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October 17
Black Poetry Day

Today is the birth anniversary of the first published African-American poet, Jupiter Hammon, who was born into slavery in 1711, probably on Long Island. Consequently, October 17 is also Black Poetry Day.


I, Too

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"
Then.

Besides,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America.

-- Langston Hughes

Saints celebrating feast days today: Saint Ethelred, Saint Ethelbricht, Saint Etheldreda, Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Saint Nothelm, Saint Rule, and Saint John the Dwarf.

Saint Etheldreda was also known as Saint Audrey. It is said that she died as a result of a tumor on her neck, which gave rise to the tradition of selling necklaces made of silk and lace at St. Audrey's Fairs (fairs held to celebrate her feast day, which seems to have moved from late June to this date). The necklaces were often of poor quality and gave rise to the word "tawdry," which is a corruption of "St. Audrey." I liked the story of "tantony" and Saint Antony better.

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Celebrating birthdays today: Margot Kidder (1948, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada!), and George Wendt (NORM!)(1948, Chicago).

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