The Titular, Circular, Cyclical and the Forlorn: Rescuing Robert Frost from Himself

Robert Frost won four Pulitzer Prizes for his poetry.  He was an earthy icon and, in some eyes, an American shame, for the man could love only himself and not his children or his wife. I’m not sure if that’s a crime against himself, or his promises, but there is no denying the man was an original and he knew how to write and he knew what he was.

Marred by the mistake of genius, Robert Frost cared only for his poetry, and his legacy, and that’s why the new fascination with protecting Frost’s legacy on the page is so intriguing.

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Nancy McDaniel

Nancy McDaniel writes the beautiful and passionate World Traveler series for Go Inside Magazine. Ms. McDaniel is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she majored in sociology, but has always loved to write: letters to the editors, poetry, and always a journal of her travels.

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Autobiography

by Steve Gaines

[Fore Word (a “Gainesian” Spelling): I wrote my first poem in 1943 in Peru, Nebraska. I published that poem. The fact that it was in the third grade newspaper of which I was the editor means nothing. I was on my way to a distinguished career as a famous twentieth century poet. Alas… something went seriously awry and I didn’t get around to my second poem until about 1957… and though I greatly admire and respect my poetry… and am reasonably convinced that it fills a significant but otherwise unfilled niche in the evolution American Letters… I never seem to gather sufficient enthusiasm to attempt another publishing. So here I am, hove to in the mid 1990’s still languishing in the closet. I don’t find that disappointing… if for no other reason than I have yet to suffer the indignities of the rejections familiar to all writers. My confidence is still intact and I am still batting l,000! After all success is not defined by quantity…

What you find within these pages are some things I have written over a long a curious life… almost sixty now (actually 62 at this writing). I do not hold out a great deal of hope of ever becoming a poet of great acknowledgment or importance. I do hope to become a poet who has said some things… mostly about himself… that somehow give a little insight into who I really am. That is mainly for my benefit. It may even be possible that some of the things I have put to paper ring a bell in other curious belfries… or maybe not.

— Steve G.]
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William Samuel Craig

William Samuel Craig’s Letters From The Civil War appear exclusively here in Boles Blogs.

Mr. Craig was born on January 8, 1832 in Nicholas County, Kentucky. His parents were Robert Craig and Mary Conaway Craig. At the age of fifteen, his family moved to McLean County, Illinois. His father died there in 1852. On July 11, 1858, in Carroll County, Missouri, he married Levica Payne, the daughter of James Payne and Harriet Ridgell Payne. She was 23 years old; he was 26 years old.

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