Poetry & Robert Frost

Beyond the Road Not Taken: the other poetry of Robert Frost.

Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Derry Public Library!

Join Poet Laureate Robert Crawford as he presents his program ‘Beyond the road not taken: The other poetry of Robert Frost’ on Monday, April 17, 6:30 PM. Register online HERE or call 432-6140.

There is far more to Robert Frost’s poetry than pleasant walks in the New England woods and wise words from a Yankee insider. “Robert Frost: Beyond the Road Not Taken” will provide ways of appreciating and enjoying Frost’s poetry at a deeper level. The talk explores the importance of metaphor –conceiving one thing in terms of another — in Frost’s poetry and how he used the stone walls, maple trees, the storied fall of the New England landscape, as metaphorical props.  The audience will see how the New England landscape was vital to each level by taking an in-depth look at poems like The Pasture and Hyla Brook. Crawford will conclude with a discussion of what Frost called “Ulteriority” and how Frost’s being an outsider, not a native New Englander, helped him to see and use the landscape so effectively.

Derry has its first-ever Poet Laureate!

Selected and nominated by the Derry Public Library and endorsed by the Derry Town Council on January 24, 2017, Robert Crawford will serve a term of two years as Derry Poet Laureate.

Congratulatory letter from Senator Jeanne Shaheen

Robert  Crawford has published two books of poetry, The Empty Chair (2011, Richard Wilbur Award), and Too Much Explanation Can Ruin a Man (2005). His sonnets have twice won the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. His poems have appeared in many national journals including The Formalist, First Things, Dark Horse, The Raintown Review, The Lyric, Measure, Light and Forbes. He co-founded the Hyla Brook Poets, and is a long-time member of the Powow River Poets of Newburyport, MA. Currently, he is Co-Chairman of the Robert Frost Farm Board of Trustees, Director of the Frost Farm Poetry Conference and Frost Farm Prize. He is a Frost Farm guide during the season. He lives in Chester, NH, with his wife, the poet Midge Goldberg.


Robert Frost Farm


The Robert Frost Farm was home to Robert Frost and his family from 1900-1911. Frost, one of the nation’s most acclaimed poets whose writings are said to be the epitome of New England, attributed many of his poems to memories from the Derry years. Find out more about this local landmark at the Frost Farm website.

Frost Farm Literary Series

frost farm winter

Inviting guest speakers to Derry to celebrate the work of America’s foremost poet is a tradition at the farm. Lectures are held in the Farm’s barn theater beginning at 2:00 pm and are open to the public free of charge.

Programs are made possible by grants from the New Hampshire Humanities Council and are sponsored by the Division of Parks and Recreation, the Robert Frost Homestead Trustees, and the Friends of the Robert Frost Farm.

Hyla Brook Poets

Frost stone wall

The Hyla Brook Reading Series events take place monthly, May through September, in the intimate space of Robert Frost’s barn. Except for May, which is the third Thursday of the month, all readings take place the second Thursday of the month from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Each reading also features a Hyla Brook Poet and is followed by an Open Mic. Readings are free and open to the public.

Reserve a Museum Pass!

Parks and recreation New Hampshire

Find out in depth information about the Farm on the NH State Parks website.

The Robert Frost Farm State Historic Site is open daily from May 26 to September 1.  The farm is open Wednesday to Sunday September 3 until closing for the season October 13. Operating hours are 10 am to 5 pm.

Tours, displays, a trail, and poetry readings are all available at the park. Seasonal Programs are offered to the public at no charge, and run from May through October. They are made possible by grants from the N.H. Humanities Council and are sponsored by the Division of Parks and Recreation, the Robert Frost Homestead Trustees, and the Friends of the Robert Frost Farm.