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From Petals to Paper:
Poetic Inspiration from Flowers


Friday, March 1 - Monday, September 3, 2013
Church Exhibition Gallery, Lyman Plant House

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title panels

A display of contemporary poetry inspired by the beauty of nature, selected by student interns at the Smith College Poetry Center, Janan Scott '13 and Liliana Farrel '13. Poets represented in the exhibit include Li-Young Lee, Jean Valentine, and Louise Glück.
Janan Scott is a senior majoring in African-American studies, with a concentration in poetry. Liliana Farrel, also a senior, is an English Language and Literature major, with a minor in Film Studies, and a concentration in poetry. Both have been working for the Poetry Center for two years. As stated by Scott and Farrel, "the shapes, colors, smells and textures in this stunning array of blooming are reflected in poetry's rhythms, sounds, and images".
Brochure about the poets.
Title Panel PDF
Student Bios Panel PDF



Powerpoint presentation with archival images
and an audio recording of Sylvia Plath reading
her poem, "Tulips".
Courtesy of the Smith College Mortimer Rare Book Room.gallerySylvia Plath reading Tulips

Right: View of exhibition gallery.


Below: Photograph of Sylvia Plath
and her children which inspired
the poem "Perfect Light" by
her husband, Ted Hughes.

Sylvia Plath and childrendisplay case







Above: Display case containing a photograph of Sylvia Plath and her children, early drafts of her poem, "Among the Narcissi", editors' notes from the New Yorker magazine, and the
issue of the New Yorker in which the finished poem was published.

Display case contents courtesy of the Smith College Mortimer Rare Book Room.


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