Monday, October 12, 2009


Recently I've posted two local poems:

"Ipswich Town" by James Appleton Morgan


"Another 'Tea Rebellion' " by Holman Day.

In the mid to late 19th century every region of America boasted of one or
more poets whose works reflected local history and folklore. Chances are that our
had read some of those poems during the course of their lives.

So, my challenge to my readers is this:

1. Find a poem by a local poet, famous or obscure, from the region one of
your ancestors lived in. It can be about an historical event, a legend, a
person, or even about some place (like a river)or a local animal.

2. Post the poem to your blog (remembering to cite the source where you found it.)

3. Did it inspire you to research the subject of the poem and how it relates to your

4.Submit your post's link here to me by November 22nd and I'll publish all the entries
on Thanksgiving Day!

So there you have it. There's over a month until the deadline so there's plenty of time
for a Google search for poems. I'm looking forward to a great selection of American


Judith Richards Shubert said...

Looking forward to this challenge, Bill. I think I know just the poem!

Bill West said...

And I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the comment,Judith!


John said...

Thanks for the challenge. Here's my first submission.

John said...

And my second (of three)

John said...

And my third and final poem

Thanks for the challenge, I have read a lot of interesting poetry in my search, and have discovered some new poets.

Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

I just posted "The Ballad of Cassandra Southwick" at my blog "Nutfield Genealogy" at

I love this challenge! I had several poems in mind, but finally settled on this one.

Bill West said...

John,great poems! Thanks for taking part!

Heather,I just now saw your entry. Good choice!

Judith, have you posted that poem yet?

I'm glad all of you en.joyed this challenge.

BeNotForgot said...

Bill, I so wanted to participate in this challenge, but did not have the time to research new poems, so I re-posted something I did for another meme back in August. You will find my entry at Thanks for doing this. Hope you do it again! Vickie in Texas

Anonymous said...

Hopefully I am not too late. Here is my submission:

Southern Life