A poem begins with a lump in your throat ~~ Robert Frost

Other Poets/Writers

WARSAN SHIRE was born in Kenya to parents from Somalia and grew up in London. She was 2014 Young Poet Laureate of London. She has always felt like an outsider, and embodies the kind of shape-shifting, culture-juggling spirit lurking in most people who can’t trace their ancestors to their country’s founding fathers, or whose ancestors look nothing like those fathers.  Home is about realities of immigrants.


EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY, pacifist in World War I, became concerned when America had not joined the war against the Germans by 1940. She wrote There are No Islands Anymore about American isolation which was first published in the New York Times. All profits from the poem went to war efforts. Seems relevant today.


RICHARD BLANCO, President Barack Obama selected Blanco in 2012 to serve as the fifth presidential inaugural poet in U.S. history, following in the footsteps of such luminary poets as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. The youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role, Blanco read “One Today”, an original poem he wrote for the occasion, at Obama’s inauguration ceremony on January 21, 2013.



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