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“Poetry Salon”: The Poems of Leo Connellan and Patricia Smith, and Their Influence on Guest Poet Priscilla Herrington
January 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
On Sunday, January 20th, the Poetry Salon at the Abbot Public Library continues its exploration of poetic influence. The poet Leo Connellan has been cited by Richard Eberhart as inhabiting “the mainstream of American consciousness,” and by Richard Wilbur as writing poems that are “vivid, harsh, spare and colloquially eloquent.” Connellan served as an influence on Ipswich poet Priscilla Herrington, who will visit the Salon to discuss her poems in relation to Connellan and Patricia Smith. Both influenced her poetry. Smith, four-time champion of the National Poetry Slam, has published seven books of poetry, including Incendiary Art (2017). Smith is considered one of the most magnetic and esteemed poets in today’s literary landscape. Claire Keyes, Marblehead Poet and SSU Professor Emerita, will serve as moderator. Please join us from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Library. This program is free and open to the public.