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National Poetry Month 9


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National Poetry Month 9

  1. 1. An Excuse For Not Returning the Visit of a Friend Mei-Yao Ch'en Translated by Kenneth Rexroth 9 April 09
  2. 2. An Excuse For Not Returning the Visit of a Friend Do not be offended because I am slow to go out. You know Me too well for that. On my lap I hold my little girl. At my Knees stands my handsome little son. One has just begun to talk. The other chatters without Stopping. They hang on my clothes And follow my every step. I can't get any farther Than the door. I am afraid I will never make it to your house.
  3. 3. Kenneth Rexroth Kenneth Charles Marion Rexroth was born December 22, 1905 in South Bend, Indiana. Orphaned at fourteen, Rexroth moved to live with his aunt in Chicago, where he was expelled from high school. He began publishing in magazines at the age of fifteen. As a youth, he supported himself with odd jobs- as a soda jerk, clerk, wrestler, and reporter. He hitchhiked around the country, visited Europe, and backpacked in the wilderness, reading and frequenting literary salons and lecture halls, and teaching himself several languages.
  4. 4. National Poetry Month National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media — to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern.
  5. 5. THANK YOU Presentation by Neelima