Farm - The Saint Report
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, sing America.
am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--
I, too, am America.
feast days today: Saint Ethelred, Saint Ethelbricht, Saint Etheldreda,
Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Saint Nothelm, Saint Rule, and Saint
John the Dwarf.
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.
birthdays today: Margot Kidder (1948, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories,
Canada!), and George Wendt (NORM!)(1948,
to October 18
to October 16
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