Photo: Carl Sandburg with his friend Marilyn Monroe, circa 1960.

The actress and the poet first met when Sandburg was in Hollywood working on a movie script and was assigned (and perhaps this is apocryphal) to use her dressing room as a temporary office. When Monroe later visited Sandburg in New York, she showed up with her hair a shade of platinum blonde that people thought she’d colored to match Sandburg’s white mane. Reflecting on Marilyn, Sandburg said: ”She had a mind out of the ordinary for show people. I found her well read. I gave her a book of my complete poetry. I wanted her to have it.”