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The Writer’s Almanac for March 21, 2017: The Order of the Day

Mar. 21, 2017: birthday: Phyllis McGinley

It’s the birthday of poet Phyllis McGinley (books by this author), born in Ontario, Oregon (1905). Her collection Times Three: Selected Verse from Three Decades (1960) became the first book of light verse to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

McGinley wrote: “A Mother’s hardest to forgive.
Life is the fruit she longs to hand you,
Ripe on a plate. And while you live,
Relentlessly she understands you.”