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“Poetry Salon”: The Poems of Emily Dickinson and How They Influenced the Poetry of Marblehead Poet Claire Keyes

September 16, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This year’s Poetry Salon will explore poetic influences, specifically how a contemporary poet has been influenced by a particular poet–well-known or not so well-known–from long ago or the recent past. During the first hour of the two-hour session, Claire Keyes will provide a handout of the “influencer” poet’s work for purposes of discussion. In the second hour, a local poet will provide handouts of his or her poems and speak about the nature of the influence.


On Sunday, September 16th, the Poetry Salon at the Abbot Public Library commences with a discussion of the influence of Emily Dickinson on contemporary poetry. One of the greatest American poets, Dickinson has influenced many poets, including Marbleheader Claire Keyes, who will present some of her poems and address Dickinson’s impact on her.


Claire Keyes

The first hour of the Salon will focus on Dickinson’s poetry. Her style was so unique that it baffled about everyone who encountered it. When she was published in The Springfield Republican, her lines were changed and made more conventional. Once she had that experience, she decided the world wasn’t ready for her. What is so unique about her style? How can that uniqueness ever translate to a 21st century literary landscape? Please join Claire Keyes, Professor Emerita at Salem State University, to open up a year-long discussion of literary influence. The Salon is free and meets from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the Abbot Public Library.


September 16, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Marblehead Room
235 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, 01945