DERRY — He’s had this book forming in his head since he was a high school student.
For Derry town historian Richard Holmes, it’s been a long labor of love to get to the point where he is now writing a book on the life of Robert Frost and his years living and teaching in Derry.
Holmes will be joined by local poet Robert Crawford for a program at Derry Public Library on Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. The program, “The Day That Made Robert Frost,” will give people a look into how Frost came to teach at Pinkerton Academy while living at his farm on Route 28.
That includes the day in February 1906 when Frost got a job teaching English at Pinkerton. Holmes said if things had gone differently that day, it would have been a different world in Derry and for Frost.
A local newspaper at that time, the Derry Enterprise, published a Frost poem on the front page, giving the local poet a new identify and a legion of support for his lyrical talents.
Holmes said his book will have about 220 pages when complete and will give many new details on the poet’s experiences in Derry.
“Everything I’m going to say is new,” Holmes said.
Holmes said Frost lived a long, hearty life after leaving Derry. The poet died in 1963. Many books written while he was alive and since his death have dealt with specific details about the poet that many readers and fans are familiar with.
Holmes said in his research he has found many new things to share.
“I’m also taking a lot of sources and bringing it into one package,” he said.
There is no set title for the new book, Holmes said, but he is in contact with Frost family members to get their views and advice.