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Ben Jonson (1572 – 1637)

Benjamin Jonson was believed to be born on June 11th 1572 in London, he was an English playwright and poet, known for his great artistry which had a lasting influence on English poetry and stage comedy. He is generally regarded as the second most important English dramatist, after William Shakespeare, during the reign of JamesContinue reading “Ben Jonson (1572 – 1637)”

Poet Ruth Stone

Ruth Stone was born on June 8th in 1915 in Virginia, she died at the age of 96 in 2011. She lived in a rural farmhouse in Vermont for much of her life and raised three daughters alone after her husband, professor Walter Stone, committed suicide in 1959. She wrote thirteen books of poetry andContinue reading “Poet Ruth Stone”

Happy World Ocean Day

We can all help to support and grow the global movement to protect at least 30% of our blue planet by 2030 – 30 by 30. A healthy ocean is a critical part of the solution to the climate crisis. we can protect our planet’s life support systems – specifically the interconnected issues of ocean, climate, andContinue reading “Happy World Ocean Day”

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks

One of my favourite poets, Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks (1917 -2000), was born on this day, June 7th in 1917, in Kansas. She was an American poet, author, and teacher, her work often dealt with the personal joys and struggles of ordinary people. A much honoured poet, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry on MayContinue reading “Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks”

Poet – Maxine Kumin

American poet and author Maxine Kumin, née Winokur, (1925-2014) was born on this day June 6 in 1925. She has been compared with poets such as Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Frost, as she wrote about life in rural New England. In an interview published in Crazy Horse, she disclosed: “Practically all of [my poems] haveContinue reading “Poet – Maxine Kumin”

World Environment Day 2021

The preservation of natural habitats and the restoration of ecosystems around the world is crucial for all who inhabit and will inhabit our planet. Volunteers, activists, political leaders and all citizens everywhere, have a role to play in order to Restore Our Earth. Reimagine. Recreate. Restore – see the poem by Jordan Sanchez, theContinue reading “World Environment Day 2021”

Christy Brown

Christy Brown, Irish writer and poet was born on this day June 5 1932, he was born with cerebral palsy and near total paralysis apart from his left foot. Brown’s autobiography, ‘My Left Foot’, was developed into a novel ‘Down All The Days’in 1970, which became an international best-seller. Two lesser-known novels followed, as wellContinue reading “Christy Brown”

‘Give Peace A Chance’

On June 1st 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono who were on honeymoon recorded ‘Give Peace A Chance’ during their ‘bed-in’ in Room 1742 at the Hotel La Reine in Montreal, Canada. Only a few months later the song was sung in unison by half a million demonstrators in Washington, D.C. on Vietnam Moratorium Day,Continue reading “‘Give Peace A Chance’”

Walter Whitman

Walter Whitman, (1819 -1892) was born on this day May 31 in 1819 in West Hills, Long Island, he is one of the most influential American poets, often called the father of free verse. Whitman’s major poetry collection, ‘Leaves of Grass’, was first published in 1855 with his own money and became very famous. HeContinue reading “Walter Whitman”