Phyllis McGinley, a talented poet from Ontario, Oregon died on this day in 1978. Literary Heist challenges you to write a poem for submission using the inspiration of Phyllis McGinley’s life.
- On the Contrary (1934)
- One More Manhattan (1937)
- Husbands Are Difficult (1941)
- Stones from Glass Houses (1946)
- A Short Walk from the Station (1951)
- The Love Letters of Phyllis McGinley (1954)
- Merry Christmas, Happy New Year (1958)
- Times Three: Selected Verse from Three Decades (1960), winning a Pulitzer Prize
- Sugar and Spice (1960)
- A Wreath of Christmas Legends (1967)
- Fourteenth Birthday (date unknown)
- The Adversary (date unknown)
- Daniel at Breakfast (date unknown)
- Without a Cloak (date unknown)
Other Works of Interest
- Reactionary Essay on Applied Science
- The Conquerors
- Sticks and stones are hard on bones Aimed with angry art, Words can sting like anything But silence breaks the heart.
- Of one thing I am certain, the body is not the measure of healing, peace is the measure.
- A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away.
- Life is the fruit she longs to hand you, Ripe on a plate. And while you live, Relentlessly she understands you.
- Please to put a nickel, please to put a dime. How petitions trickle in at Christmas time!
- In Australia, not reading poetry is the national pastime.
- Praise is warming and desirable. But it is an earned thing. It has to be deserved, like a hug from a child.
- Getting along with men isn’t what’s truly important. The vital knowledge is how to get along with a man, one man.
- Marriage was all a woman’s idea and for man’s acceptance of the pretty yoke, it becomes us to be grateful.
- Nothing fails like success; nothing is so defeated as yesterday’s triumphant Cause.
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