At incredible speed, traveling day and night,
Through blizzards and desert heat, across torrents,
through narrow passes.
But will he know where to find you,
Recognize you when he sees you,
Give you the thing he has for you?” —
When asked about his new position as Chairman of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, Tom Healy, ever the poet, responds in verse…
To Healy, who also serves as Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at The New School, these lines from John Ashbery’s “At North Farm” express the challenge and opportunity of education in our connected world.