The Daily Poem
Naomi Shihab Nye's "Fundamentalism"
Naomi Shihab Nye(Arabic:نعومي شهاب ناي; born March 12, 1952) is apoet,songwriter, and novelist. She was born to aPalestinianfather and an American mother. She began composing her first poem at the age of six and has published or contributed to over 30 volumes. Her works include poetry, young-adult fiction, picture books, and novels.Although she calls herself a "wandering poet", she refers toSan Antonioas her home. She says a visit to her grandmother in the West Bank village ofSinjilwas a life-changing experience. Nye received the 2013NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literaturein honor of her entire body of work as a writer,and in 2019 thePoetry Foundationdesignated her theYoung People's Poet Laureatefor the 2019–21 term.Bio via Wikipedia
Bryana Joy's "Kabul Airport"
Bryana Joy is a writer, poet, and full-time artist who believes in the subtle power of Story to challenge and change us. In 2018, she launched theLetters From The Sea Tower, a handmade monthly subscription letter full of watercolor sketches, paintings, and snippets of glory from the Great Books. Her poetry has appeared in over two dozen literary magazines, includingBeloit Poetry Journal,Chestnut Review, andBlue Earth Review. In her shop, she offers original watercolor paintings, travel sketches, poetry workshops, poetry subscriptions, poetry feedback, and illustrated literary fine art prints. Bryana takes delight in Celtic art, snail mail, thunderstorms, loose-leaf tea, green countrysides, and the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. She has lived in Turkey, East Texas, and England, and currently resides in Eastern Pennsylvania with her husband. You can follow her work onInstagram,Twitter, andFacebook.
Sir Walter Scott's "Lochinvar"
Sir Walter Scott, 1st BaronetFRSEFSAScot(15 August 1771 – 21 September 1832), was a Scottish historical novelist, poet, playwright, and historian. Many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature andScottish literature. Famous titles include the novelsIvanhoe,Rob Roy,Waverley,Old Mortality(orThe Tale of Old Mortality),The Heart of Mid-LothianandThe Bride of Lammermoor, and the narrative poemsThe Lady of the LakeandMarmion.Although primarily remembered for his extensive literary works and his political engagement, Scott was an advocate, judge and legal administrator by profession, and throughout his career combined his writing and editing work with his daily occupation asClerk of SessionandSheriff-DeputeofSelkirkshire.A prominent member of theToryestablishment in Edinburgh, Scott was an active member of theHighland Society, served a long term as president of theRoyal Society of Edinburgh(1820–1832) and was a vice president of theSociety of Antiquaries of Scotland(1827–1829).Bio via Wikipedia
William Carlos Williams' "A Coronal"
William Carlos Williams(September 17, 1883 – March 4, 1963) was an American poet, writer, and physician closely associated withmodernismandimagism.In addition to his writing, Williams had a long career as a physician practicing bothpediatricsand general medicine. He was affiliated with Passaic General Hospital, where he served as the hospital's chief of pediatrics from 1924 until his death. The hospital, which is now known asSt. Mary's General Hospital, paid tribute to Williams with a memorial plaque that states "We walk the wards that Williams walked".Bio via Wikipedia
Margaret Cavendish's "A Lady Dressed by Youth"
Margaret Lucas Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne(1623 – 15 December 1673) was an English philosopher, poet, scientist, fiction writer and playwright. She published in her own name at a time when most women writers remained anonymous.
Katherine Anne Porter's "Wild Geese Alighting on a Lake"
Katherine Anne Porter(May 15, 1890 – September 18, 1980) was an American journalist, essayist, short story writer, novelist, and political activist. Her 1962 novelShip of Foolswas the best-selling novel in America that year, but hershort storiesreceived much more critical acclaim.
Elinor Wylie's "Atavism"
Elinor Morton Wylie(September 7, 1885 – December 16, 1928) was an Americanpoetand novelist popular in the 1920s and 1930s. "She was famous during her life almost as much for her ethereal beauty and personality as for her melodious, sensuous poetry."Bio via Wikipedia.
John Keats' "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer"
John Keats(31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821) was an English poet prominent in the second generation ofRomanticpoets, withLord ByronandPercy Bysshe Shelley, although his poems were in publication for only four years before he died oftuberculosisat the age of 25.They were indifferently received by critics in his lifetime, but his fame grew rapidly after his death.By the end of the century he had been placed in the canon of English literature and become the inspiration for thePre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, with a strong influence on many writers; theEncyclopædia Britannicadescribed one ode as "one of the final masterpieces".Jorge Luis Borgescalled his first encounter with Keats's work an experience that he felt all of his life.It had a style "heavily loaded with sensualities", notably in theseries of odes. Typically of the Romantics, he accentuated extreme emotion through emphasis on natural imagery. Today his poems and letters remain among the most popular and analysed in English literature. Especially acclaimed are "Ode to a Nightingale", "Ode on a Grecian Urn", "Sleep and Poetry" and the sonnet "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer".Bio via Wikipedia
Seamus Heaney's "The Rain Stick"
Seamus Justin HeaneyMRIA(/ˈʃeɪməsˈhiːni/; 13 April 1939– 30 August 2013) was anIrishpoet, playwright and translator. He received the 1995Nobel Prize in Literature.Among his best-known works isDeath of a Naturalist(1966), his first major published volume. Heaney was and is still recognised as one of the principal contributors to poetry in Ireland during his lifetime. American poetRobert Lowelldescribed him as "the most important Irish poet sinceYeats", and many others, including the academicJohn Sutherland, have said that he was "the greatest poet of our age".Robert Pinskyhas stated that "with his wonderful gift of eye and ear Heaney has the gift of the story-teller."Upon his death in 2013,The Independentdescribed him as "probably the best-known poet in the world".Bio via Wikipedia