"How Can Anyone Create an Atmosphere for Poetry?": A Postcard from Robert Lowell

In this 1961 postcard from the archive, Robert Lowell writes to Marie Bullock, founder of the Academy of American Poets, regarding the ideal atmosphere for poetry. Lowell questions the idea that an ideal atmosphere for poetry can even be created, and goes on to ask if “audiences” and “people who are important in government” could simply “learn to be gentle and patient and daring and literate and honest.”

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