Category: Poetry

February 4th Birthday Love: Jacques Prévert

Poet and screenwriter Jacques Prévert was born on this day February 4, 1900 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. Prévert was known as a symbolist and Surrealist writer amongst the likes of Raymond Queneau, Robert Desnos, Louis Aragon, Marcel Duhamel, Yves Tanguy, and André Breton. Prévert’s most well-known writings are love and social justice ballads, oft known as “song poems,” many of …

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February 3rd Birthday Love: Gertrude Stein

Sacred Emily Argonauts.That is plenty.Cunning saxon symbol.Symbol of beauty.Thimble of everything.Cunning clover thimble.Cunning of everything.Cunning of thimble.Cunning cunning.Place in pets.Night town.Night town a glass.Color mahogany.Color mahogany center.Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.Loveliness extreme.Extra gaiters.Loveliness extreme.Sweetest ice-cream.Page ages page ages page ages.Wiped Wiped wire wire.Sweeter than peaches and pears and cream.Wiped wire …

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February 1st Birthday Love: Langston Hughes

April Rain Song Let the rain kiss youLet the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid dropsLet the rain sing you a lullabyThe rain makes still pools on the sidewalkThe rain makes running pools in the gutterThe rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at nightAnd I love the rain. -Langston Hughes, …

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January 30th Birthday Love: Richard Brautigan

“I feel as if I am an adfor the sale of a haunted house: 18 rooms$37,000I’m yoursghosts and all.” -Richard Brautigan, born January 30, 1935 in Tacoma, Washington.

January 28th Birthday Love: Marcel Broodthaers

Today is the birthday of poet Marcel Broodthaers, born January 28, 1924 in Brussels, Belgium. The Grass The centuries are lined up in a box of matches.I’ll buy. I have an eight-pence. The sun is blueat the star’s window Midnight danceswith the fairy as a tendril A little green at the ear, I dream of …

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January 27th Birthday Love: Lewis Carroll

Writer Lewis Carroll, famous for his novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871) was born on January 27, 1832 in Cheshire, England. Here is his playful poem about a fantastic creature, “Jabberwocky,” from Through the Looking-Glass. Jabberwocky ’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:All mimsy were the borogoves,      And the …

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January 25th Birthday Love: Robert Burns

Here is a poem which Bob Dylan cited as his single biggest inspiration, “A Red, Red Rose,” written by Robert Burns. Burns was born on January 25, 1759 in the Scottish village of Alloway. A Red, Red Rose O my Luve is like a red, red rose   That’s newly sprung in June;O my Luve is like …

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January 24th Birthday Love: Edith Wharton

Author Edith Wharton was born on this day January 24, 1862 in New York, NY, and conveyed the New York experience in her writing. Her best known works are The Age of Innocence (1920),  The House of Mirth (1905), and Ethan Frome (1911). My little old doga heart-beatat my feet -Edith Wharton

January 22nd Birthday Love: Francis Picabia

French artist and poet Francis Picabia was born on this day January 22, 1879 in Paris. As an artist, he delved into an array of palettes, from complementary rich earth tones to more colorful collations, and experimented with a range of styles including Impressionism, Pointillism, Dadaism, photo-based painting, and Cubism. In 1949, Cubist and Dada painter Marcel Duchamp described …

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January 21st Birthday Love: Vahan Tekeyan

Armenian poet and activist Vahan Tekeyan was born on this day January 21, 1878, in Constantinople. Here is his poem “To My Child” translated by Alec Ekmekji. To My Child You, eternal love for child, how did you fall into me,Like a kind and gentle seed fallen on the desert floor,That clinged to the other …

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