Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hadley, Drum Age 77

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hadley, Drum Age 77

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Hadley, Drum age 77, passed away at his mother's family summer home in Cooperstown, New York on November 26, 2015 after a long illness. Drum was predeceased by his parents Willis Dean Hadley and Jacqueline Jones Hadley, and is survived by his three children Lida Hadley (Atty Mullins), Seth Hadley (Sandra Reagan), and Sadie Hadley (Sage Goodwin), by seven grandchildren, sister Hope Hadley Burghardt and brother Willis Dean Hadley, Jr., two former wives, Diana Hadley and Teresa Turner Hadley, his companion Holly Piper, and by many cousins and friends. Important to Drum during his lifetime were poetry, wild landscapes, the cowboy life, and his children. Born in St. Louis County, Missouri on May 27, 1938, Drum attended schools in St. Louis, graduated from Pomfret Academy in Connecticut (1956), and received a B. A. in English Literature (1962) and a Master of Fine Arts in Literature (1965) from the University of Arizona. During the early 1960s, encouraged by his professor Barney Childs, his dear friend and fellow poet Keith Wilson, and the UA Poetry Center, Drum began writing poetry. After attending poetry festivals in Vancouver (1963) and Berkeley (1965), he was befriended by writers of the New American Poetry movement, including Gary Snyder, Allen Ginsburg, and Jim Koller, and became a protg of Charles Olson. He gave readings throughout the West and published poems in numerous literary journals. His first book, The Webbing (published by Donald Allen, Four Seasons Foundation, 1967), was followed by Spirit by the Deep Well Tank (Goliard, 1972), Strands of Rawhide (Goliard,1972), Voice of the Borderlands (Rio Nuevo Press, 2005) and Light Before Dawn (Chax Press, 2010). During the 1960s, Drum worked as a cowboy on cattle ranches, including Ella Dana and Bill Bryan's Dart Ranch in Cochise County, the Elas brother's Rancho San Bernardino in Sonora, where he was part of the range crew for one of the last traditional month-long roundups, and the WS Ranch in northern New Mexico (now the Turner's Vermejo Park Ranch). …

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