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Kathleen Spivack’s ‘With Robert Lowell and His Circle’ remembers Boston poets

Spivack remembers Lowell and his circle

Kathleen Spivack, a senior at Oberlin College in Ohio, arrived in Boston in 1959 to study under poet Robert Lowell. Her first choice had been to go to San Francisco and fling herself at the feet of Allen Ginsberg but she knew there was no way the college would approve of her studying under someone with such “questionable” morals.

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