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"Onstage she appeared an astonishing creature, a real live New Yorker and honest-to-god poetess who looked and played the part: loose velvet robes dwarfed her pale, tiny frame, making her resonant voice with its clipped consonants and plummy vowels seem all the more dramatic in comparison. By then she was bobbing her hair, and after her visit to Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the campus newspaper noted that the percentage of bobbed hairstyles among students shot up from 9 percent to 63 percent."
Kate Bolick on the woman, the legend, the social phenomenon: Edna St. Vincent Millay



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Decca

Er, check out the second paragraph of Edna St.Vincent Millay's Wiki page.

OhMarie

@Decca They're not wrong!

SarahP

@Decca "Paragraph."

mcleodglen

@Decca
will do that right now!

SarahP

Ednaaaaaaaaaa! 14-year-old SarahP was obsessed.

cuminafterall

@SarahP As a poetry-inclined teen, I have no idea how I missed out on Edna St. Vincent Millay. I may have thought she was stuffy, based on her name? Plus I was really into the Imagists at the time.

Anyway, I just read "Renascence" for the first time, and loved it. But if I'd read it at 16, I would have clutched it close to my heart and performed endless exegeses of it and forced it on all my friends (okay, my one friend).

SarahP

@cuminafterall I may have just done exctly that. I also may have recited "Recuerdo" from memory in front of my English class and wrote a poem called "My Recuerdo" that I "performed" at a poetry reading.

Maybe.

Megasus

WHERE CAN I GET ME SOME VELVET ROBES

carolinaclay

is really actually really amazing.@y

Lucienne

Can we talk about how good the Barbara Milford biography is please?!?!?!

Lucienne

@Lucienne I mean Nancy? Why did I write Barbara.

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