Group to study Sharon Olds poetry

New Milford Public Library will hold its next poetry book club led by the town’s poet laureate, James Scrimgeour, Feb. 22.

The club will meet the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Main Street library.

Future sessions will be held Feb. 22 (Sharon Olds) and March 22 (William Butler Yeats).

Scrimgeour is a New Milford resident and professor emeritus of English at Western Connecticut State University.

Participants pick up a packet of poems for the meeting during the first week of each month.

For more information, call 860-355-1191, ext. 201 or by visit

Registration is preferred.

Below is a the poem “The Death of Marilyn Monroe by Sharon Olds:

The ambulance men touched her cold

body, lifted it, heavy as iron,

onto the stretcher, tried to close the

mouth, closed the eyes, tied the

arms to the sides, moved a caught

strand of hair, as if it mattered,

saw the shape of her breasts, flattened by

gravity, under the sheet

carried her, as if it were she,

down the steps.

These men were never the same. They went out

afterwards, as they always did,

for a drink or two, but they could not meet

each other’s eyes.

Their lives took

a turn-one had nightmares, strange

pains, impotence, depression. One did not

like his work, his wife looked

different, his kids. Even death

seemed different to him-a place where she

would be waiting,

and one found himself standing at night

in the doorway to a room of sleep, listening to a

woman breathing, just an ordinary