Robert Frost talk this Sunday in Shaftsbury

"The Mystical Suspense of Robert Frost" is the title of Chard deNiord's talk on Sunday, 2 p.m., at the Robert Frost Stone House Museum in Shaftsbury.

Following in Frost's footsteps as Poet Laureate of Vermont, de Niord will focus on the dialectic that many of the speakers in Frost's poems engage in mystical and moral conversations from highly charged but suspended positions between earth and heaven. These suspended vantage points betray Frost's lifelong conflict in divining metaphorical places that inspire both mystical and essential human expression. Drawing on several of Frost's best known poems such as "After Apple Picking," "Birches," and "Home Burial," he will show how Frost manages to express his savvy deference to the unsayable.

DeNiord is the author of six books of poetry, most recently "Interstate," and, "The Double Truth." He has agreed to read a few of his own poems after his talk and sign copies in the museum afterward.

He is a professor of English and creative writing at Providence College. His book of essays and interviews with seven senior American poets, 'Conversations and Reflections on 20th Century American Poets," was published in 2011. His new book of interviews will appear this spring from the University of Pittsburgh Press under the title, "I Would Lie to You If I Could."

All programs in the "Sunday Afternoons with Robert Frost" series are offered free of charge. Reservations are not required. For directions or more information, call 802-447-6200. The Robert Frost Stone House Museum is located at 121 Vermont Route 7A in Shaftsbury. Beginning Oct. 1 the museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5p.m.; in September the hours are more limited and may be found at the website The museum closes for the season on Oct. 29.


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