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RD-Betts

We recently posted Terri Gross’s recent NPR interview with poet Reginald Dwayne Betts

I just found this PBS video of him reading one of the poems from his latest collection:

Bastards of the Reagan Era

Paperback: Four Way, 2015
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]

[ Read several poems from this collection ]

 

For the City that Nearly Broke Me
Reginald Dwayne Betts

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Today marks the anniversary of the death of French poet Paul Verlaine (d. 1896)…

In honor of the occasion, we offer this poem:
 

FREE EBOOK- Poems of Paul Verlaine

via Project Gutenberg

 
 

“SON, THOU MUST LOVE ME!
SEE–” MY SAVIOUR SAID

Paul Verlaine

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Marci-BDSK

Our poem of the day,
from the brand new collection…

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit: Poems
Marci Rae Johnson

Paperback: Steel Toe Books, Jan. 2016
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Jesus Cleanses a Leper
Marci Rae Johnson

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Today marks the anniversary of the death of Jane Austen.

In honor of the occasion, we offer this poem by her…

Oh! Mr Best You’re Very Bad
Jane Austen

 

Oh! Mr. Best, you’re very bad
And all the world shall know it;
Your base behaviour shall be sung
By me, a tunefull Poet.–
You used to go to Harrowgate
Each summer as it came,
And why I pray should you refuse
To go this year the same?–
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Yesterday marked the anniversary of the death of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Here is one of our favorite poems by him…

 

[ Books by Shelley ]

An Exhortation
Percy Bysshe Shelley

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I read four poems during our “special music” time at Englewood yesterday. The first three were “Poet” by Liberty Hyde Bailey, followed by two short Sabbath poems by Wendell Berry. The fourth poem was one that I wrote for the occasion, that is my response to all the violence of recent months (especially after Ferguson), and the ways so many people today — on the Right and on the Left — dig their heels in and are averse to dialogue.

 

Our Only Hope
C. Christopher Smith

As you move through your everyday life
Look at the people surrounding you
The people God made and that God loves.
Who are those who most differ from you?

Vote differently.
Think differently.
Act differently.
Talk differently.
Love differently.
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Sarojini_Naidu_in_Bombay_1946Sarojini Naidu (born as Sarojini Chattopadhyay), also known as The Nightingale of India, was an Indian independence activist and poet. Naidu served as the first governor of the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh from 1947 to 1949; the first woman to become the governor of an Indian state. She was the second woman to become the president of the Indian National Congress in 1925 and the first Indian woman to do so.
(via Wikipedia)

 

Download Naidu’s collection of poems
The Golden Threshold

as a FREE ebook from Project Gutenberg.

 

The Coromandel Fishers
Sarojini Naidu

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Today is the birthday of James Weldon Johnson, born 1871.

James Weldon Johnson (June 17, 1871 – June 26, 1938) was an American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, and civil rights activist. Johnson is best remembered for his leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), where he started working in 1917. In 1920 he was the first black to be chosen as executive secretary of the organization, effectively the operating officer. He served in that position from 1920 to 1930. Johnson established his reputation as a writer, and was known during the Harlem Renaissance for his poems, novels, and anthologies collecting both poems and spirituals of black culture. (via Wikipedia)

 In honor of his birthday, we offer this poem…

To America
James Weldon Johnson

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Today is the birthday of the Italian poet, Giovanni Boccaccio, born 1313.

GIOVANNI BOCCACCIO (Giovanni di Boccaccio da Chellino), born at Paris, the son of a Florentine merchant. He came to Florence at an early age, studied commerce in Naples, but soon abandoned this for literature. About 1334 or 1338 he fell in love with Maria d’ Aquino, a natural daughter of King Robert of Naples, who, as “Fiammetta,” inspired a number of his works. In 1349, on his father’s death, he returned to Florence, where he entertained Petrarch, with whom he formed a close friendship. About 1362 he was so influenced by a priest called Gioacchino Ciani as completely to change his moral views and mode of life. In 1373 he read and commented in public on the Divina Commedia.

 

Ballata
Giovanni Boccaccio

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The Scottish poet Thomas Campbell died on this date in 1844.

In honor of the occasion, we offer this poem by him…

 

The River of Life
Thomas Campbell

THE MORE we live, more brief appear
Our life’s succeeding stages:
A day to childhood seems a year,
And years like passing ages.
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