Poets in the Garden

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 45 Macculloch Ave Morristown NJ 07960  See map

On Sunday, September 16th at 4 p.m. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum will host their 15th annual Poets in the Garden event. Poet James Richardson will present his work in the museum’s historic gardens. The event promises to be a wonderful opportunity to hear this established writer share his poems in a unique setting.

James Richardson was born in 1950, graduated from Princeton in 1971 and is now Professor of English and Creative Writing at Princeton. He teaches beginning and advanced poetry workshops, Prosody, Reading Literature: Poetry, Contemporary Poetry, and Lyric Poetry.  His books include By the Numbers: Poems and Aphorisms, which was a 2010 National Book Award finalist and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, Interglacial: New and Selected Poems and Aphorisms, which was a finalist for the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award, Vectors: Aphorisms and Ten Second Essays (e.g. "All work is the avoidance of harder work" "You've never said anything as stupid as what people thought you said"), How Things Are, A Suite for Lucretians, As If, Second Guesses, Reservations and two critical studies.

Recipient of the 2011 Jackson Poetry Prize, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Robert H. Winner, Cecil Hemley and Emily Dickinson Awards of the Poetry Society of America, Richardson has recent poems and aphorisms in Slate, The New Yorker, Paris Review, Poetry Daily, Harold Blooms American Religious Poems, David Lehmans Great American Prose Poems: Poe to the Present, the 2010 Pushcart Prize Anthology, Gearys Guide to the World's Great Aphorists, and five recent editions of The Best American Poetry, as well as talks and essays on Bishop, Gregg, Larkin, Merrill, Merwin, Browning, Van Duyn, proverbs and aphorisms, dead lady poems, and how the brain dreams and reads.


Visitors to the Museum can also enjoy the current exhibit The Other Side of War: The Civil War on the Home Front.  Life on the home front was not easy for loved ones whom the soldiers left behind. Women played an important role in the Union war effort; starting the U.S. Sanitary Commission, serving as nurses, gathering goods and raising money for the soldiers all contributed to the Union victory. The exhibit features letters to loved ones back home, Lincoln memorabilia from the Museum's collection including a plate from his White House china, and a document signed by Lincoln as President and also by the Secretary of War.  The Museum will remain open until 4pm when the program begins.  Admission is Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 – 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free. Entrance to the program is included with regular museum admission. Please no dogs during programs in the garden. We are pleased to offer accessible restroom facilities during garden events this summer.  In the case of inclement weather the performance will be moved indoors. The announcement will be made on the Museum’s main phone message on performance day.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs. The Museum is open to tour the house and view exhibits on Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. General Admission: Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 – 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free. The last tickets for admission are sold at 3 p.m. School tours, adult/senior tours and rentals may be scheduled by appointment. For information, call the Museum weekdays at (973) 538-2404 ext. 10, visit our website www.maccullochhall.org or find us on Facebook. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is a nonprofit educational affiliate of the W. Parsons Todd Foundation.


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