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Henry Jerome Stockard Poems

 

Henry Jerome Stockard was an American poet and teacher.  At various times he taught English and Political Science and he also served as professor of Latin in North Carolina at the Peace Institute, Raleigh. He was born on the 15th September 1858 in the Chatham County region of North Carolina, the son of John Stockard, a hardworking lumberman and farmer.  His family’s origins ...

US Poet and Educator, Jack Collom, passes away age 85

 

John Aldridge “Jack” Collom, died on Sunday 2nd July at his home in Boulder, Colorado. He was a prolific poet, essayist and pedagogue. He taught poetry at both the local K-12 schools and also the University of Naropa, where he had been an adjunct professor since 1986. A memorial is being planned by the university for later this summer. Growing up in the ...

Henry King Poems

 

Henry King was an English poet and minister who rose to the position of Bishop of Chichester, following in his father’s footsteps. He was born in January 1592, the son of John King, Bishop of London.  Such privileged family circumstances allowed him to receive a good education, starting at a fairly newly opened establishment in Thame, Oxfordshire called Lord Williams’s School.  He went on ...

Prolific Poet Heathcote Williams passes away aged 75

 

Heathcote Williams, the English radical poet, playwright, actor and polymathic genius passed away on Saturday 1st July at his home in Oxford, UK at the age of 75. A rebel in the world of the Arts, Williams had been ill for some time. A much admired painter, magician and sculptor, Williams truly was a creative all-rounder. His paintings were kept in the Oxford ...

Poetry and politics / Beyond the Water’s Edge / Griffin Poetry Prize – Poetry News Roundup – 3rd July 2017

 

Poetry is all around us, and although you might not be aware, there is plenty in the news each day that relates to poetry. Today marks our first news roundup of the major news stories about poetry across the globe. Poetry and politics An unlikely stage, a diverse audience and a very inspiring speaker; this week poetry featured at the Glastonbury music festival, when ...

Henry Kirke White Poems

 

Henry Kirke White was a poet whose output of religiously themed poems, many of which were sung as hymns, is remarkable in that most of it was written while he was still a teenager.  Like many others at that time his health was poor and the onset of tuberculosis meant that he never saw his 22nd birthday. He was born on the 21st March ...

Harold Monro Poems

 

Harold Monro was a Belgium-born English poet.  Although he wrote poems about the First World War, and particularly about men that he knew involved in it, he could not be described as a “war poet” as such.  Besides writing his own work he opened the Poetry Bookshop in London, in 1913, and, over the next twenty years, this became an establishment that ...

Henry Sambrooke Leigh Poems

 

Henry Sambrooke Leigh was a fairly minor English poet and playwright of the 19th century.  He was known for his lyric writing, and tuneful singing, of humorous songs and for a number of translations of French comic operas into English, many of which appeared on the London stage.  Critics have praised him for his “fluent verse” but, at the same time, his ...

Harriet Prescott Spofford Poems

 

Harriet Prescott Spofford was a New England poet and novelist who made a name for herself writing tales of the supernatural and some detective stories. She was born Harriet Elizabeth Prescott on the 3rd April 1835 in Maine.  Her family were closely connected with seafaring and this theme appeared in a number of her stories.  Although they were reasonably well off, Harriet was sent ...

Hartley Burr Alexander Poems

 

Hartley Burr Alexander, PhD was an American writer, academic, philosopher and iconographer. He was born on the 9th April 1873 in Lincoln, Nebraska, the son of a minister in the Methodist church who was also edited a newspaper.  As he grew up in Syracuse the young man developed his own interest in writing, influenced by his father, but shied away from the church.  He ...