Poetry Discussion with Janet Krauss: The Poetry of Dylan Thomas (Zoom)

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Event Details

Please join us online as Janet Krauss leads a discussion of a selection of poems by Dylan Thomas. A readings packet will be emailed in advance of the program.

No charge for the program. Advance registration required. Register online in order to receive the Zoom session invitation link and readings packet. Please email Michael Bellacosa at mbellacosa@wiltonlibrary.org with any questions.

Someone called Dylan Thomas, “the Celtic bard with the magical rant.” He was born in Swansea, Wales in 1914 and began writing poetry as a child consumed by his love of words. Recognized in early teens as a gifted poet, Thomas glided into the 20th-century movement of Romanticism showering the Western world with his verse, words filled with multiple meanings, sounds and rhythms - sheer lyricism involving emotions and images of nature. It is said that for him God was the equivalent of Nature, the Life Force, Sex and the god within himself. We shall see his gift at play in the poems we will discuss.

He had two problems that plagued him: alcohol and a means to make a living. As a writer of documentaries and radio scripts during WWII, he was able to support his family. His own radio plays Under Milkwood and A Child’s Christmas in Wales found homes on the radio. In his later years he earned money through his poetry reading tours in New York. He died in Manhattan in 1953, a victim of alcohol and drug abuse.

His family and devoted followers rejoice that The Dylan Thomas Centre was built in 2014 in Swansea, his birthplace. There exhibits, photos, studies and events of the famous poet’s life are on permanent display.

Janet Krauss, who has two books of poetry published, “Borrowed Scenery,” Yuganta Press, and “Through the Trees of Autumn,” Spartina Press, has recently retired from teaching English at Fairfield University. Her mission is to help and guide Bridgeport’s  young children through her teaching creative writing, leading book clubs and reading to and engaging a kindergarten class. As a poet, she co-directs the poetry program of the Black Rock Art Guild. Several of her poems have been published in Amethyst Review.

Event Type(s): Online Event
Age Group(s): Adults

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