Edna St. Vincent Millay's "The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver"
Bio via Britannica.com:Edna St. Vincent Millay, (born February 22, 1892,Rockland,Maine, U.S.—died October 19, 1950, Austerlitz, New York), American poet and dramatist who came to personifyromanticrebellion and bravado in the 1920s.
Philip Larkin's "First Sight"
Today's poem is for those snowed in and ready for spring. Bio via Wikipedia: Philip Arthur LarkinCHCBEFRSL(9 August 1922 – 2 December 1985) was an English poet, novelist, and librarian. His first book of poetry,The North Ship, was published in 1945, followed by two novels,Jill(1946) andA Girl in Winter(1947), and he came to prominence in 1955 with the publication of his second collection of poems,The Less Deceived, followed byThe Whitsun Weddings(1964) andHigh Windows(1974). He contributed toThe Daily Telegraphas itsjazzcritic from 1961 to 1971, articles gathered inAll What Jazz: A Record Diary 1961–71(1985), and he editedThe Oxford Book of Twentieth Century English Verse(1973).His many honours include theQueen's Gold Medal for Poetry.He was offered, but declined, the position ofPoet Laureatein 1984, following the death ofSir John Betjeman.
W.H. Auden's "Ode to the Medieval Poets"
Yesterday was W.H. Auden's birthday, so here's one of his great ones. Bio via Wikipedia:Wystan Hugh Auden(/ˈwɪstənˈhjuːˈɔːdən/; 21 February 1907– 29 September 1973) was an Anglo-American poet. Auden's poetry was noted for its stylistic and technical achievement, its engagement with politics, morals, love, and religion, and its variety in tone, form, and content. Some of his best known poems are about love, such as "Funeral Blues"; on political and social themes, such as "September 1, 1939" and "The Shield of Achilles"; on cultural and psychological themes, such asThe Age of Anxiety; and on religious themes such as "For the Time Being" and "Horae Canonicae".
Nancy Willard's "The Snow Arrives after Long Silence"
A poem dedicated to this long, cold winter. Nancy Willard(June 26, 1936 – February 19, 2017)was anAmericanwriter: novelist, poet, author and occasional illustrator ofchildren's books. She won the 1982Newbery MedalforA Visit to William Blake's Inn. - Bio via Wikipedia.
James Matthew Wilson's "A Common Tongue"
Wilson is a poet and critic of contemporary poetry, whose work appears regularly in such magazines and journals asFirst Things,The Wall Street Journal,The Hudson Review,Modern Age,The New Criterion,Dappled Things,Measure,The Weekly Standard,Front Porch Republic,The Raintown Review,National Review,andThe American Conservative.He has published ten books, including six books and chapbooks of poetry. Among his volumes are:The Vision of the Soul: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the Western Tradition(CUA, 2017); the major critical study,The Fortunes of Poetry in an Age of Unmaking(Wiseblood, 2015); and a monograph,The Catholic Imagination in Modern American Poetry(bothWiseblood Books, 2014).His most recent books areThe Strangeness of the Good(Angelico, 2020) and the poetic sequence,The River of the Immaculate Conception(Wiseblood, 2019).-Bio via JamesMatthewWilson.com
Kate Baer's "Motherload"
Kate Baer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and poet based on the East Coast. She has been featured in publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue.com, Entertainment Weekly, and Literary Hub. Her first book, What Kind Of Woman, is out now with HarperCollins. -Bio via KateBaer.com.
Maurice Manning's "Railsplitter"
In recognition of President's Day, today's poem is in the posthumous voice of Abraham Lincoln, as imagined by Kentucky poet Maurice Manning. Kentucky poet Maurice Manning has published five books of poetry, includingThe Common Man, which was one of three finalists for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. His first collection,Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions, was selected for the 2000 Yale Series of Younger Poets. He has had works in publications including The New Yorker, Washington Square, The Southern Review, Poetry, Shenandoah, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. - Bio via Transy.edu.