January 27, 2013
Indiana poet Noah J. Clodfelter mourns the loss of his young son Byron (named after the poet) in 1879 and the touching poet he wrote a few days later: "Methinks I see my little boy, / With hands extended to me now, As if in ecstacy of joy, / To press fond kisses on my brow."
Death of Sill: can't be worse than Ohio
February 27, 1813
On the death of poet Edward Rowland Sill (pictured here) in 1887, as well as his thoughts on life and death: "And so, if life is endlessly manifold, we may hope for good and great things, here or hereafter."
Death of Burnham: To us is the weeping
June 22, 2013
In this post on the 1873 death of New Hampshire born poet Samuel Burnham, what moved me most was his last utterance, recorded simply as: "Beautiful."
Weeks: I am glad to be alive!
September 21, 2013
This post introduced New York writer Robert Kelley Weeks, born September 21, 1840, and his unshakably optimistic poetry. "Butterflies float in a dream..."
Birth of John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
October 21, 2013
On the birth of this quadruple-named Connecticut poet in 1796 and his short career in publishing and the law — as well as his poem on the most heinous of crimes, the stealing of newspapers.
Evils oppressing themselves or others
November 21, 2013
The final installment of "Woman and Her Needs" by Elizabeth Oakes Smith, and her rallying cry for women's equality. This was actually a two-parter, meant to add to the post on her last installment of the same essay from June 2013.