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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 . . . "


"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.


Juan Felipe Herrera named first Latino poet laureate

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


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."


Today: Two American poets honor LGBT Pride Month

Includes poetry by Walt Whitman and Judy Grahn.


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.


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.


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."


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.


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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