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April is NATIONAL POETRY MONTH (as decreed by the Academy of American Poets in 1996). Can there be any doubt that a poet of my stature* 391 more words


Poetry and Blackbirds...

Sometime in March I was looking out the kitchen window and saw blackbirds at the feeder.  Grackles?  Cowbirds?  I grabbed the binoculars.  The birds were a deep, glossy black…with a yellow band on the wings, like a racing stripe on a car.  328 more words

Seamus Heaney: "Beyond"

History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.” 630 more words

Classic Quote-a-Thon: Day 2

The best luck always happens to people who don’t need it.

-Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men


Dining with American Writers: Gumbo with the Pulitzer King

America’s First Poet Laureate, Robert Penn Warren, authored 10 novels, 14 collections of poetry, critical studies and textbooks. He is the only writer to win a Pulitzer for both a novel and poetry. 380 more words
Dining With American Writers

Louisiana Live Oak Trees

Two remarkable poems celebrate Louisiana’s moss-laden live oak trees. The first, “I Saw in Louisiana a Live Oak Growing,” Walt Whitman wrote. He and his younger brother, Jeff, came to New Orleans in February 1848 to work for a newspaper, the New Orleans Crescent, as a journalist and Jeff as a copy boy. 607 more words

Tell Me a Story by Robert Penn Warren

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Long ago, in Kentucky, I, a boy, stood
By a dirt road, in first dark, and heard
The great geese hoot northward.

I could not see them, there being no moon
And the stars sparse. 79 more words