Poet Dick Allen (1939-2017) was one of the founders of Expansive poetry, a movement in the 1980s that emphasized the sharing of authentic, unpretentious subjective experience. That’s a lot of multisyllabic words to say that his poems are rich with imagery that trasports you directly into his experience to make it yours, too.
This is such a nice poem for the lazy days of a winding-down summer. It starts as one thing — anticipation of a holiday-to-be — and evolves into a wander through memory and a celebration of the moments that make a lifetime.
Dick Allen was born in Troy, New York, on August 8, 1939, grew up in the Adirondack Mountains, and was influenced by Zen Buddhism. He is the author of eight poetry collections and also co-authored science fiction anthologies. He received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and was awarded the Robert Frost Prize for Poetry and the Hart Crane Poetry Prize. In 2010, he was appointed poet laureate of the state of Connecticut, a role in which he served until 2015. He died on December 27, 2017.
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