9 NE Ohio Forepoets Lindsay

Continuing a series I abandoned in April, I now finish with five Ohio Forepoets, those no longer with us bodily, but remaining in our hearts and heads, where their words reverberate.

Lindsay, 1912


VACHEL LINDSAY (1879-1931) 

Five facts you may not know about Lindsay

 * Lindsay, known as the “Prairie Troubadour,” was the performance poet of his time

* He attended Hiram 1897-1900 to study medicine. Like John Keats, he left that occupation for poetry

* Hiram’s “Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature” is named after him and Hart Crane

* His poem “General William Booth Enters into Heaven,” was made a song by Charles Ives, heard here

* His Illinois birthplace home is open for tours (See information here)

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