ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Alec Emerson, Great-Great-Grandson of 19th Century poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, will offer an evening of poetry recitations at the Atlantic Highlands Public Library, 48 Avenue C, Atlantic Highlands, on Wednesday, March 16, at 7 PM. The first half of his presentation will be an exploration of work of some of the classic poets; the second half will be a delivery of some of his original pieces, many of which discuss the wages of war.
Mr. Emerson, a native of Concord, MA, wasn’t always a poet. While studying organic chemistry at Harvard in 1968, Alec received news that the helicopter of his brother, Bing, had been shot down. Shortly thereafter, Bing died. Alec went on to graduate from Harvard a year later. The pain of Bing’s death was always present with Alec along the career paths he subsequently traveled. Somber Reunion, the first book of three that Alec has written, centered on the loss of his brother. Written twenty years after the tragic event, the book was inspired at a poetry workshop offered by Vietnam vets, who gave him encouragement in his endeavor. It would be 12 years before he wrote his subsequent Connected Words. All three books reflect his pacifism. His readings are free to the public. For more information, please call the Library at 732-291-1956.