Answers to Strange American Poetic Deaths

1. Theodore Roethke- Heart attack in friend’s swimming pool.
2. Robert Johnson – Drank whiskey poisoned by bartender
3. Philip Freneau- Died in a snowstorm while walking home from a tavern.
4. Weldon Kees – Disappeared, north side of Golden Gate Bridge, body never recovered
5. Randall Jarrell – Hit by car while walking to hospital to receive treatment for injuries suffered during a suicide attempt
6. Adelaide Crapsey- Tuberculosis of the brain lining
7. Lew Welch – Walked off with rifle. Never seen again.
8. Frank O’Hara – Hit by a dune buggy.
9. Jack Spicer – Psoriosis .
10. John Berryman – Jumped off the Washington Avenue Bridge between St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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One Response to Answers to Strange American Poetic Deaths

  1. I think my favourite has to be no.5… Oh dear…

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