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The Red Poppy

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In 1915, Canadian medical officer John McCrae published what has become one of the most popular poems from the First World War, “In Flanders Fields” : In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely . . . . Continue Reading »

The Eve of St. Agnes—Green Bay, 2008

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The Eve of St. Agnes—Green Bay, 2008 John Keats for Today’s Reader Saint Agnes Eve—Ah, bitter chill it was, The coach for all his sweaters was acold; The team limped weakly through the frozen grass, And bundled were the fans, a woolly fold. Numb were the passer’s fingers as . . . . Continue Reading »