Martha Wadsworth Brewster Poems

 

Martha Wadsworth Brewster holds a unique place in the records of 18th century US born poets in that she published her work using her own name, rather than a pseudonym which was more common among female writers.  Additionally she was one of a select band of colonial women, numbering only four, who wrote poetry in pre-Revolutionary days. Her life is little documented but it is ...

Reed Whittemore Poems

 

Reed Whittemore was a US poet who had the unusual honour of serving as his country’s Poet Laureate on two separate occasions, the first being in 1964, then also in 1984.  He was also a literary journalist and critic, biographer and college professor. He was born Edward Reed Whittemore, Jr on the 11th September 1919 in Connecticut.  Early education was provided by the Phillips ...

Stephen Spender Poems

 

The English poet who eventually became known as Sir Stephen Spender, CBE was a writer whose main themes concerned social problems and the class struggles found in both Europe and America.  He also wrote novels and essays and became Poet Laureate to the United States in 1965. He was born Stephen Harold Spender on the 28th February 1909 in Kensington, West London.  His father ...

James Dickey Poems

 

James Dickey was a 20th century American poet, novelist and university lecturer.  His poetry output was substantial and highly regarded and he was chosen to recite one of his own compositions, The Strength of Fields, at the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter in 1977.  He is perhaps best known though for his novel Deliverance which was turned into a 1972 movie starring Burt ...

William Jay Smith Poems

 

William Jay Smith was an US born lyric poet with a wide appeal across the generations, happily writing for both adults and children.  His long life spanned the 20th and 21st centuries and just fell short of the magical one hundred years.  Amongst his many honours and awards was the appointment in 1968 as the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress - ...