Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.
Happy 58th birthday, Ben Okri! As a teenager, the Nigerian poet and novelist lived through his country’s civil war. He originally wanted to be a physicist, but soon decided that poetry was his true calling.
August 1, 1915: Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken was first published in the Atlantic Monthly 100 years ago today. While the poem works as a metaphor for the weight we put on turning points in our lives, Frost later insisted the verses were simply inspired by a literal walk in the woods.
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Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.
Happy 86th birthday, Derek Walcott! The decorated poet, who was born on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, has won everything from the Nobel Prize to the MacArthur “genius” grant.
All My Best,
Jill M Roberts
If you let people into your life a little bit, they can be pretty damn amazing.
Happy 48th birthday, Sherman Alexie! The author grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington state, which he writes about in his young adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seemed filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Elizabeth Bishop (died October 6, 1979) had a talent for epistolary friendship. She corresponded for decades with fellow poets Marianne Moore and Robert Lowell.
In secret we met
In silence I grieve,
That thy heart could forget,
Thy spirit deceive.
George Gordon Byron
May 17, 1824: Before dying in Greece, Lord Byron entrusted a friend with his memoirs. Other friends, worried that the memoirs would be scandalous, fought to destroy the manuscript—190 years ago today, they succeeded, tearing it up and burning it in the office of Byron’s publisher.
I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world.
Rainer Maria Rilke
December 4, 1875: Poet Rainer Maria Rilke may be best known for his Letters to a Young Poet, published after his death. When Rilke himself was a young writer living in Paris, he worked briefly as a secretary for the sculptor Auguste Rodin. Rilke was born 138 years ago today.
A word after a word after a word is power.
November 18, 1939: Happy 74th birthday, Margaret Atwood! The Canadian novelist, poet, and cultural critic is the author of the hugely influential book The Handmaid’s Tale. She grew up in the forests of Ontario, where her father studied leaf-eating bugs.