LEOMINSTER — National Poetry Month comes to an end at the Leominster Public Library with a unique, riveting performance by talented actor and library favorite Stephen Collins.
“An Evening with Robert Frost” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in the library’s Community Room, located at 30 West St.
Collins will begin with a short biographical introduction into the life of the often greatly misunderstood poet.
“Certain people, some academics and politicians included, have tried to pigeonhole Frost as a simple purveyor of homespun wisdom,” said Diane Sanabria, Leominster Public Library’s Local History and Genealogy Librarian. “The poet, however, is far more complicated than the surface indicates.”
This was, after all, a man who voted for Eugene Debs, one of the best-known Socialists of the United States, but was vehemently opposed to Franklin Roosevelt and “The New Deal”.
“It is this complicated man that Collins brings to life through his poems, which are often a struggle between chaos and order,” Sanabria said.
As part of the performance, an open discussion of the following poems will be included “A Tuft of Flowers”; “Mending Wall”; “Birches”; “After Apple Picking”; “Acquainted with the Night”; and “Desert Places”.
Audience participation is welcomed for those who have read the poems and want to join in the discussion.
The performance closes with a dramatic reading of Frost’s masterful use of blank verse in the hauntingly memorable “The Death of the Hired Man”.
Collin’s one-man shows hold his audiences spellbound.
“I strive to convey an understanding of the impact and the reactions of the characters I portray to their respective times,” Collins said. “It is my hope to give the audience not just a performance, but an experience they will not soon forget.”
Collins grew up in Cambridge and received his BA in Literature from UMass Boston. He is a performer and a teacher who has been met with rave reviews for over a decade from audiences across New England.
This program is free of charge; registration is not required.
For more information on this program, or other Leominster Public Library events, call 978-534-7522 or visit leominsterlibrary.org.