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Walt Whitman

B. 1819 D. 1892

4 poems available

And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans, my heart gives you love. - Walt Whitman 'Dirge For Two Veterans'

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W. E. B. DuBois

B. 1868 D. 1963

1 poem available

I am the Smoke King. I am black! I am swinging in the sky, I am wringing worlds awry. - W. E. B. DuBois - 'The Song of The Smoke'

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Amy Lowell

B. 1874 D. 1925

1 poem available

Spilt is that liquor, my too hasty hand threw down the cup, and did not understand. - Amy Lowell 'A Blockhead'

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3 poems available

Poetry is a form of embodiment - Christian Campbell

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Anne Bradstreet

B. 1612 D. 1672

4 poems available

All things within this fading world hath end. ('Before the Birth of One of Her Children')

Poet

5 poems available

Glyn Maxwell covers a greater distance in a single line than most people do in a poem. Joseph Brodsky

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4 poems available

I don't want to be one of those ivory tower writers; I want to affect people's lives.

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Robert Frost

B. 1874 D. 1963

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. Robert Frost

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Emily Dickinson

B. 1830 D. 1886

6 poems available

To see the Summer Sky / Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie? / True Poems flee?

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WS Merwin

B. 1927 D. 2019

4 poems available

Poetry's about what can't be said. WS Merwin

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5 poems available

...You no longer /Want to seem what you are, but something /Harmless and familiar: in a landscape/Given to greenness and the cold pastels /Of stubble and field stone... David Wagoner from 'The Principles of Concealment.'

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Linda Gregg brings us back to poetry...She is original and mysterious, one of the best poets in America. Gerald Stern

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