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    UA exhibit celebrates poetry

    Hart Crane, pictured above, a legendary poet who threw himself off of a cruise ship in 1932, is part of a special summer exhibit at the UA Poetry Center.
    Hart Crane, pictured above, a legendary poet who threw himself off of a cruise ship in 1932, is part of a special summer exhibit at the UA Poetry Center.

    Fans of Hart Crane have only a few days left to check out “”Some Fabulous Shadow,”” the UA Poetry Center’s special summer exhibit on the legendary, tormented poet, that closes after this week.

    “”We’ve had a lot of people come to see it,”” said library assistant Renee Angle. “”We had a class where Crane’s poetry was being taught, and I think a lot of the students took advantage of it.””

    The exhibit includes photographs, documentaries, facsimile manuscripts and original editions of Crane’s poetry, including his most famous work, “”The Bridge.””

    Crane threw himself off the side of a cruise ship in 1932 after a lifetime of struggling for recognition. He is now considered one of the most influential American poets of the 20th century.

    The center’s next exhibit, “”Twilight Polka Dots,”” will focus on Barbara Guest, who died this year.

    Guest was a famous poet of the New York School of the 1950s, which also included John Ashbury and Frank O’Hara. The exhibit runs from June 10 through the end of July.

    “”Her work deals with the inner section between visual art and poetry,”” Angle said.

    The final exhibit of summer, “”Generously, specifically, constantly,”” will showcase Gary Snyder, the celebrated Beat writer and environmental activist whose exploits inspired Jack Kerouac’s classic novel “”The Dharma Bums.”” The exhibit opens August 1 and ends September 15.

    “”He was, of all the Beats, probably the most serious about Zen Buddhism,”” Angle said. “”He even went and lived in a monastery for many years.””

    Snyder is the only one of the three poets being showcased this summer who has visited the UA, and photographs of his visits to Tucson will be on display.

    The UA Poetry Center’s summer visiting hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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