Fred Marchant


Biography of Fred Marchant

Fred Marchant is an American poet, and Professor of English and Literature at Suffolk University. He is the director of both the Creative Writing program and The Poetry Center at Suffolk University.

In 1970, he became one of the first officers of the US Marine Corps to be honorably discharged as a conscientious objectors in the Vietnam war.

He is the author of four books of poetry, of which Tipping Point was the winner of the 1993 Washington Prize in poetry. He is a graduate of Brown University, and earned a PhD from The University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought.

He lives in Arlington, MA.

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The Salt Stronger

I have seen the legislators
on their way,
the jacketless men
in mid-winter who will cast
their votes like stones for this war.

Men who have to cross the street
through slush
and over gutter, their cuffs

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