Donald Hall, Charles Simic and Cynthia Huntington will open the fifth annual Eagle Pond Authors’ Series at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 22. The program will be held in the Silver Cultural Arts Center.
The three will reprise “How to Peel a Poem,” an event that was hosted by Harper’s Magazine in 1999 and at Plymouth State the last two years. Inspired by a Chinese proverb, “Recite poetry only with a poet,” Harper’s invited five poets for dinner and discussion of their favorite poems by any author (see Harper’s, Sept. 1999). Hall, Simic and Huntington participated in that reading and discussion, and the format has become an annual pleasure for patrons of the Eagle Pond Authors’ Series.
Poems they will read and discuss are “The Return” by Ezra Pound, “Facing It” by Yusef Komunyakaa and “Celestial Music” by Louise Gluck. Copies of each will be available at the reading, and the audience will also be invited to ask questions and comment.
Donald Hall resides at Eagle Pond Farm in Wilmot, a family homestead that has inspired much of his writing. Each year Hall has opened the Eagle Pond Series, which was named in his honor.
Hall has a long relationship with Plymouth State College, which awarded him an honorary degree in 1980. The PSC Alumni Association honored him with their Robert Frost Contemporary American Award in 1997.
Other authors and dates in the 2002-2003 Eagle Pond Authors’ series are: Ellen Bryant Voigt, Sunday, November 17; Donald Hall, Sunday, March 9 and Marie Howe, Sunday, April 6, all at 3 p.m.
The Eagle Pond Authors’ Series is sponsored by the Plymouth State College Bookstore (Barnes & Noble). There is no charge for admission, but seating is limited. Call the Silver Cultural Arts Center box office at (603) 535-ARTS for free tickets. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, noon – 6 p.m.