POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Award-winning poet Peter Kane Dufault will read from his collection To Be In The Same World on Wednesday, November 28, at 6 pm, in the Sanders Classroom Auditorium (Room 212) at Vassar College. This event is free and open to the public.
Dufault is lauded as a contemporary update of the “American Sublime” tradition of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman, in which nature is portrayed as the bedrock of ethics and spirituality. According to English poet Ted Hughes, Dufault’s poetry is able to “snatch those unsnatchable moments.”
Now 84 years old, Dufault has written poetry for almost 60 years. His work has appeared in magazines such as The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New Republic, Atlantic, Poetry Magazine, and Spectator (England), and anthologies including The 1996 Norton Anthology of Poetry. In addition to three books – On Balance (1954), New Things Come Into This World (1993), and Looking in All Directions: Selected Poems (2000), which was awarded Poetry Book of the Year by Spectator – Dufault’s collected poems, To Be In The Same World, will be released in December.
Born and raised in New York, Dufault attended Harvard University and served as a bomber pilot during World War II. After a stint as a newspaper journalist and editor, and later as a teacher of American history, he ran for Congress in 1968 in Columbia County, NY on an anti-war platform. A former visiting critic at Williams College, and twice poet-in-residence at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival in England, Dufault is currently the Democratic Elections Inspector in Hillsdale, NY.
In addition to selections from To Be In The Same World, Dufault will read from his 1988 poem “Memorandum To The Age Of Reason,” written in response to the Iran Contra Hearings. The reading will be followed by a question and answer session.
This event will be filmed for inclusion in Stations of the Double-Cross: An American Poet’s State of the Union, a documentary about Dufault to be finished by September 2008.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.