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Welcome to the Hartford Friends and Enemies of Wallace Stevens web site. From 1916 until his death in 1955 Wallace Stevens lived with his wife and daughter in Hartford, where he wrote poetry and worked at the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company. Visitors will find selected poetry, a walking tour, event notices, an online discussion group and contemporary artwork inspired by Stevens, and other things of interest to Stevens fans. 

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Hartford Area Events Celebrating Stevens 2009

14th Annual Wallace Stevens Birthday Bash
Featured Speaker:
Marjorie Perloff

Revisiting the Adagia:
The Role of Aphorism in Wallace Stevens’ Poetry

“Poetry is a pheasant disappearing in the brush.”
—Wallace Steven, Adagia

Saturday, November 7th
Reception begins at 6:30 P.M.
Hartford Public Library
500 Main Street, Hartford, CT

After Program: serving Birthday Cake and Champagne!
Ticket: $45 per person; send check payable to:
Connecticut Center for the Book, 500 Main Street, Hartford CT 06103.
Or call to reserve your tickets at the door: 860-695-6320.

For more information, contact
James Finnegan, 860-508-2810

46th Annual Wallace Stevens Program
Heather McHugh,
Tuesday April 3th, 2009, 12 pm
Greater Hartford Classical Magnet School,
85 Woodland Street, Hartford

Wednesday, Apirl 2, 8 pm
Konover Auditorium
University of Connecticut, Storrs

Phone 860-486-5027

Poets who have read their work in the Wallace Stevens Program.

12th Annual Wallace Stevens Memorial Poetry Reading
Nancy Kuhl and Brian Johnson
Saturday, June 20, 2009 - 12 pm
Pond House, Elizabeth Park
Rose Festival Weekend
Asylum Ave & Prospect Ave, Hartford

Connecticut poets read at the Rose Festival in Hartford's Elizabeth Park, which was Stevens' neighborhood park. The reading takes place rain or shine. Admission is free.



The Wallace Stevens Walk is complete!
Read the Boston Globe's report.

It's been over ten years in the making, but we have finally finished the Wallace Stevens Walk, which consists of 13 stone markers installed along the two miles Stevens walked from home to office. Each marker has one stanza from "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird." We will soon announce the date of a formal opening in spring. We are deeply appreciative to the Hartford Financial Services Group and the many generous donors who have made this project happen!

Join us at the Dedication Ceremony on June 11th at 5 pm at The Hartford.

Wallace Stevens Scholarship
This $1000 prize is awarded yearly to a Hartford high school student(s) who exhibits exemplary ability as a poet.
The Walk will consist of 13 stone markers installed along the two miles Stevens walked from home to office. Each marker will have one stanza from "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird." Here you can see five of the stones. Many more have been installed. We are close to completion but still need your help. We are deeply appreciative to the donors who are making this project happen! If you would like to make a contribution, please contact James Finnegan.

Congratutlations to John Harrity for winning the 2008 Wallace Stevens Scholarship!

Past winners are: 2007 Carmen Blatt; 2006, Desaire Sheldon; 2005, Illiana Luciano; 2004, Stephanie Lawrence and Daniel F. Cedeno; 2003, Jenea Robinson.
Please contact Dennis Barone for more information.

Selected Poetry
 Not Ideas about the Thing But the Thing Itself
 The Idea of Order at Key West
 The River of Rivers in Connecticut
 Nomad Exquisite
 Poem Written at Morning
 Looking Across the Fields and Watching the Birds Fly
 Journal entry - a long walk and thoughts about the "true religious force in the world"

Stevens reads "Not Ideas About the Thing But the Thing Itself."
 (Harvard U Press recording 10/8/54; 1.9 Mb AIFF; duration 1:33)
Stevens reads "The Idea of Order at Key West," "The Poem that Took the Place of a Mountain," "Vacancy in the Park" and "To an Old Philosopher in Rome." (Harper Audio)

101 Early Wallace Stevens Poems on Free Audio -- Anecdote of the Jar, The Emperor of Ice Cream, Peter Quince at the Clavier, Sunday Morning, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, and many others in the public domain, recorded for LibriVox by Alan Drake. Download as podcast.

Voices and Visions
"A video instructional series on American poetry for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 13 one-hour video programs and coordinated books. . . Stevens's flamboyant verbal technique and philosophical vision of American life are beautifully illustrated by archival footage." Now free online.

Wallace Stevens on camera? There are no known moving images of Wallace Stevens.

Online discussion since 1997
You are invited to join this decade-long discussion of Stevens' life and poetry. You may subscribe or visit the list, which is hosted by Wesleyan University. Subscribers and guests may search the list archive for topics of interest.

As our name implies, there were more than a few people who knew Stevens and couldn't stand him. Readers of Peter Brazeau's oral biography, "Parts of a World, Wallace Stevens Remembered," will be interested in the memo Ivan Daugherty, an attorney who worked for Stevens, wrote to the file as record of his difficulties with his boss. This typescript chronicles incidents that occured on January 3, 1947, in the office, the Canoe Club and in the car, in which Stevens and Daugherty strongly disagree. Ivan Daugherty's memo.

Enemies of Wallace Stevens, Unite! by Hartford Courant columnist, Laurence Cohen.

Contemporary art
Many visual artists draw inspiration from Stevens' poetry. Following are examples of artists' works that invoke the poetry, plus a New Yorker cartoon.
William Burney
Wendy Collin Sorin
Peter Malone
Susan Rowe Harrison
Mark Napier
Dan Schnaidt Harmonium, 1986
Mike Twohy, 1995
Karen Nichols, 2007
Harriet Hurie sings a blackbird song on the phone in celebration of "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird."

Other Stevens sites
Gavesite in Cedar Hill Cemetery
Academy of American Poets
The Wallace Stevens Journal
Alan Filreis (UPenn)
Library of America (Collected Poetry and Prose)
New York Times (interview, reviews, obit)
The Dao of Wallace Stevens
Modern American Poetry (commentary)
"Searching for Wallace Stevens" by Steve Kemper

This site is managed by Dan Schnaidt