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Category Archives: Public Domain

By Emily Dickinson

The pedigree of honey Does not concern the bee; A clover, any time, to him Is aristocracy.

“Aftermath” by Siegfried Sassoon

HAVE you forgotten yet?… For the world’s events have rumbled on since those gagged days, Like traffic checked a while at the crossing of city ways: And the haunted gap in your mind has filled with thoughts that flow Like clouds in the lit heavens of life; and you’re a man reprieved to go, Taking […]

“I Shall Not Care” by Sara Teasdale

WHEN I am dead and over me bright April Shakes out her rain-drenched hair, Though you should lean above me broken-hearted, I shall not care. I shall have peace as leafy trees are peaceful, When rain bends down the bough, And I shall be more silent and cold-hearted Than you are now.

From “Of Him I Love Day and Night” by Walt Whitman

OF him I love day and night, I dream’d I heard he was dead; And I dream’d I went where they had buried him I love—but he was not in that place; And I dream’d I wander’d, searching among burial-places, to find him; And I found that every place was a burial-place; The houses full […]

from “Tease” by D.H. Lawrence

You have fingered all my treasures,    Have you not, most curiously, Handled all my tools and measures    And masculine machinery? Over every single beauty    You have had your little rapture; You have slain, as was your duty,    Every sin-mouse you could capture. Still you are not satisfied,    Still you tremble faint reproach; Challenge me I […]

NaPoWriMo Inspiration #3

From “Leaves of Grass” by Walt Whitman: A Glimpse A GLIMPSE, through an interstice caught, Of a crowd of workmen and drivers in a bar-room, around the stove, late of a winter night —And I unremark’d seated in a corner; Of a youth who loves me, and whom I love, silently approaching, and seating himself […]

but his horse

Read “Epistle to Miss Blount, on Her Leaving the Town, After the Coronation” by that daydreaming irritable slave Alexander Pope.

legal neepery of interest only to copyright holders and their publishers

The Amended Settlement filed in Authors Guild v. Google creates a non-profit Book Rights Registry governed by authors and publishers to oversee the settlement on their behalf. A Fairness Hearing has been scheduled for February 18, 2010; authors have until January 28, 2010 to opt out of the agreement. The SFWA is objecting to (among […]

Happy birthday, Alan.

A Birthday MY heart is like a singing bird   Whose nest is in a water’d shoot; My heart is like an apple-tree   Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit; My heart is like a rainbow shell   That paddles in a halcyon sea; My heart is gladder than all these,   Because my love is come to […]

“The Oxen” by Thomas Hardy

Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock.     “Now they are all on their knees,” An elder said as we sat in a flock     By the embers in hearthside ease. We pictured the meek mild creatures where     They dwelt in their strawy pen, Nor did it occur to one of us there     To doubt they were […]