The Grolier’s SOS

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 12/19/2003 - 16:15

Don Saklad shares with us This Piece on Harvard Square’s Grolier Poetry Book Shop, one of only two stores in the US devoted to poetry. The Grolier has been in business since 1927, and, in the intervening years, its shelves have been browsed by the likes of T.S. Eliot, Robert Lowell, e.e. cummings, Allen Ginsberg, and Marianne Moore. Today, the store hosts a well-regarded reading series, and is the "engine" — as owner Louisa Solano puts it — that drives the annual Grolier Poetry Prize. But now, to put it bluntly, Solano finds herself in a hole, she might have to close down.