Cornell and its natural surroundings inspire a startling number of writers, and a new exhibit in Olin Library celebrates the work of poets who have taught or studied far above Cayuga’s waters.
The display, curated by poet and librarian Fred Muratori, features six Cornell poets, from A.R. Ammons to Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, whose work has garnered substantial recognition among critics and peers.
Each poet is represented through a poem that takes the Cornell campus or its natural surroundings as a vantage point from which to examine the outer and the inner life, mapping the metaphysical borderland that merges personal experience with human consciousness.
The selection samples a half-century of writing, from the 1950s to the present. Stop by Olin’s first-floor lobby to take a look.