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Reading By May Sarton


Belgium, her place of birth. "Reflections by Fire" tells about still another home, her home in New Hampshire, and the pleasure she receives from living in a house which is old and filled with tradition.

The third group consisted of "poems about being a poet." These included "Proteus," "At Museau," "A Country Incident," and "The Frog, that Naked Creature."

Miss Sarton began a group of poems about people with "A Celebration," which is a tribute to her father, George Sarton, who was a professor at Harvard. This group included two other poems, "The Action of the Beautiful" and "The Furies."

Miss Sarton concluded her readings with two ballads written only a couple of weeks ago. They are both ballads of a traveler and tell of places she visited during her recent journey.

Harold C. Martin, director of General Education at Harvard, welcomed Miss Sarton back to Cambridge and introduced her program. "Miss Sarton's poetry is not 'a la mode,' "he declared," "it is poetry of quiet discoveries and silent healing."

In a short interview given after the reading, Miss Sarton said that she plans to devote herself to poetry for a while and will not write any more prose for at least a year. She will be at Wellesley for the first semester of the coming year and will teach two courses in creative writing, one in poetry and one in the novella. After that she will go to her home in New Hampshire "for five or six months of just plain writing and thinking."

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