He grew up in rural __________. He went off to __________ University, hoping he’d be surrounded by other people who liked to read and talk about ideas. He was disappointed to find that most of the people that he met were more interested in their social lives.
In 19__, he had a nervous breakdown, was put in a psychiatric hospital, and got electroshock therapy. He was released 18 months later and went into isolation in a small cabin. He said, “The isolation afforded me the opportunity to put everything together, the land and seasons, the people, my family, my work, my evolving sense of survival … in one tightly integrated imaginative structure. The results were my poems.”
Though he only published four slim books of poetry, a total of only 117 poems. He was a poet who managed to write very beautiful poems that incorporated all sorts of four-letter words.
He wrote in a letter, “I feel I am landed on my 45th year as if washed up on a rock, not knowing how I got here or ever had a chance of being anywhere else… Anyone would think I was Tolstoy, the value I put on writing, but it hasn’t amounted to much.”