Category: poetry

Whither the Wind? An April Poem.

The wind can be gentle, A lover’s caress. The wind can turn violent, A madman, no less. It can whisper softly. At times, can be still. And then, for no reason, In rage, it can kill.

On Behalf of National Poetry Month: "Springtime in Chicago"

  Spring is here! The buds are breaking Open on the trees and shrubs. All the world Is fresh and  new again Except the same old Cubs.

Robert Frost: He Had a Lover's Quarrel With the World

Born today was Robert Frost. Of New England with its  rivers crossed, Of  fortunes cast by a  pair of dice tossed, He wrote. Of  love and childhood lost. Asking For Roses   by Robert Frost A house that lacks, seemingly, mistress and master, With doors that none but the wind ever closes, Its floor all... Read more »

Jack Kerouac: Bard of the Beatniks

Born today was Jack Kerouac, A poet off the beaten track. Through life he rambled  on wanderlust  feet At the end of the line—small wonder—was beat.   Nebraska April doesnt hurt here Like it does in New England The ground Vast and brown Surrounds dry towns Located in the dust Of the coming locust Live... Read more »

Amy Lowell: American Sappho

  Today’s birthday is Amy Lowell’s. She was one of those poetic souls. At the start of the Great War in London she found And took over the Imagists from Ezra Pound. “The Imagists wrote succinct verse of dry clarity and hard outline in which an exact visual image made a total poetic statement. Imagism... Read more »

Robert Burns: Voted the Greatest Scot of All Time

  Born today was Robert Burns. His Scottish poems were gifts from heaven. But hellishly drinking and wenching by turns, He died prematurely at age 37.. “My way is: I consider the poetic sentiment, correspondent to my idea of the musical expression, then chuse my theme, begin one stanza, when that is composed—which is generally... Read more »

Lord Byron: English Romantic Poet Who Is a National Hero in Greece

Today’s birthday is poet Lord Byron’s Who was forced into leaving Great Britain’s environs. He wound up in battle for freedom in Greece. Unfortunately there his existence did cease. [Joseph Denis Odevaere: Lord Byron on His Deathbed] [Alexandre-Marie Colin: Byron as Don Juan, with Haidee] A few of my favorite lines from  “Don Juan”: “What... Read more »

Edgar Allen Poe: Maven of the Macabre

Today is the birthday of Edgar Allan Poe. For mystery and horror, an author  to know. His  Raven’s a favorite I have to confess. Poe died, sad to say, broken-down, penniless. (Edward Gorey)   “No doubt I now grew very pale;—but I talked more fluently, and with a heightened voice. Yet the sound increased—and what... Read more »

Charles Perrault: His Tales Plumb the Depths of Our Collective Memories

Today is the birthday of Charles Perrault. Children of all ages his stories do  know: Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and, of course,  Mother Goose. In the court of King Louie he was Dr. Seuss.  

J.R.R. Tolkien: His Success Was Due to Some Good Hobbits

Born today J.R.R.Tolkien, Who  loved the myths of Albion So much that from the crucible of his imagining Sprung hobbits, wizards,  dragons , and a  magical ring.   “He told them tales of bees and flowers, the ways of trees, and the strange creatures of the Forest, about the evil things and the good things,... Read more »