Feb. 19, 1999
Sorry I Spilled It
Poem: Shel Silverstein, "Snowball" and "Sorry I Spilled It," from Falling Up (HarperCollins).
It's the birthday of writer AMY TAN, born in Oakland, California, 1952, author of the novel, The Joy Luck Club (1989). The book has been translated in 17 languages, including Chinese.
It's the anniversary of the BOLLINGEN PRIZE AWARD FOR POETRY, founded in 1949 by Yale University and the Bollingen Foundation to honor the best contemporary American poetry. Poet Robert Creeley was awarded the 1999 Bollingen last week.
Today marks the anniversary of the beginning of the BATTLE OF IWO JIMA in 1945. The Japanese had constructed an elaborate network of caves and tunnels on Iwo Jima, and it took a month of some of the worst fighting in the war for the Marines to secure the island.
It's the birthday in Columbus, Georgia, 1917, of the short-story writer and novelist CARSON MCCULLERS, author of the novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, published when she was just 23.
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