July 4, 1855

July 4, 2020

There may have been many other notable events on July 4, 1855, but we mark two in particular: the New York state legislature passed an early prohibition law (struck down by its Supreme Court soon after) and Walt Whitman published the first edition of Leaves of Grass at the Brooklyn print shop of James and Andrew Rome. Whitman continued to revise the text for the remaining three-plus decades of his life. Read it on Project Gutenberg. And auspicious Fourth to you.

today!

July 4, 2018

Today’s the day: sign ups open for the August Poetry Postcard Fest. Details here, or go directly to the August POetry POstcard Fest 12 (2018) registration page.

on poetry

July 4, 2015

Ted Joans“Don’t let the minute spoil the hour.”
Ted Joans
(July 4, 1928 – April 25, 2003)
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