a hundred years ago, Frost sold his poultry farm
in Derry for eleven hundred dollars, and
left for three years in England,
using the money to write full-time;
though he loved the thirty acres,
and while they inspired
"Nothing Gold Can Stay,"
"The Mending Wall," and
"Stopping in the Woods on a
their sale was a good investment:
four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry;
although the rest of his life
was filled with tragedy -
he lost his wife to breast cancer,
a son to suicide, a daughter to
childbirth, and another daughter
who went mad -
he left behind an incredible
body of work,
but few have suffered more
in the process.
June 8, 2011.
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