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Love and the Ink Dark Moon

Izumi Shikibu, a poet at Empress Teishi’s court.(Shown here in a c. 1765 Kusazōshi by Komatsuken) When my desiregrows too fierceI wear my bed clothesinside…

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…