LIT BITS V3 #295
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 100 16:11:27 -0800
Subject: LIT BITS V3 #295
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Excerpted-from: LITERARY CALENDAR V3 #295
Today is Sunday, 22 October 2000; on this day,
118 years ago (1882),
N. C. (Newell Convers) Wyeth--noted for his illustrations for
Stevenson's _Treasure Island_ and _Kidnapped_, and for _Robin Hood_--is
born in Needham, Massachusetts.
115 years ago (1885),
Arthur Rimbaud decides that he is going to become a gun runner for
King Menelik of Shoa.
113 years ago (1887),
John Reed, American poet-adventurer whose life as a revolutionary
writer and activist will make him the hero of a generation of radical
intellectuals, is born in Portland, Oregon.
81 years ago (1919),
Doris Lessing, novelist (_The Golden Notebook_), is born in Persia to
British parents. Many critics will consider her series of novels about
Martha Quest--who grows up in southern Africa and settles in
England--her most substantial work.
36 years ago (1964),
The Nobel Prize for Literature is awarded to Jean-Paul Sartre, who
promptly declines it, saying "A writer must refuse to allow himself
to be transformed into an institution."
A Letter to Louise
Rainy rush of bird-song
Thin bells water-falling sound
Wind-rust on the silver pond
Furry starring willow wand
Wan new grasses waking round
Blue bird in the oak...
Woven in my word-song
White and slim my lover
Birch-tree in the shade
Mountain pools her fearless eyes
Were I blinded to the Spring
Happy thrill would in me rise
Smiling half afraid
At the nearness of her
All my weak endeavor
Lay I at her feet
Like a moth from oversea
Let me longing lightly rest
On her flower petal breast
Till the red dawn set me free
To be with my sweet
Ever and forever...
- John Reed
© 2000 Peter Langston