Mar. 20, 1996

Vernal Sentiment

by Theodore Roethke

Vacancy in the Park

by Wallace Stevens


Today's reading: "Vacancy in the Park" by Wallace Stevens from THE COLLECTED POEMS, published by Alfred A. Knopf; "Vernal Sentiment" by Theodore Roethke from THE LOST SON AND OTHER POEMS 1948, published by Doubleday.

It's the first day of Spring, 3:03 AM, EST.

Snowman Burning festivities take place at Lake Superior State University.

The pigeons return to Fort Wayne, Indiana.

It's the birthday of Roman poet Ovid, born in 43 BC.

Playwright Henrik Ibsen was born on this day in Skien, Norway in 1828.

Edgar Allen Poe's story THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE was published on this day in 1841; it was the first detective story.

Harriet Beecher Stowe's book UNCLE TOM'S CABIN was published in 1852.

Behaviorist B. F. Skinner was born in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania in 1904.

It's the birthday of radio comedian Raymond Walter Goulding, born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1946.

Fred Rogers (Mr. Roger's Neighborhood) was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 1928.

It's the birthday of Shelton"Spike" Lee, born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1957.

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®




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