Eugene Field

Eugene Field’s Life Eugene Field was a well-known American writer, famous for his humorous essays and poetry for children. Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1850, Field was just four when his mother died. From then onward, his cousin, Mary…

Mother and Child

Mother and Child Eugene Field One night a tiny dewdrop fell Into the bosom of a rose,– “Dear little one, I love thee well, Be ever here thy sweet repose!” Seeing the rose with love bedight, The envious sky frowned…

Claude McKay

Claude McKay’s Life Jamaican poet and novelist Claude McKay was born on September 15, 1889 in Nairne Castle near James Hill, Clarendon, Jamaica. He was the youngest child of his parents. His parents, Hannah Ann Elizabeth Edwards and Thomas Francis…

My Mother

My Mother Claude McKay I Reg wished me to go with him to the field, I paused because I did not want to go; But in her quiet way she made me yield Reluctantly, for she was breathing low. Her…

Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker’s Life Dorothy Parker was an American short story writer, poet, satirist, and critic. Born in the West End village of Long Branch, New Jersey on August 22, 1893, Dorothy lived in a summer cottage with her family. Her…

Godmother

Godmother Dorothy Parker The day that I was christened- It’s a hundred years, and more!- A hag came and listened At the white church door, A-hearing her that bore me And all my kith and kin Considerately, for me, Renouncing…

Alicia Elsbeth Stallings

Alicia Elsbeth Stallings’s Life Alicia Elsbeth Stallings is a well-known American poet and translator. She was born in 1968 in Decatur, Georgia, in the United States, and grew up there. She got a solid education in the public school system.…

Recitative

Recitative A. E. Stallings Every night, we couldn’t sleep. Our upstairs neighbors had to keep Dropping something down the hall— A barbell or a bowling ball, And from the window by the bed, Echoing inside my head, Alley cats expended…

Amber Flora Thomas

Amber Flora Thomas’s Life Amber Flora Thomas is a celebrated living American poetess, who was born and raised in San Francisco, in the United States of America. She grew up in an artistic family, as her mother herself was an…

Aubade

Aubade Amber Flora Thomas I know my leaving in the breakfast table mess. Bowl spills into bowl: milk and bran, bread crust crumbled. You push me back into bed. More “honey” and “baby.” Breath you tell my ear circles inside…

Robert Burns

Robert Burns’s Life A famous Scottish lyricist and poet, and celebrated as the Scottish National Poet, Robert Burns was born on January 25, 1759 in Alloway, Scotland. Burns was the eldest of seven children. His father, William Burnes, was a…

A Red, Red Rose

A Red, Red Rose Robert Burns O my Luve’s like a Red, Red Rose That’s newly sprung in June: O my Luve’s like the melodie That’s sweetly play’d in tune! As fair art thou, my bonnie lass, So deep in…

Raymond A. Foss

Raymond A. Foss’s Life Raymond A. Foss was born on April 1, 1960 in Westfield, Massachusetts, in the United States. He is the eldest of five children. His family moved to Claremont, New Hampshire in 1976 after his sophomore year of…

Mother of Pearl

Mother of Pearl Raymond A. Foss An ancient shell on their shelf a memento, a reminder of the sea of the coast glistening under the film of dust of the passing years a clouded rainbow shimmering color in the surface,…

Thomas Hood

Thomas Hood’s Life A British Romantic poet, journalist, and humorist, Thomas Hood was born on May 23, 1799 in London, the United Kingdom. He was the son of Elizabeth Sands and Thomas Hood Sr., whose family members were Scottish farmers…

Ruth

Ruth Thomas Hood She stood breast high amid the corn, Clasped by the golden light of morn, Like the sweetheart of the sun, Who many a glowing kiss had won. On her cheek an autumn flush, Deeply ripened;—such a blush…

Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster’s Life A popular American songwriter and poet, Stephen Collins Foster was known as the father of American music. He was born on July 4, 1826 in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania. He attended private schools in Towanda, Pennsylvania and Allegheny, Athens…

Beautiful Dreamer

Beautiful Dreamer Stephen Collins Foster Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me, Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee; Sounds of the rude world heard in the day, Lull’d by the moonlight have all pass’d away! Beautiful dreamer, queen of my song,…

Ellen Bryant Voigt

Ellen Bryant Voigt’s Life An American poet, Ellen Bryant Voigt was born in 1943 and brought up on a ranch in Virginia, in the United States of America. She belonged to a family of Southern Baptists, who lived in the…

Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge Ellen Bryant Voigt Up there on the mountain road, the fireworks blistered and subsided, for once at eye level: spatter of light like water flicked from the fingers; the brief emergent pattern; and after the afterimage bled from…