The Daily Poem
Harmony Holiday's "Microwave Popcorn"
Born in Waterloo, Iowa, poet and choreographer Harmony Holiday is the daughter of Northern Soul singer/songwriter Jimmy Holiday. Her father died when she was five, and she and her mother moved to Los Angeles. Holiday earned a BA in rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA at Columbia University. She is the author ofNegro League Baseball(2011), winner of the Fence Books Motherwell Prize;Go Find your Father/A Famous Blues(Ricochet Editions, 2013), a “dos-a-dos” book featuring poetry, letters, and essays; andHollywood Forever(Fence Books, 2017), which she is turning into an afroballet. She is currently working on a biography of Abbey Lincoln and an epic calledM a a f A(Fence, 2020), an exploration of reparations and the body.Bio via Poetry Foundation
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Woods in Winter"
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow(February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride",The Song of Hiawatha, andEvangeline. He was the first American to translateDante Alighieri'sDivine Comedyand was one of thefireside poetsfrom New England.Bio via Wikipedia
Li-Young Lee's "Eating Together"
Li-Young Lee(李立揚,pinyin: Lǐ Lìyáng) (born August 19, 1957) is an Americanpoet. He was born inJakarta,Indonesia, toChineseparents.His maternal great-grandfather wasYuan Shikai, China's first Republican President,who attempted to make himself emperor. Lee's father, who was a personal physician toMao Zedongwhile in China, relocated his family to Indonesia, where he helped foundGamaliel University. In 1959 the Lee family fled Indonesia to escape widespread anti-Chinese sentiment and after a five-year trek throughHong KongandJapan, they settled in the United States in 1964. Li-Young Lee attended theUniversity of Pittsburgh, theUniversity of Arizona, and theState University of New York at Brockport.Bio via Wikipedia.