Robert Leary

(New London, Connecticut)

Biography of Robert Leary

I started writing poetry at the age of twenty at the University of Connecticut. At UConn I studied with James Scully and won the Wallace Stevens Award for poetry several times. While there I published poems in the Wormwood Review. Upon graduation I entered Harvard first studying with Richard Tillinghast in the summer. I then was introduced to Robert Lowell, submitted a manuscript and was formally accepted at Harvard to study with Lowell. At Harvard I published poems in the Harvard Advocate. I only recently started writing again for my own entertainment.

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A Partner

A partner’s got to have your back
No handshake cloaked handout
He’s got to be there
Thick or thin
Holding up the space you’re in
Through rapids
And perhaps a fall
To rocks below
Where able to climb out
You pick up and start again
A partner’s got to have your back

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