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Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop is one of my favorite poets, and she actually didn’t write all that many poems throughout her life (compared to other poets who lived as long as she did). She was meticulous, picking and choosing every word she … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Langston Hughes

The Blues always impressed me as being very sad, sadder even than the Spirituals, because their sadness is not softened with tears, but hardened with laughter … of a sadness where there is no god to appeal to. — Langston … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to “the Ploughman Poet” of Scotland

In other words: Robert Burns. Or perhaps I should say “Rahbbie Barrrrrrrrns.” Right now in Scotland, and around the world, wherever the Scottish gather, people are standing up and proclaiming his verses into crowded pubs, everybody chanting along in unison. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Lord Byron

Lord Byron’s epitaph to his dog: One who possessed beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of man, without his vices. This praise would be unmeaning flattery if inscribed over human ashes, is but … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, John Keats

Matthew Arnold: Keats as a poet is abundantly and enchantingly sensuous, but the question with some people will be, whether he is anything else. Garrison Keillor wrote: He’d planned to become a surgeon, but he realized his real vocation was … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Belfast Poet Ciarán Carson

Irish poet Rita Kelly had this to say on Belfast poet Ciarán Carson: I am reminded of Keats, Wordsworth too, especially the Prelude, the long and winding narrative to take the reader beyond the first few lines, not to mention … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Mary Oliver

Although few poets have fewer human beings in their poems than Mary Oliver, it is ironic that few poets also go so far to help us forward. — Stephen Dobyns, New York Times Book Review I don’t know much about … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Louise Bogan

Louise Bogan was poetry editor of The New Yorker for years, so she was responsible, at the time, for setting the standard for the poetry selected (The New Yorker could use her now!) Her own poetry is not sentimental. She … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley was born on this day in 1792. Shelley, along with his BFF Lord Byron, thumbed their nose at the commonplaces of their current era, and he (even more so than Byron) appeared to court controversy from … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Paul Muldoon

“This work [Paul Muldoon’s book ‘The Annals of Chile’] gives the impression of coming clean and being clandestine at one and the same time. It is Joycean in its combination of the everyday and the erudite, but it is also … Continue reading

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