Laden with all that good Lilly pharmaceutical money—about $100 million of it, given by heiress Ruth Lilly in 2002—the Poetry Foundation built itself a new building at the corner of Superior and Dearborn. Now it’s throwing a housewarming, with events Saturday, June 25, 10 AM to 7 PM, and Sunday, June 26, 10 AM to 8:30 PM. The major attractions—poetry readings by the likes of Sandra Cisneros, Obama inaugural bard Elizabeth Alexander, and past U.S. poets laureate Robert Hass and Billy Collins—are reservations-only and all full up, but there are also plenty of come-one-come-all book signings, and a glass-and-steel building with an interior arbor to explore.
The Poetry Foundation publishes Poetry magazine, which will celebrate its centennial next year. Browsing through the foundation’s excellent online archive, I came across a poem you probably know that debuted in Poetry‘s March, 1914, issue. It may not be the author’s best, but it’s certainly one of his greatest: