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Elizabeth Margaret Chandler Poems

 

The American poet Elizabeth Margaret Chandler lived a very short life during the early part of the 19th century but made a name for herself championing the cause of the abolitionists of slavery through her poetry.  No other female writer had done so before her. She was born on the 24th December 1807 in the town of Centre, Delaware to Quaker parents.  The whole ...

Frances Dana Barker Gage Poems

 

Frances Dana Barker Gage was a 19th century American writer of poetry and hymns, often known as Fannie D. Gage for this work, and also as Aunty Fanny when writing her children’s poetry and stories.  Besides her literary output she was, perhaps, even better known as a staunch campaigner on behalf of women’s rights in particular and the rights of all citizens ...

Charlotte Forten Grimké Poems

 

Charlotte Forten Grimké was an  anti-slavery activist, African-American poet and school teacher who devoted much time during the Civil War to former black slaves in SC, USA, making sure that they had at least a rudimentary education.  She felt it necessary to record the details of her life in diary form and these were eventually published many times over.  These journals are acknowledged as being ...

Mitsuye Yamada Poems

 

Mitsuye Yamada is a Japanese/American writer now in her nineties who spent many years as a English professor in California.  She has been a keen activist during her lifetime, having had the misfortune to be incarcerated during the Second World War when all those thought a threat to the US government were rounded up and put into camps.  She wrote extensively about this experience. She ...

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 - ...

Richard Eberhart Poems

 

Richard Eberhart was a remarkable American award-winning poet and playwright whose long life spanned the early years of both the 20th and 21st centuries.   His considerable output of poetry saw him publish at least a dozen books of verse and he won both a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for two of his collections. He was born Richard Ghormley Eberhart on the 5th April 1904 ...