April is National Poetry Month. Florida, called “[t]he State with the most beautiful name…” by poet Elizabeth Bishop, has been the home and inspiration for many famous and not so famous poets over the centuries.
James Weldon Johnson, ca. 1920
Robert Frost with two Florida State College for Women students, Tallahassee, ca. 1940
Renowned poets such as Donald Justice, Nathaniel Mackey, and James Weldon Johnson were born in Florida. Others, such as Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, and Robert Frost chose Florida as a haven for inspiration.
Poet, publisher, and playwright Kirby Congdon, Key West, ca. 1968
Allen Ginsberg with protesters at the Republican National Convention, Miami Beach, 1972
Poet and dancer Lucille Ranger-Brown performing on Jamaican Independence Day, Miami, 1985
Cowboy poet Carl Sharp, Kenansville, 2006
Tags: National Poetry Month, Poetry, Poets