Our Poetry Project
(For more info and guidelines to the project, select the project link on the left)
The Oven Bird
There is a singer everyone has heard,
Loud, a mid-summer and a mid-wood bird,
Who makes the solid tree trunks sound again.
He says that leaves are old and that for flowers Mid-summer is to spring as one to ten.
He says the early petal-fall is past
When pear and cherry bloom went down in showers On sunny days a moment overcast;
And comes that other fall we name the fall.
He says the highway dust is over all.
The bird would cease and be as other birds
But that he knows in singing not to sing.
The question that he frames in all but words
Is what to make of a diminished thing.
— Robert Frost
Michael Stein: There are a couple of W.B. Yeats poems I like as much, but they’re quite long, and this one by Frost seems particularly à propos.
Bottom image: At long last!! Our Class lunch at the Yale Club of NYC. Great to see Serena Fox, Charles Kaplan, Lisa Kaslow, Lila Locksley (Charles Keefe’s widow), Andrea Miller, BK Munguia, Michael Stein, Laurie Stevens, Greg Zorthian (Zorro), Richard Reiner, and yours truly. What a truly good-looking and interesting group! The next one will be in the fall. In the meantime, hope everyone has a great summer. Much aloha, Nancy
At long last, our class has its own private website! In addition to links to the Alumni Directory, In Memoriam, Yale Alumni Magazine and more, we have added links to showcase our classmates’ artistic endeavors in the fields of books, art, music, cooking, and acting. Julie Sullivan has agreed to help oversee these sections and Elissa Bernstein has agreed to head up the section on cooking. We have also added a link to enable you to join Circletime, which is our Class Book Club, run by Jackie Austin. This is definitely a work in progress and we welcome your participation and suggestions.
Tommy Bourgeois, Class Secretary
Nancy Young, Class Treasurer
Posted July 26, 2023. A group of our classmates: Chris Donnelly, Michael Albis and his wife, Jackie, and Nancy Young joined our very own Joyce Maynard at a book signing of her latest novel, The Bird Hotel. Joyce is a best-selling author and has published twenty books, both fiction and non-fiction and hundreds of essays. She is finishing up her next novel, How the Light Gets In, the sequel to Count the Ways which was an Amazon Best Book in 2021 and will be published in 2024.
July 24, 2023: Lori Andrews’ essay, “A complaint to Mattel about my doll led me to become a lawyer.” Read it here.
Classmate Peter Halley’s featured in “The 13 Most Extraordinary Art Exhibits to Catch Worldwide in 2023.” His work is being exhibited in Luxembourg. The direct link to Peter’s collection is here.
Our huge 70th Birthday Bash was a roaring success! Click to read the report, and to see the photos. Video of Jumpin’ Jack Flash to come!
Great News from Ben Yagoda! – click for the McDowell Colony press release