The Breath of Parted Lips: Voices from the Robert Frost Place, Volume 2
Book of the Year, Bronze Award, 2004 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Finalist—Anthology, 2005
In 1976, as a bi-centennial project, the town of Franconia, New Hampshire, purchased Robert Frost’s 1915 farmhouse and established it as a museum of his life and work. The following year, under the leadership of Executive Director, Donald Sheehan, The Frost Place created the summer residency program for contemporary American poets. Since 1979, the Frost Place has hosted the week-long Festival of Poetry and in recent years, the Conference on Poetry and Teaching and The Frost Place Seminar.
Voices in Breath, Volume I were more numerous and various than a single volume could suggest. This volume, edited by Frost Place poet and essayist Sydney Lea, collects the work of faculty, participants at the annual poetry festival, and resident poets who have visited after the appearance of Volume I. Contributors include Marvin Bell, Hayden Carruth, Amy Clampitt, Stephen Dunn, Dana Gioia, Donald Hall, Galway Kinnell, Maxine Kumin, Sydney Lea, Thomas Lux, Paul Muldoon, Grace Paley, Molly Peacock, Charles Simic, Jean Valentine, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Baron Wormser.
“An anthology of beautifully conceived and artfully made verse . . . recall[ing] the tradition of writing for the mind and heart.” — Book Magazine
We are going to serve a late lunch
In the garden for a few friends.
We’ll start with cold squid salad,
Minced scallions, garlic and parsley,
And a pot of black and green olives
And homemade bread to wipe the oil,
When we are not sipping the wine.
And if some bird graciously assents
To sing for us after the roast lamb,
The cheese and the fresh strawberries,
We’ll raise our glasses high and toast
The invisible bird, the golden light,
The shadows lengthening,
And keep them raised till its song is over.
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