I choose to be a plain New Hampshire farmer
With an income in cash of say a thousand
(From say a publisher in New York City).
Robert Frost spent only five years (1915-20) in a plain white farmhouse in the sleepy mountain town of Franconia, N.H., before moving on to Vermont. Nonetheless, townspeople decided to buy the house for $55,000 as a Bicentennial project and lend it rent free to a young poet for the summer, with $ 1,000 thrown in for groceries. The choice of the poet was left to the editors of the Atlantic Monthly, which published many of Frost's poems.