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The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America

Today is the day in 1672 when America’s first published poet died. That was Anne Bradstreet. She married Simon Bradstreet when she was about 16…

Prompt: Thanks

Image via Pixabay It’s the end of a terrible year. In America, we celebrated Thanksgiving last month, though celebrating was very different than in past years.…

Dear March

snow on the maples – via Wikimedia In my part of the Northeast, March came in like a lion with a roar of snow.  So…

Will there really be a ‘Morning’?

Will there really be a “Morning”?Is there such a thing as “Day”?Could I see it from the mountainsIf I were as tall as they? Has…

Prompt: Translation

Image by Oli Lynch from Pixabay As a teacher, the poet John Ashbery gave as a prompt Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem “Archaic Torso of Apollo”…

Prompt: Acquainted with the Night

I think most people would consider an “acquaintance” to be a person we know, but not someone we would describe as close friend. In this…

New Year’s Inspiration

If you think of the new year as an opportunity to reflect and set goals for the future, then the Academy of American Poets suggests…