Sixty years ago, the work of the young poet Richard Wilbur caught the attention of Robert Frost and Wallace Stevens, two of that century’s now-undisputed masters.
Stevens and Frost were profoundly different poets, and in Key West, where both men wintered during the 1930s, they quarreled.
For the modernist Stevens, Frost was “too academic.” For Frost, Stevens’s “poetry of the mind in the act of finding” was mere “bric-a-brac.”
But the two agreed about Richard Wilbur, in whose work each recognized the promise of a major American poet.
In Key West January 7-10, 2010, The Key West Literary Seminar celebrates 60 years of American poetry with compelling discussions, candid conversations, and insightful readings.