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Exploring Derry's Backyard Wildlife Through the Poetry of Robert Frost

The famed English scientist T.H. Huxley once wrote that "Science and literature are not two things, but two sides of one thing." Local naturalist and literature buff T.J. Cullinane will explore this theme in a review of select works by Robert Frost. Nature features prominently in any number of Frost poems, and the tree frogs, bluebirds, and phoebes he wrote of are familiar backyard visitors in Derry and the surrounding communities. In his discussion, T.J. will argue that the owl that “banked just in time to pass / And save herself from breaking window glass,” was a barred owl. He'll reveal the identity of the bird that refused to surrender its white tail feather to the narrator of “The Wood-Pile” as a dark-eyed junco. If you’ve ever found yourself amused by the “mute antics of a bat” or ever wondered if the large furry creature with a burrow under your deck was a drumlin woodchuck, then please join us Sunday afternoon for a lively and engaging discussion.  

About the Presenter


T.J. Cullinane received a B.A. in Literature from Salem State University and an MPA from the University of Oklahoma. After completing a 20-year career as an infantryman in the United States Army, he settled in Derry, New Hampshire, just three miles away from the Frost Farm. Currently employed in the aerospace Industry in Massachusetts, T.J. actively volunteers with the Friends of Forest Hill Cemetery, the Derry History Museum, and the Derry Heritage Commission.  

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