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  • Collection: Robert Francis Collection

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The bookmark from The Jones Library features the library's hours, including the hours for the Special Collections department, as well as a poem, "Balance," by Robert Francis.

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Photograph of poet Robert Francis in a suit and jacket, wearing a tie

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The winning entry from the Sixth National Italic Handwriting Competition features "Watching Gymnasts," a poem by Robert Francis. Wendy Larson of Portland, Oregon won first prize.

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Letter from the Rands (signed F.P.R. for Frank Prentice Rand) to Robert Francis sending Francis their best wishes before he travels to Italy.

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A letter to Robert Francis from Lloyd J. Reynolds,Professor of Art at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, asking permission to use Francis' poem, "Watching Gymnasts," as part of the sixth National Italic Handwriting Competition.

Robert Francis visits The Jones Library
Compiled video clips from the raw footage taken during the filming of the 1979 documentary "Robert Francis Through the Looking Glass" shows Robert Francis walking into The Jones Library, reading a newspaper, selecting a book, and visiting the Robert…

Robert Francis - raspberry poem.mp4
Robert Francis recites his poem, "Paradox," while standing by a raspberry bush. This clip is from the raw footage filmed for the "Robert Francis: Through the Looking Glass" documentary.

Robert Francis on naming of Fort Juniper.mp4
Robert Francis relates how his home came to be known as Fort Juniper. This clip is from the raw footage filmed for the "Robert Francis: Through the Looking Glass" documentary.

Robert Francis on Thoreau.mp4
Robert Francis talks about the influence of Henry David Thoreau on his life and writing as well as the philosophical differences between Thoreau's and his own view of nature. This clip is from the raw footage filmed for the "Robert Francis: Through…

Robert Francis on his word count poems.mp4
Amherst poet Robert Francis describes his word count poems, in which each line of a poem has the same number of words.

Robert Francis on his writing process.mp4
Robert Francis discusses his writing process and states that it is one of revision. He considers a poem finished when he publishes it.

Robert Francis on his first book.mp4
Amherst poet Robert Francis talks about the importance of the 1936 publication of his first book of poetry, Stand With Me Here.

Robert Francis on the praying mantis.mp4
Amherst poet Robert Francis discusses his fascination with and study of the praying mantis. Includes an anecdote about Robert Frost visiting Francis and remarking that the praying mantis shows "so clearly what it is in nature that you don't like."

Robert Francis on his philosophy of eating.mp4
Amherst poet Robert Francis discusses his four point policy, or philosophy, with regards to eating and food.

Robert Francis on making a living as a poet.mp4
Amherst poet Robert Francis responds to the question of whether he earns a living entirely from poetry.
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