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This day in literary history

Published: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0600

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The Writer's Almanac

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0600

Thursday's poem: "The First Green of Spring" by David Budbill from Moment to Moment: Poems of a Mountain Recluse. Thursday's Literary Notes: It's the birthday of playwright August Wilson, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1945). His lifework included a series of 10 plays, known as The Pittsburgh Cycle, that explored the African-American experience, mostly in Pittsburgh, during the 20th century. Two of the plays, Fences (1987) and The Piano Lesson (1988), won Pulitzer Prizes. About playwriting, he said: "I once wrote a short story called 'The Best Blues Singer in the World' and it went like this: 'The streets that Balboa walked were his own private ocean, and Balboa was drowning.' End of story. That says it all. Nothing else to say. I've been rewriting that same story over and over again. All my plays are rewriting that same story. I'm not sure what it means, other than life is hard."

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