Happy New Year from the PLC

A new year is upon us, which brings with it reflections on the year behind us. We at the PLC thank you, our readers and audiences, for a literary year to remember, and offer you best wishes for the year to come.

And now, the inevitable question: How will you be ringing in the new year?

Many of us may take a cue from Walt Whitman and spend a quiet evening at home in a comfy chair.

Walt Whitman, 1819 to 1892. ca. 1896. //www.loc.gov/item/2003670027/.

Walt Whitman, 1819 to 1892. ca. 1896. //www.loc.gov/item/2003670027/.


Others, perhaps, will don fancy costumes and dance the night away like Edna St. Vincent Millay (third from the right).

William Zorach and others, in costume, on a small stage / Peter A. Juley & Son]. ca. 1917. //www.loc.gov/item/2007680351/

William Zorach and others, in costume, on a small stage / Peter A. Juley & Son. ca. 1917. //www.loc.gov/item/2007680351/


Or, if you’re like Allen Ginsberg, maybe you’ll invite Bob Dylan over for a celebratory meal.

Bob Dylan with guitar, Alan Ginsburg, and man with a child, seated in breakfast nook in kitchen / Gilbert-Look. 1964. //www.loc.gov/item/2002709174/

Bob Dylan with guitar, Alan Ginsburg, and man with a child, seated in breakfast nook in kitchen. 1964. //www.loc.gov/item/2002709174/


Will you, as Robert Frost prefers, celebrate with a festive cake after dinner (or before dinner; no one’s judging)?

Robert Frost, poet. 1959. //www.loc.gov/item/98506681/

Robert Frost, poet. 1959. //www.loc.gov/item/98506681/


And shall we all link arms as the clock strikes midnight and sing “Auld Lang Syne,” most likely first recorded in writing by poet Robert Burns?

Robert Burns, Ayr, Scotland. [between and Ca. 1900, ca. 1890] //www.loc.gov/item/2001703585/

Robert Burns, Ayr, Scotland. [between and Ca. 1900, ca. 1890]. //www.loc.gov/item/2001703585/


No matter how you choose to head into 2017, the Poetry and Literature Center will be waiting for you on the other side. We can’t wait to share another year with you, dear friends!

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