Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Dannie Abse--poet who in 1994 awarded me the Willam Carlos Williams Prize of the Academy of American Poets, through Penn English Dept, has died-- aged 91.



Dannie Abse--poet who in 1994 awarded me the Willam Carlos Williams Prize of the Academy of American Poets, through Penn English Dept, has just died-- aged 91.


I did not know him, or even of him, other than that he was the judge the year I submitted 5 of my first poems and left them in a tray in the English Department in Bennett Hall.  My student health counselor suggested it.

Now I know Abse was a chest specialist and a medical doctor, just like William Carlos Williams himself, and novelists Somerset Maugham and John Grishum? among others.

RIP and thank you for liking those first 5 poems of mine.

I wish I had contacted you and told you that a lot of my poetry has been published, in Rattapallax, Poet Lore, Meridian Anthology, The Nn VA Review, CrossConnect, Truthout, Foreign Policy in Focus, Wild River Review, Amnesty International and Norton's Language for a New Century.

I have done more than a dozen poetry readings internationally,

in Canada, Bali, Chiangmai, Ann Arbor Michigan, UCLA, with Free Burma Coalition, DC Poets Against the War.

I had 2 weekly poetry programs on air Poems of Those who Love Their Country and Garland of Poems (with Thein Htike Oo, alternated weeks) 1997-2001 broadcast to Burma and have two poetry chapbooks

Pelted with Petals:  The Burmese Poems and Tibetan Tanka--and I am still writing poetry and have hundreds of uncollected poems.

Thank you for spotting me so early.

Kyi May Kaung11-11-2014
http://kyimaykaung.blogspot.com
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Good to hear you won a prize for poetry - belated congratulations
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Proud of you aunty>
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Kyi May Kaung Thank you both.
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 Oh no. I used to read and recite his poetry as a schoolgirl in London. RIP
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kmk  Really? I did not know he and you are from UK.
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Kmk What an honor to have had him like my poetry.

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