Here’s Tuesday’s Quote of the Day!

I want to understand you, 

I study your obscure language. 

Alexander Pushkin

Russian poet Alexander Pushkin (born June 6, 1799) was part of the country’s literati from age 15. By 26, he had begun publishing the serialization of Eugene Onegin, his novel in verse. By 37, he was dead, killed in one of the 29 duels that he fought in his short life.


TGIF! Here’s the Quote of the Day!


Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. 

William Wordsworth

August 28, 1833: On this day, English poet William Wordsworth tried to impress his visitor, Ralph Waldo Emerson, by standing in his garden and reciting poetry. Emerson nearly burst out laughing at the sight.


Love of Words quote of the day for Wednesday!


What is so marvelous about living today is that it is possible to extend, like a flower, spreading petals in all directions.

Carolyn Kizer

Carolyn Kizer (born December 10, 1925) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who wrote a series of poems titled Pro Femina and also translated Japanese and Chinese works. When she was 17 years old, one of her poems was published in the New Yorker.


Quote of the day for Tuesday, October 7th


If you let people into your life a little bit, they can be pretty damn amazing. 

Sherman Alexie

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.


Quote of the day for Monday, October 6th


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 

Elizabeth Bishop

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.

Happy Saturday! Here’s your quote of the day…


Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.

Ben Okri

Happy 55th 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.

Hope everyone’s having a wonderful day! Here’s your quote of the day…


One day in the country
Is worth a month in town

Christina Rossetti

December 5, 1830: Pre-Raphaelite poet Christina Rossetti enjoyed literary success in her lifetime—she was seen as a successor to Elizabeth Barrett Browning—and her work is still influential today. A line in her poem, A Dirge, provided the title of J.K. Rowling’s novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling. Rossetti was born in London, 183 years ago today.

Enjoy today! Here’s your quote of the day…


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.

Quote of the day!


It isn’t ever delicate to live.

Kay Ryan

September 27, 1945: Happy 68th birthday, Kay Ryan! After years as a literary outsider, Ryan was named the U.S. Poet Laureate. During her two terms she advocated for community colleges like the College of Marin, where she taught a remedial English class for decades.

Quote of the Day!


It’s a dangerous mission. You could die out there. You could go on forever.

Tess Gallagher

July 21, 1943: Happy birthday, Tess Gallagher! The poet was married to short story writer Raymond Carver. She turns 70 years old today.