VOLUME 11, NO. 3 FEBRUARY 1998
hree Worcester poets with international reputations were honored through the work of a student's MQP in September. Tim Adams '98 received a grant from the Worcester Cultural Commission for his project, "A Literary Tour of Worcester." A tour guide and map were printed and bronze plaques were created to be placed on the former homes of Pulitzer-prize winning poet Stanley Kunitz, Charles Olson and Elizabeth Bishop, three major literary figures from Worcester.
As part of that project, an invitation was sent to Kunitz to be part of a dedication of the plaque at his boyhood home. Kunitz not only came to the dedication ceremony, but also appeared at a reading of his poetry later that evening on the WPI campus. Laura Menides, associate professor of English and project advisor, noted that the project will benefit Worcester citizens immediately by the increased awareness of Worcester's culture and preservation of it. "It will also give a detailed model on which to build future projects. The tour map and brochure will be used to inform residents, present and future, as well as tourists of the historic and literary value of Worcester," says Menides.
At the Kunitz home plaque dedication, the poet read My Mother's Pears, a poem that describes a pear tree he and his mother planted as the house was being built in 1919. Kunitz later visited with the present owners, Carol and Greg Stockmal, while standing beneath the tree, which still bears fruit - some of which the Stockmals send to Kunitz each year.
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