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Poets named for hospitals


Edna St. Vincent Millay, Digital ID TH-36134, New York Public LibraryPoets named for hospitals is a very short list.

In fact, Edna St. Vincent Millay is probably the only major poet who would be on such a list. Frankly, I can't think of anyone else named for a hospital, let alone a poet, and if you know of one, please let us all know in a comment.

Edna's uncle's life was saved by the staff of St. Vincent Hospital shortly before Edna's birth in Rockland, Maine -- consequently, Edna's middle name. Somehow this still seems odd. What if her uncle had been saved at Mt. Sinai? Columbia-Presbyterian?

Appropriately, Edna, or Vincent, as she liked to be called, came into her own in the Village, living in the famous narrowest house of the city at 75 1/2 Bedford Street, about a three minute walk from Hudson Park. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923, the first woman to do so.

Hudson Park is currently hosting a display about the life of Vincent in its Reference Room Gallery. April, aka National Poetry Month, is a great time to check it out!


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Named after Hospitals

I think it is also valid to ask what if other poets or writers were named after St. Vincent's Hospital? It almost works for any name: - Wallace St. Vincent Stevens - Robert St. Vincent Frost - Gertrude St. Vincent Stein - T.S. St. Vincent Eliot - William St. Vincent Carlos Williams Also, check on the ESVM front check-out the concept album "No Clothes on Ragged Island" by NYC indie rock band Ghost Ghost inspired by Millay's life.

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