Home Town Poets
I had a conversation yesterday afternoon about how deeply Richmond, VA honors the memory of Larry Levis.
The talk of Levis in Richmond got me thinking about the place of poets in various cities’ lore. Amherst, MA has Emily Dickinson, and several cities--including Charlottesville, Richmond, and Baltimore--claim Edgar Allen Poe. Carl Sandburg is to Chicago as Robinson Jeffers is to Carmel. Anne Spencer has become a figure of pride for Lynchburg, VA, and I once visited a plaque at Vachel Lindsay’s home in Springfield, IL.
What other American cities display considerable pride in their poets?
Poet and editor Camille T. Dungy was born in Denver but moved often as her father, an academic physician, taught at many different medical schools across the country. She earned a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Dungy’s full-length poetry publications include Trophic...