“Busts of the Mercantile” Wednesday: Robert Frost

img_0400.JPGIt is a proven fact that if you start a paragraph with the word poetry the human eye reflexively skips to the next paragraph and never comes back, so that if we wanted, we could have started this paragraph with “Poetry has its place in the busts at…” and then put our PINs and SSNs and VINs and the combination to the safe and maybe some libelous comments and they would have been unread forever maybe even by the search engines which would be too bad, because it turns out that there is actually a very good poetry collection here and three poetic busts in addition to the Library being the home of the Walnut Street Poetry Society. Today’s poetic bust is Robert Frost, who’s parked on his custom crafted bracket between the windows in the poetry alcove (name another library that’s hung onto its alcoves instead of mowing them down to make infomodules). The Frost bust isn’t actually a bust, it’s just a head ending in a dashing open collar, but it takes too long to talk about our highly regarded bust and head collection. The Frost is the only bronze, here. When it arrived in the 1990s, it was the first bit of sculpture since the nineteenth century. He’s still the only twentieth century guy in the collection.

-Nemo Wolfe

More BOTM can be found HERE.

Published in: on October 4, 2006 at 5:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

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