OTR Celebrates Irish Poets

March belongs to the Irish poets.  Ireland’s dramatic landscape, history, language and people have granted richness and dignity to their poetry.  There are so many remarkable poets and poems to choose from so I decided to start at the beginning. “The Mystery” is considered to be the first Irish poem attributed to one of Ireland’sContinue reading “OTR Celebrates Irish Poets”

Happy Birthday Edna St. Vincent Millay

“I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.” Edna St. Vincent Millay Today, in 1892, Edna St. Vincent Millay rushed into this world.  Born in Rockland, Maine, her parents were Cora Lounella, a nurse,Continue reading “Happy Birthday Edna St. Vincent Millay”

Happy Valentine’s Day

“Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night.  I miss you like hell.” Edna St. Vincent Millay Edna St. Vincent Millay always gives us a different perspective.   After all, Valentine’s Day should carry a little surprise.Continue reading “Happy Valentine’s Day”

OTR Celebrates Maya Angelou

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou Maya Angelou has reached iconic status in today’s world. Even so, her journey was not for the fainthearted.   Born Marguerite Johnson in 1928 in St Louis, Missouri, MayaContinue reading “OTR Celebrates Maya Angelou”

OTR Celebrates Langston Hughes

  February is the month that Canadians celebrate Black History.   One of my favourite poets is Langston Hughes, who was first acknowledged as a significant literary figure in the 1920’s, during the Harlem Renaissance period. He was only in his twenties.  His wrote about difficult times, yet his was a voice of profound optimism andContinue reading “OTR Celebrates Langston Hughes”

Edna St. Vincent Millay

“My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night; but ah, my foes, and oh, my friends – it gives a lovely light!” Edna St. Vincent Millay Several years ago, I placed poetry on the top of my reading list.  I wanted to experience the phrasing and dynamics beyond the words onContinue reading “Edna St. Vincent Millay”