Conrad Aiken

1889–1973
Conrad  Aiken

Born in Savannah, Georgia, Conrad Aiken suffered a shattering trauma at the age of 11, when his father, in a fit of insane rage, killed Conrad’s mother and himself. After attending Harvard, where he became close friends with T. S. Eliot, Aiken embarked on a prolific career, writing fiction, criticism, and autobiography in addition to poetry. Deeply influenced by the psychological theories of Freud—Freud’s waiting room featured one of his books—Aiken wrote lyrics notable for their searching introspection and strong musicality.

Poems