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Murray “Mac” Dewart ’66
Editor, Poems About Sculpture

Poems About Sculpture is an anthology of poetry—from around the world and across the ages—about humanity’s most enduring art form. Inspired by the ideas embodied in monumental temples and fragmented statues of ancient civilizations, poets over the centuries have converted their reactions to physical materials—clay, wood, glass, marble, granite, bronze—into poetic verse. This anthology, with foreword by Robert Pinsky, ranges from Keats’ Grecian urn and Shelley’s “Ozymandias,” to contemporary works about Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Janet Echelman’s wind-borne hovering nets. Sculptures commemorating love or war, objects or apparitions, forms human or divine, have evoked responses from poets, including Homer, Ovid, Shakespeare, Baudelaire, Rilke, Dickinson, Yeats, Auden and Plath. A compendium of one art form reflecting on another, Poems About Sculpture is a treat for art lovers of all kinds.

Mac Dewart has been creating sculptures for decades. His large-scale works have been on display in museums and exhibition spaces from as nearby as Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, to places as far as China, Peru and Russia.

HAVING FUN

How does fun figure in your life? Finding joy in the pursuit of an activity, or a craft or a skill, is valuable beyond its short-term pleasure. Play, even when it’s actually hard work, profoundly affects emotional balance, self-esteem, competency and drive. Play is a vital resource for successful people. In this issue, Milton Magazine brings stories about alumni ventures that have been labors of love. An observer might think their work looks like fun. Driven by a particular passion, these alumni end up pursuing creative work that is as challenging as it is rewarding.

We ask Milton students, as well, to describe how they find fun in their busy, committed lives.