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We Spot Diplomacy by Poetry

How fun that poetry has made it to the national fake-news headlines! 😉

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For our January meeting, we focused on poets who had earned a distinctive honor in celebration of poetry coming back to the inaugural activities.

Maxine Kumin (1925- ) – Pulitzer prize winner for Poems of New England in 1972, Poet Laureate of New Hampshire

Jack

Kay Ryan (1945- ) – appointed the 16th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry by the Library of Congress

Duck
Turtle
The Edges or Time
Patience
A Cat/A Future
Things Shouldn’t Be So Hard

Robert Frost (1874-1963) –  delivered poem at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961

The Gift Outright

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) – first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone

Annabel Lee

Maya Angelou (1928- ) – delivered poem at Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993

Still I Rise
Woman Work
On the Pulse of Morning
The Health-Food Diner

Wislawa Symborska (1923-) – Nobel laureate, 1996

Under One Small Star
Utopia

Margaret Atwood (1939- ) – multiple award winner for poetry and literature

Is/Not
More and More

Gabriela Mistral (Lucila Godoy y Alcayaga) (1889-1957) – first female Latin American poet to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1945.

Anniversary
The Stranger
I Am Not Alone

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The prodigal blogger has returned to poetry and now is trying to get caught up. We met at Frances’ house (last November) and discussed the upcoming election. Of course, since we all seem to share the same political sentiments, there wasn’t a whole lot of spirited debating, at least not about who to support for President. So we meandered into the politics of poetry.

Jan started us off with:

A jingle to help us recall the order of Presidents from Washington to Wilson

And this little gem which I could not find online. It’s from 1972 when Nixon won reelection in a landslide.

The election is over, the results are now known,
The will of the people has clearly been shown.

Let’s all get together and show by our deeds,
That we will give Dick all the help that he needs.

Let bygones by bygones and all bitterness pass,
I’ll hug your elephant if you kiss my ass.

Robert Hayden (1913-1980) – bio

El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

from Words in Mourning Time part I which opens with
For King, for Robert Kennedy,
destroyed by those they could not save

Read an analysis here.

Billy Collins (1941- ) – bio

The Future

Carl Adamshick

Our flag

Madeleine Begun Kanebio

McCain Limericks

Sarah Who??

Some Friendly Advice for Obama

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) – bio

Let America Be America Again

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) – bio

If–

My Boy Jack

Eugene McCarthy (1916-2005) – bio

Whose foot is on the treadle

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