Bliss Carman (1861-1929) was a Canadian-born poet who spent most of his life in New England. He is best known for the Songs From Vagabondia series of poetry books co-authored with fellow Visionist Richard Hovey, and published by Copeland and Day. He originally came to the Boston area to attend Harvard, returned briefly to New Brunswick, then came back to Boston because it was “one of the few places where my critical education and tastes could be of any use to me in earning money.”
Copeland and Day printed a limited edition pamphlet of Carman’s poem “St. Kavin” that was distributed only to Visionist members. A hand-written note on one member’s copy calls Carman “the prince of Visionists”.
Above: Portrait of Bliss Carman by Pirie MacDonald. A print at the Library of Congress.