The Emperor of Ice-Cream
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For all of you wanting just a good, clear, get-to-the point look at the life of the poet and his work.
Folks just can't seem to get over the stark contrast between Wallace Stevens the man and Wallace Stevens the poet. Why couldn't he just stumble out of bars screaming at the heavens like a normal poet?
Check out this group of Wallace Stevens fans (and… others), based in Stevens' home of Hartford, Connecticut.
These guys do a pretty great job of capturing the weirdness and fun of "The Emperor of Ice-Cream" in their short animated video.
Check out Bill Murray reading a poem by Wallace Stevens, even if it's just to hear Murray's quirky voice.
Check out this passable, '90s-era pop rock outfit from Ireland. Ladies and gentleman, The Emperor of Ice-Cream!
We like this rich-voiced presentation.
Here's another audio version.
Articles and Interviews
Here's an interview with the New York Times back in 1954. It's a good snapshot of the poet, his work, and his attitude about life.
The poet's own obituary is worth having a look at, considering the context of "The Emperor of Ice-Cream."
Check out this pretty lukewarm review of Stevens' first book, Harmonium.
At least one writer imagines the connection.
Philosophy and poetry don't have to be totally unapproachable and this writer does a great job of breaking things down for us when it comes to Wallace Stevens.
Critic George Lensing provides a concise (still a book) yet interesting run-through of the poet's life and work.
It's always fun exploring the nitty-gritty of poets' lives… if you're not the poet, that is. But if your daughter puts it together, it can't be that bad, right?
Just imagine the ideas rolling around in ol' Wallace's noggin.
Here is a cool artist's interpretation of "The Emperor of Ice-Cream."
Another interpretation can be found here.