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Randall Jarrell biography

 

Randall Jarrell was born in Nashville, Tennessee on May 6, 1914, but spent his early childhood in Los Angeles, only returning to Tennessee after his parents divorced. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, and soon after took a job as a teaching assistant at Kenyon College in Ohio. During his years at Vanderbilt and Kenyon, he studied with ...

Eliza Acton biography

 

Look for information about Eliza Acton today, and you'll find thousands of references to her 1845 cookbook, Modern Cookery for Private Families. She is generally acknowledged to have been the first writer of cookbooks to use the convention of listing all ingredients for a recipe at its start, making it far easier to follow the recipe through to the end. ...

John McCrae biography

 

John McCrae was born November 30, 1872, in Guelph, Ontario. He began writing poetry while he was still a student at Guelph Collegiate Institute, and continued writing throughout his life. He graduated from Guelph at age 16, and won a scholarship to attend the University of Toronto, the first Guelph student ever to do so. By that time, he'd ...

Arthur Symons biography

 

Arthur Symons was born in 1865, the son of a Cornish preacher in Wales. He moved around a great deal throughout his childhood, prompting him to later write that he had never had the kind of childhood that most children do, staying long enough in one place for it to "become a part of him". Because of the frequent moving, Symons schooling ...

British Poet John Heath-Stubbs Dies

 

John Heath-Stubbs, British poet famed for his poetry inspired by classical myths and winner of the 1973 Queen"s Gold Medal for Poetry, died this morning at the age of 88. His most famous poems include his long poem on King Arthur, Artorius, in 1972, and a series of poem sequences written for Hearing Eye Publications between 1987 and 1994. Heath-Stubbs was born in 1918, and educated at Worcester College for ...

Give Them Poetry

 

Wondering what to give someone for the holidays? If you"ve still get a few people left on your holiday shopping list, head down to the nearest bookstore and fill their stocking with beautiful words. Here"s a quick selection of some of the best new books of poetry from the past year to help you decide. Thirst (Mary Oliver) Mary Oliver"s latest book of poetry, ...

Classic Read-Aloud Christmas Poems

 

Tis the season and all that. When I was growing up, Christmas Eve was the night that my grandmother reserved for telling the very best stories from her Italian repetoire. No matter how we begged and pleaded to hear Leo Bruno or other Italian fairy tales the rest of the year, she always insisted that they were too long to tell any other night ...

Thank You, Erin Jackson

 

I just spent a couple of (wonderful) hours writing a remembrance and review of Sunday night"s Poets Asylum at the Java Hut in Worcester - only to have Firefox eat the post when it didn"t like the picture I tried to upload. I am sad. Not because my words were deathless prose, but because Sunday night was full of lively poetry and ...

Some Interesting Tidbits

 

There"s been a round of interesting happenings and writings around the poetry world this week. Some of them are fascinating little tidbits to sprinkle into your conversation when you want to sound erudite. A few speak so well for themselves that any commentary from me would be completely superfluous. Check out a few of these links and find out what"s been news in ...

A Tale of Two Emilys

 

Sometimes things just tickle me. That was the case with what I found this morning when I peeked at topix.net"s poetry news page. Topix.net is one of those sites that conglomerates news from newspapers and websites around the world on various topics. It"s one of my favorite places to pick through for "unusual" news about poetry. Since the feed scans local newspapers all over the world, I"m as likely ...