LIT BITS V3 #282
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 100 18:20:39 -0700
Subject: LIT BITS V3 #282
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Excerpted-from: LITERARY CALENDAR V3 #282
Today is Monday, 9 October 2000; on this day,
94 years ago (1906),
Leopold Senghor, poet and statesman and cofounder of the Negritude
movement in African art and literature, is born in Senegal, French
West Africa. Drafted in 1939 at the beginning of WWII, he is captured
in 1940 and spends two years in Nazi concentrations camps where he
writes some of his best poetry. In 1984, he is inducted in the Academie
Francaise, becoming the first black member in that body's history.
50 years ago (1950),
Edna St. Vincent Millay, poet, dies at 58 in Austerlitz, New York.
39 years ago (1961),
Nunnally Johnson writes to Groucho Marx: "some drunk dame told [James
Thurber] at a party that she would like to have a baby by him. Jim
said, 'Surely you don't mean by unartificial insemination!'"
I, Being Born a Woman
I, being born a woman and distressed
By all the needs and notions of my kind,
Am urged by your propinquity to find
Your person fair, and feel a certain zest
To bear your body's weight upon my breast:
So subtly is the fume of life designed,
To clarify the pulse and cloud the mind,
And leave me once again undone, possessed.
Think not for this, however, the poor treason
Of my stout blood against my staggering brain,
I shall remember you with love, or season
My scorn with pity,--let me make it plain:
I find this frenzy insufficient reason
For conversation when we meet again.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
© 2000 Peter Langston