Body and soul, let’s all go / transformed into arrows! / Piercing the air / body and soul, let’s go / with no turning back.
August 15, 1982: On this day, Ko Un was released from prison under a general amnesty. The former Buddhist monk, who had been given a life sentence for resisting the South Korean military dictatorship, went on to become one of the most acclaimed poets in Korea.
A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
August 1, 1915: Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken was first published in the Atlantic Monthly 102 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.
Anyone in pursuit of art is responding to a desire to make visible that which is not, to offer the unknown self to others.
October 13, 1958: On this day, Hettie Cohen married poet LeRoi Jones—and took his last name. She would write about that day (and others) in her memoir, How I Became Hettie Jones.
Fact of the Day:
New Jersey is home to the world’s first drive-in movie theater.
Today in History:
January 24, 1965
Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill died in London at age 90.
1968 – Mary Lou Retton
1941 – Neil Diamond
(1949-1982) – John Belushi
All My Best,
Jill M Roberts
The salvation of this human world lies nowhere else than in the human heart, in the human power to reflect, in human meekness and human responsibility.
December 29, 1989: Czech playwright Vaclav Havel continued to be a champion of human rights and free speech even as he became the president of Czechoslovakia, 24 years ago today.