Wallace Stevens’s Stuck Moment as a Waffler

October 18, 2011

His stuck moment: Quashing his impulse to write verse, Wallace following in his father’s footsteps and practiced law; he later became an insurance executive. 

He takes a stand: Still uncertain about poetry as a way of life, he took a chance at age 35 by submitting a group of poems to a “Poetry” magazine competition under the pseudonym Peter Parasol.

Unstuck result: Wallace didn’t win the competition, but one of his poems was published in the magazine. He went on to publish nine books of poetry, and is considered a major American poet. 

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