Explaining that his poetry was "a little bit of miraculism," American poet John Crow Ransom read selections from his volume, Poems and Essays (1955) in Skinner Hall. "At the outset of his reading," reported Esther Webster '59 in The Miscellany News, "Mr. Ransom said that poetry was 'a little bit of miraculism.' He explained that the reader looks at a poem and says, 'wonderful,' and upon looking further, 'marvelous,' until, at the last, exclaims, 'miraculous.' The delight and enjoyment with which the audience received Mr. Ransom's poetry indicates a response to more than just 'a little bit' of miraculism."