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Today in history: Fidel turns 89, poem by Che

"If iron stands in our way, we ask for a sheet of Cuban tears to cover our guerrillas bones on the journey to American history . . . "

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"15 and a Union, Someday," a villanelle

This poem is a villanelle, a form of poetry that traces its humble roots to the Italian countryside and peasants singing rounds during the harvest.

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Juan Felipe Herrera named first Latino poet laureate

"I'm here for everyone and from everyone; my voice is made by everyone's voices."

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Poem for peace: “Brother”

"I depend on you and you can depend on me. A brother is no bother. We all have the same Father."

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Today: Two American poets honor LGBT Pride Month

Includes poetry by Walt Whitman and Judy Grahn.

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Today in history: Vietnam leader Ho Chi Minh is born, 1890

Ho Chi Minh was also a writer and poet; here are four short poems.

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Poets honor 'migration' paintings of Jacob Lawrence

For a tribute in verse to one of the 20th century's greatest painters, the late Jacob Lawrence, only the finest poets would do.

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Today in history: “Bread and Roses” for National Poetry Month

On this date in 1946, James Oppenheim's poem "Bread and Roses" was published in "Industrial Solidarity."

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Today in history for Poetry Month: Shakespeare on Robben Island

After he became president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela continued to read, to quote and to love William Shakespeare.

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Today in history: An occasional poem for the first night of Passover

Tonight begins the Jewish festival of Passover, which celebrates the exodus of the Hebrew slaves from Egypt.

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