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Mikael Nalbandian Poems

 

Mikael Nalbandian was a 19th century Armenian poet with strong political views on Utopian socialism and revolutionary democracy.  During his short lifetime he was considered one of his country’s prominent writers and the words from one his poems, Song of an Italian Girl, were adapted for Armenia’s national anthem, Mer Heyrenik. He was born Mikhail Lazarevich Nalbandov on the 14th November 1829 in Nizhnii ...

Mary Anne Lamb Poems

 

Mary Anne Lamb was an English writer whose best-remembered piece of work was a collaboration with brother Charles Lamb called Tales from Shakespeare.  Between them they adapted the originals to make the stories more understandable for young readers.  Her literary success is, perhaps, all the more remarkable considering that she spent a great deal of her life incarcerated in mental institutions, a situation ...

Yu Guangzhong Passes Away – Poetry News December 18th

 

We begin the week with the sad news that the renowned Chinese poet, Yu Guangzhong has died at the age of 89 having been admitted to hospital last week with a suspected stroke. Yu Guangzhong, renowned Chinese poet passes away The sudden death of Yu Guangzhong (also known as Yu Kwang-Chung) the Chinese poet and renowned contemporary writer has caused a big stir amongst ...

Marya Zaturenska Poems

 

Marya Zaturenska was a 20th century American, Russian-born, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.  Her poetry was mostly written in a lyrical, optimistic style with occasional dark themes running through it. She was born on the 12th September 1902 in Kiev but she was taken to the United States in 1910 where the family joined the ever growing tide of migrants from Europe in setting up home ...

Ottawa/8 Year Old/Ties between China and Ukraine – Poetry News Roundup December 15th

 

Our final news round-up of the week looks at the use of poetry between the members of Parliament in Ottawa in what appears to be something of an annual tradition. We also bring you an article about an 8-year-old poet who is not afraid to tell Donald Trump to stop, and finally the statues of poets that celebrate 25 years of ties between China and the Ukraine. Poetry in Parliament...

Max Eastman Poems

 

Max Eastman was an American poet, philosopher and, in his younger days, a keen exponent of radical politics as practiced amongst people of a similar outlook in areas of New York City such as Greenwich Village.  He was a patron of the “Harlem Renaissance” which promoted African-American culture and literature and he developed a strong affiliation with communist and socialist movements.  However, following ...

Poetry Pharmacy/DASHing – Poetry News Roundup December 14th

 

Today on My Poetic Side we bring you an article about the Poetry Pharmacy and we also take a look at the DASHing Words in Motion poetry competition. The Poetry Pharmacy You might not have thought of poetry as therapeutic but for many people it is, and this is exactly why William Sieghart, the founder of National Poetry Day set up the Poetry Pharmacy. The ...

Mary Hannay Foott Poems

 

Mary Hannay Foott was a Scottish-born Australian poet, art teacher and newspaper columnist whose best remembered piece of work is the poem Where the Pelican Builds. She was born Mary Black on the 26th September 1846 in Glasgow, the daughter of a merchant who took his family to Australia when Mary was seven years old.  She went to school in Melbourne and also attended the ...

Maksym Rylsky/General Chiwenga/Seamus Heaney – Poetry News Roundup December 13th

 

In today's news round-up we bring you three stories; we look at the new collection of poetry from Maksy Rylsky that is due to be published shortly having been translated into English, the poet in Zimbabwe who wrote a poem about the General who was involved in the recent presidential coup and the Seamus Heaney International Visiting Poetry Fellow. Publishers Print New Book of Poetry by Maksym Rylsky Born in 1895, Maksym ...

Mary Eliza Fullerton Poems

 

Mary Eliza Fullerton was an Australian poet, novelist and occasional writer of articles for newspapers.  She often wrote using the pseudonym “Alpenstock” but when it came to publishing collections of poetry she also called herself simply “E”.  It is believed that she did this because she was conscious of the likely prejudicial reaction of the literary world to a woman author who did ...