By Dick Allen
On December 27, 2017, the poet Dick Allen passed away. He had a long and productive writing career, publishing several collections including, most recently, This Shadowy Place, which won the 2013 New Criterion Poetry Prize, as well as Present Vanishing: Poems (2008). Former poet laureate of the state of Connecticut, Allen retired from his endowed chair at the University of Bridgeport in 2001. In 2013, he joined other artists, writers, community members, and students at a Western Connecticut State University event to support one another in the aftermath of the nearby Sandy Hook shootings. Allan’s poem, “Solace,” was accompanied by music by Pulitzer-prize-winning composer William Bolcom. Both Bolcom and Allan agreed to share the musical score with choirs who may want to perform it. You can listen to Allen read “Solace” and listen to the choral performance here.