Category: 20th century poets

  • The Ghost of the Susquehanna vs. the Curse of the Bambino

    _____ All across the USA, every Red Sox fan knows, that the Curse of the Bambino kept the team from winning a World Series for 86 years–or so they say–a curse broken in 2004. But who or what broke it? How could it be, that the spirit of Babe Ruth was overruled? Here, in 2007, […]

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  • Alley War Poetry

        _____     Marvelous Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas “The Hit Man” Hearns Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, April 15, 1985 Announcers: Al Bernstein and Al Michaels     Alley War Poetry     The pugilists are in the desert, somewhere far from most of humanity and society. They are at a resort, however, a […]

  • The Long-Awaited, Unabating, Top 30 All-Time Greatest Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar

    _____ Below is a countdown of the top 30 poems written by Paul Laurence Dunbar, who was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1872, and died there in 1906. The poems included here are very enjoyable and speak very well to the world, some through dialect. They show Dunbar to be unique, important, and universal by […]

  • The Official Top 20 Countdown of the All Time Greatest Love Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar

    _____         Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) with a friend I have been reading all the poems I can find by Paul Laurence Dunbar, in order to create another top 30 countdown. Yesterday, when I got down from the hundreds to 55 poems in order, I knew I did not want to lose […]

  • Nikki Giovanni’s “We Are Virginia Tech”

    _____ Click on Nikki Giovanni‘s picture to be taken to the CNN article from which you can watch and listen as she stirs the crowd with her poem “We Are Virginia Tech.” _____ by Nikki Giovanni We Are Virginia Tech We are Virginia Tech. We are sad today, and we will be sad for quite […]

  • Some Embers & Sonnets of Gilbert Parker

        Sir Horatio Gilbert George Parker (1862-1932)     Gilbert Parker of Ontario, Canada, is known primarily as a novelist and politician. He was also a poet. The below selection of his poetry is from his collections, Embers and A Lover’s Diary.     _____     Athenian     Your voice I knew, […]

  • Verse for Veterans: First Foe to Flanders Fields

            by Richard Lovelace (1618-1658)     To Lucasta, Going to the Wars     Tell me not, Sweet, I am unkind,       That from the nunnery Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind       To war and arms I fly. True, a new mistress now I chase, […]