Pennsylvania Country Breakfast © Author Adventures

Head to the summit of Mount Penn near Reading, accessed by the Mount Penn Gravity Railroad, to get the full view of the place that inspired the award-winning poetry of Wallace Stevens. Writing in a stream-of-consciousness style, Stevens was part of a group of poets popular in the mid-20th century.

A marker outside his birthplace brings attention to a few of his notable works: Bantams in the Pinewoods, Harmonium, and Auroras of Autumn. His birthplace is not open to the public, but you can hike to his view from Mount Penn.

Read more about him here: poets.org. A list of Wallace Stevens’s selected by poets.org, placed on its website, is quoted here:

Poetry
Harmonium (Alfred A. Knopf, 1923)
Ideas of Order (The Alcestis Press, 1935)
Owl’s Clover (The Alcestis Press, 1936)
The Man With the Blue Guitar (Alfred A. Knopf, 1937)
Notes Towards a Supreme Fiction (The Cummington Press, 1942)
Parts of a World (Alfred A. Knopf, 1942)
Esthétique du Mal (The Cummington Press, 1945)
Three Academic Pieces (The Cummington Press, 1947)
Transport to Summer (Alfred A. Knopf, 1947)
Primitive Like an Orb (Gotham Book Market, 1948)
Auroras of Autumn (Alfred A. Knopf, 1950)
Collected Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 1954)
Opus Posthumous (Alfred A. Knopf, 1957)
The Palm at the End of the Mind (Vintage Books, 1967)

Prose
The Necessary Angel (Alfred A. Knopf, 1951)

Also see our page about Wallace Stevens here: Connecticut.

Mount Penn is the sixth stop on our Pennsylvania Trail!

Patricia Smart