National Poetry Month

So apparently this month is National Poetry Month, in the US.  A celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets and introduced in 1996.  The intention was to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. The poster created to celebrate the event this year was  designed by Paula Scher, and celebrates typography So in celebration of one of my favourite US writers here is a poem from … Continue reading National Poetry Month

Poet Jenny Joseph Died

Sadly Jenny Joseph died yesterday as I have previously posted her most famous poem “Warning” (https://ragtagmagpie.com/2017/05/07/when-i-am-old/) it seemed fitting to re- share, although as you’ll see if you read the BBC obituary the success of the poem wasn’t too popular with the poet herself. BBC article – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-42700952 WARNING When I am an old woman I shall wear purple With a red hat which doesn’t go, … Continue reading Poet Jenny Joseph Died

IF you can keep your head when all about you ….

Born on this day in 1865 – Joseph Rudyard Kipling.  English journalist, story telling, author and poet, famous for giving us The Jungle Book, Kim and of course the beautiful poem If….. If IF you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for … Continue reading IF you can keep your head when all about you ….

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row,

To commemorate Remembrance Sunday I thought it fitting to share some war poetry…. For the Fallen Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, England mourns for her dead across the sea. Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit, Fallen in the cause of the free. Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal Sings sorrow … Continue reading In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row,

Three Cheers for Roger McGough

Born on this date in 1937 was a poet who first sparked my interest in poetry back in middle school.  I remember my English teacher reading the humorous poem The Lesson and I was hooked so a big “thank you” and happy birthday to Roger McGough The Lesson Chaos ruled OK in the classroom as bravely the teacher walked in the nooligans ignored him his … Continue reading Three Cheers for Roger McGough