'Robert Burns: poet and balladeer, Scotland's favourite son and champion of the common people. Each year on January 25, the great man's presumed birthday, Scots everywhere take time out to honour a national icon. Whether it's a full-blown Burns Supper or a quiet night of reading poetry, Burns Night is a night for all Scots.'More
on the Robert Burns Tribute site.
posted by plep
on Jan 23, 2004 -
And death shall have no dominion.
Dead men naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion
Fifty years ago, Dylan Thomas
- one of the greatest poets of our time - drank himself to death
in New York's Hotel Chelsea at the age of 39. Swansea
, his Welsh hometown, will be commemorating his life all year, culminating in a festival in the fall
posted by madamjujujive
on Jun 18, 2003 -
America, America: I too love jeans and jazz and Treasure Island.
A poem from Saadi Youssef, published in this Saturday's Guardian (scroll down past Seamus Heaney):
Take what you do not have
and give us what we have.
Take the stripes of your flag
and give us the stars.
Take the Afghani Mujahideen beard
and give us Walt Whitman's beard filled with
Take Saddam Hussein
and give us Abraham Lincoln
or give us no one.
was born in 1934 near Basra, Iraq. He is considered to be among the greatest living Arab poets. Youssef has published 25 volumes of poetry, a book of short stories, a novel, four volumes of essays, a memoir, and numerous translations. In addition to being imprisoned for his poetry and politics, he has won numerous literary awards and recognitions. He now lives in London. [more inside]
posted by jokeefe
on Feb 14, 2003 -
Do you know River Huston?
She's the poet laureate of Bucks County
, Pennsylvania. She is a sometimes controversial
HIV/AIDS educator, columnist
, a magazine "founded primarily to get information to HIV positive persons", she authored A Positive Life
; a photo documentary book about women living with HIV. Yes, she is HIV positive, but it changed her life in ways she didn't expect: "It took getting an HIV-positive diagnosis for me to realize I was a sex goddess
. If there is one thing that will improve a girl's sex life it is finding out she has AIDS."
posted by ?!
on Dec 1, 2002 -
Positive, by Ian Stephens.
Not, perhaps, in the tradition of Day Without Art. But...
Ian Stephens was a poet, musician, and performer from my neighbourhood in Montreal who died in 1996.
posted by mikel
on Dec 1, 2000 -