Apr. 24, 1999
Passing a Truck Full of Chickens at Night on Highway Eighty
Poems: "Passing a Truck Full of Chickens at Night on Highway Eighty," by Jane Mead, From The Lord and the General Din of the World (Sarabande Books).
It's SUE GRAFTON'S birthday, in Louisville, Kentucky, 1940, author of an alphabet of mystery novels, like A Is for Alibi, and B Is for Burglar all about the adventures of Kinsey Millhone, the hard-boiled detective who drives a beat-up old VW around Santa Teresa, California solving crimes.
It's the anniversary of the EASTER UPRISING in Dublin, 1916. At noon the day after Easter, poet Patrick Pearse led about 1,500 Irishmen to the steps of the main Post Office and declared Irish independence from Britain.
The nation's first Poet Laureate, ROBERT PENN WARREN, was born on this day in 1905, in the little southern Kentucky town of Guthrie, in the Cumberland Valley.
The English novelist and playwright ELIZABETH GOUDGE was born on this day in Somersetshire, 1900. She wrote a series of popular books in the 1930s and '40s, like Island Magic, City of Bells, Towers in the Mist, and The Bird in the Tree.
It was on this day in 1898 that the SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR began.
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