his experiences as an area resident from 1928 until his death in 1982.

Katherine Andrews will read “Spring in These Hills” and “Mark’s Sheep” (a reference to MacLeish’s friend and colleague Mark Van Doren). She will also give us MacLeish’s “Definitions of Old Age.” Other poetry with a decidedly local flavor will include “Survivor” and “Immortal Autumn” read by Shannon Weatherup, and “Conway Burying Ground,” read by Claire Baker, who will also read “Old Age,” from “Newly Collected Poems” in Collected Poems, 1917-1982.

Helen Whiteside will present “In and Come In” in which MacLeish renders praise to other poets, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Robert Frost. She will also read “The Burial,” which MacLeish composed in honor of his mother, Martha Hillard MacLeish.

Other poems and their readers include: “The Little Boy in the Locked House” and “March” by Samantha Saalfrank; “Critics on the Lawn” and “Spring” by Kaie Christenson; “The Peepers in our Meadows,” “The Farm,” and “White-Haired Girl” by Lia Karras; “Summer of the Year” and “Immortal Autumn” by Shannon Weatherup and “Unfinished History” by Reba Dalson.

All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.