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Davison s memoir centers on his experiences in the frequently kooky, wildly fruitful, and endlessly fascinating Boston poetry scene of the 1950s and 60s With cameos from Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, the Merwins, Robert Lowell, Maxine Kumin, and Adrienne Rich among many, many others , this was a stunning glimpse into an intellectual and creative community that I would argue is potentially unrivaled in literary history Though I didn t give the book five stars the organization cou Davison s memoir centers on his experiences in the frequently kooky, wildly fruitful, and endlessly fascinating Boston poetry scene of the 1950s and 60s With cameos from Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, the Merwins, Robert Lowell, Maxine Kumin, and Adrienne Rich among many, many others , this was a stunning glimpse into an intellectual and creative community that I would argue is potentially unrivaled in literary history Though I didn t give the book five stars the organization could have been better handled, and it felt as if the memoir just cut off, mid thought , it satisfied several hopes I had going into the reading of it 1 I became violently jealous of Davison and everyone involved, for having lived in a time when the role of the poet was really, truly significant to a community s culture and livelihood, 2 I felt as if, rather than offered a sterile grocery list of facts about these poets, I was in on the intimate but tender gossip of the wider circle, and 3 I was inspired to write, and began thinking of ways in which I might better throw myself into my life as, yes, a writer These poets did nothing half heartedly their entire beings were absolutely thrown into the wreckage of their work, and I was just enthralled by it I shouldn t exoticize madness, as is often the tendency with icons like Sexton and Plath and Lowell, but nonetheless, I can t help but find appealing the awe inspiring and sometimes frightening passion with which all of these writers were working It was thrilling But as I said, and perhaps this is merely a failing of the memoir form, there were moments where I just needed clarity,elaboration,closure That was me reading as a consumer of novels and biographies, though, so perhaps I shouldn t blame Davison Any case, this comes highly recommended, especially if you re tired of all the medicinal work on these wacky writers this is a smart, and balanced, game of he said she said, and it s a truly enjoyable read A poignant, lyrical, and revealing memoir on Boston area poets like Lowell, Plath, Anne Sexton, and others Davison seems to have known or met everyone He dated Plath briefly, attended Harvard with many of these writers, and as the poetry editor of The Atlantic Monthly and a publisher and editor, published many of these writers I like his decision to organize this book around the Boston literary scene Though it usually only devotes a chapter to a particular poet, I think his portraits are oft A poignant, lyrical, and revealing memoir on Boston area poets like Lowell, Plath, Anne Sexton, and others Davison seems to have known or met everyone He dated Plath briefly, attended Harvard with many of these writers, and as the poetry editor of The Atlantic Monthly and a publisher and editor, published many of these writers I like his decision to organize this book around the Boston literary scene Though it usually only devotes a chapter to a particular poet, I think his portraits are often superior to book length treatments of these writers An admirable combination of literary analysis and literary memoir To me this shows why poets are often the best critics and readers of other poets I actually met Davison once when he came to read his own poetry at Reed College A very intelligent, friendly, and gracious man Mostly an interesting read, but somewhat galling as one realizes what extraordinary privilege and opportunity most of these writers had in comparison to the rest of us. Peter Davison combines memoir and criticism in this nostalgic, unsentimental look at a variety of poets who lived and worked in the Boston area during the 1950s and 60s Favorite anecdote W S Merwin follows Robert Lowell around at a party asking him what he thinks of his work until Lowell finally tells Merwin he s a first rate second rate poet Well, you had to ask, Merwin Davison himself is hard on writers who he thinks failed to live up to their potential, such as Adrienne Rich,or who Peter Davison combines memoir and criticism in this nostalgic, unsentimental look at a variety of poets who lived and worked in the Boston area during the 1950s and 60s Favorite anecdote W S Merwin follows Robert Lowell around at a party asking him what he thinks of his work until Lowell finally tells Merwin he s a first rate second rate poet Well, you had to ask, Merwin Davison himself is hard on writers who he thinks failed to live up to their potential, such as Adrienne Rich,or who exploited their private demons to create less than great work, such as Anne Sexton I agree with him in both cases Davison is particularly good on Lowell, portraying him as a man who lived for literature largely at the expense of life itself and Sylvia Plath, whose tortured, conflicted personality comes through with awful clarity in Davison s rendering Davison also includes poems by the poets he discusses and one of his own Some interesting anecdotes about poets in and around Boston in late 40s, early 50s. Required reading for those purporting to take an interest in literary Boston You will be amazed at the vast nuclear fission device that was the Hub in the 60s and 70 bringing together and splitting apart the greatest minds of American verse, and ultimately melting down into personal tragedy and confessional poetry.Peter Davison is the perfect guide, looking out over the landscape from his office at the Atlantic Monthly, where he worked from his late 20s till his death last year. I read this book because I wanted to feel smart, and I think it accomplished this goal. &EPUB ☠ The Fading Smile: Poets in Boston, 1995-1960, from Robert Frost to Robert Lowell to Sylvia Plath ↛ This extraordinary account, by a participant who knew them all, offers vivid reminiscences of Robert Lowell, Adrienne Rich, Stanley Kunitz, Sylvia Plath, Richard Wilbur, Anne Sexton, W S Merwin, and many others who interacted with each other and shaped American poetry at mid century