In an exceptionally gifted generation of American poets, Robert Lowell was, in his lifetime, number one. That was the critical consensus at least after Robert Frost’s death in 1963 left space at the head of the table. Since Lowell’s own death in 1977, however, his reputation has waned, while others in his circle – especially his friend Elizabeth Bishop – have outstripped him.
In 1975, the poet Robert Lowell wrote to his friend Elizabeth Bishop: “How different prose is; the two mediums just refuse to say the same things.” Lowell explained that he’d been working on an obituary for the philosopher Hannah Arendt, but “without verse … I found it hard, I was naked without my line-ends”.
“Mitch” Robert Lowell Comstock was born November 3, 1968, in Germany; and on February 15, 2022, he passed into the eternal presence of his Savior Jesus Christ. He is survived by his wife, Misti; his sons, Jonathan, Colt, Heath, and Samuel; his parents, Bob and Sandy; and his siblings, Renee Comstock Supper, Randy, and Ricky Comstock.