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March 16th Birthday Love: César Vallejo

Peruvian poet César Vallejo was born César Abraham Vallejo Mendoza on this day March 16, 1892 in the city of Santiago de Chuco. Under the Poplars        for José Eulogio Garrido        Like priestly imprisoned poets,         the poplars of blood have fallen asleep.On the hills, the flocks of Bethlehem                  chew arias of grass at …

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March 15th Birthday Love: Valentin Rasputin

Writer and environmentalist Valentin Rasputin was born on this day March 15, 1937 in Russia. “As the soil was renewed, so one’s feelings seemed to change, uniting in some inexplicable way with a distant age when the eyes and ears of men were more alert to sights, sounds, and fine distinctions.” -Valentin Rasputin, Money For Maria …

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March 14th Birthday Love: Arthur O’Shaughnessy

Arthur O’Shaughnessy is probably known best for his lines “We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams” from the poem “Ode,” lines which were made famous when Gene Wilder quoted them in “Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory.” The author was born on this day March 14, 1844 in London, England. …

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March 13th Birthday Love: Mahmoud Darwish

Palestinian writer Mahmoud Darwish was born on this day March 13, 1941 in the Palestinian Arab village Al-Birwa, which was uprooted in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. The Cypress Broke                                  The cypress is the tree’s grief and not                                 the tree, and it has no shadow because it is      …

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March 12th Birthday Love: Jack Kerouac

American poet and novelist Jack Kerouac was born on this day March 12, 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts. “Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car at night?” -Jack Kerouac

March 11th Birthday Love: Douglas Adams

Famous for his books The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979), as well as Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (1987) and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988), writer Douglas Adams was born on this day March 11, 1952 in Cambridge, England. “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended …

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March 10th Birthday Love: Toni Frissell

Although she spent her early years in acting and advertising, Toni Frissell is well known for her informal portrait photographs and fashion photography. Frissell was born on this day March 10, 1907 in Manhattan, New York. During WWII, Frissell volunteered for the American Red Cross, Women’s Army Corps, and Eighth Army Air Force, providing countless …

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March 9th Birthday Love: Taras Shevchenko

Painter and poet Taras Shevchenko was born on this day March 9, 1814 in the village of Moryntsi in Cherkasy Oblast province, Ukraine. Fate You did not play me false, 0 Fate,You were a brother, closest friendTo this poor wretch. You took my handWhen I was still a little totAnd walked me to the deacon’s schoolTo gather …

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March 8th Birthday Love: Juana de Ibarbourou

Poet Juana de Ibarbourou was born in Melo, Uruguay on March 8, 1892. Bond    I grew   Only for you.Cut the acacia boughs that demandOnly destruction at your hand!    My blossom blew   Only for you.Uproot me—in its natal hourMy lily doubted were it candle or flower.    My waters blue   Flow for you.Drink me—never crystal knowsSo pure a …

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March 7th Birthday Love: Amanda Gorman

Ship’s Manifest Allegedly the worst is behind us.Still, we crouch before the lip of tomorrow,Halting like a headless hant in our own house,Waiting to remember exactlyWhat it is we’re supposed to be doing. & what exactly are we supposed to be doing?Penning a letter to the world as a daughter of it.We are writing with …

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