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Theodore Vernon Enslin, American poet. Recipient Niemann award for weekly newspaper column The Cape Codder, 1955, Hart Crane Memorial award, 1969, Fortner award St. Andrews College, 2006; Distinguished vis professor Bowling Green State University, 1989. Member American Foundation for Homeopathy.


Enslin, Theodore Vernon was born on March 25, 1925 in Chester, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Morton Scott and Ruth May (Tuttle).


He studied musical composition at Cambridge, Massachusetts. His teacher, Nadia Boulanger, was the first person to recognize his ability as a writer and encouraged him to pursue his interest in poetry.


He is widely regarded as one of the most musical of American avant-garde poets. He has said "I like to be considered as a composer who happens to use words instead of notes." His first book, The Work Proposed, was published by Origin in 1958. Enslin moved to Maine in 1960 and has lived in Washington County ever since, working at odd jobs and making and selling handmade walking sticks.

The Maine landscape forms an integral part of his poetry, as does the isolation, both geographic and in terms of distance from literary fashion and the academy his life on the physical margin of the United States allows. Ranger 1978 is one of the key American long poems of the second half of the 20th century. He died in Milbridge, Maine on November 21, 2011.

The Theordore Enslin Papers are housed in the Fales Library at New York University.



Quotations: "I like to be considered as a composer who happens to use words instead of notes.".


Member American Foundation for Homoeopathy.


Married Mildred Marie Stout, August 1, 1945 (divorced). Children– Deirdre, Jonathan Morton. Married Alison Jane Jose, September 14.

1969; 1 son, Jacob Hezekiah.

Morton Scott Enslin

Ruth May (Tuttle) Enslin

Mildred Marie Stout

Alison Jane Jose

Deirdre Enslin

Jonathan Morton Enslin