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MILLAY POETRY TRAIL OPENED AT STEEPLETOP, EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY'S FORMER
HOME IN AUSTERLITZ, NEW YORK
AUSTERLITZ, NY - Sept. 22, 2003 (Send2Press Newswire) - Visitors to the
gravesite of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay can now read selections from her
nature poems as they make the half-mile trek through the woods behind her
former home in Columbia County, New York.
The new Millay Poetry Trail was dedicated here yesterday as a highlight of
the second annual benefit Garden Party sponsored by the Friends of Millay
to begin restoration of the gardens and home where the poet lived from
1925 until her death in 1950.
The poems mounted on cedar posts along the trail include excerpts from
Renascence (1912), The Little Ghost (1917), Afternoon on a Hill (1917),
Elegy Before Death (1918), Mariposa (1921), Portrait by a Neighbour
(1922), The Goose-Girl (1923), Counting-out Rhyme (1928), A Very Little
Sphinx (1929), Through the Green forest (1940), and Steepletop (c. 1935).
The Millay Poetry Trail was initiated by Catryna Ten Eyck Seymour,
co-chair of the Friends of the Millay Society, based on a similar trail
behind the Robert Frost home in Franconia, NH. The Trail is a gift from
the Friends organization in honor of Millay's literary executor, Elizabeth
Barnett, who has safeguarded the home and its contents since the death of
the poet's sister, Norma Millay, in 1986.
Attendees at the Garden Party were given a rare chance to see inside the
house, A National Historic Landmark that includes Millay's personal
library. They also heard a talk on Millay's importance as an American
literary figure by J.D. McClatchy, Editor of the Yale Review, and poetry
readings by Millay scholar Holly Peppe. Co-chairs of the event were
Barbara Cohen, Alison Lankenau and Mary Ann Mailman.
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Friends of the Millay Society at Steepletop
New York Community Newswire
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