Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Deaths of Minor American Poets: The Answers

Thanks to those of you who participated in the Deaths of Minor American Poets Quiz in celebration of one year of Literary Facts of the Day on Twitter. Here are the answers:

Theodore Roethke suffered a heart attack in friend's swimming pool

 Robert Johnson drank whiskey poisoned by bartender (allegedly over a woman)

Philip Freneau died in a snowstorm while walking home from a tavern

Weldon Kees just up and disappeared.

Randall Jarrell was hiit by car while walking to hospital to receive treatment for injuries suffered during a suicide attempt.

Adelaide Crapsey died from tuberculosis of the brain lining.

Lew Welch left an ominous note, walked into the woods with a rifle, and was never seen again. 

Frank O'Hara was hit by a dune buggy.

Jack Spicer succumbed to psoriosis, and his last words were "My vocabulary did this to me."

Congratulations to Robert, who got them all correct. Jesse Ball's The Curfew is winging its way to you as we speak. 

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