Nation: Muses' Choice

While the Republicans were gathering in Miami Beach and Hubert Humphrey was campaigning in the Midwest, Eugene McCarthy was incommunicado at week's end on an island off Maine, relaxing and visiting with his good friend, Poet Robert Lowell. An odd combination? Not exactly, for if Eugene McCarthy is a very cool politician, he is also an ardent versifier. If elected, he would be the first dedicated President-poet since John Quincy Adams—and one of the few rhymemakers in the contemporary world to double as head of government.*

Though he has always been a poetry buff,...

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